Andrew Luck did just about everything he could but came up short in the final football game of his college career.
Despite a stellar performance, Luck and the Cardinal came up short in a 41-38 overtime loss to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl Monday night.
Now Luck heads to the NFL, where he is considered a virtual lock to be the top pick in the draft.
Owner of just about every major passing record at Stanford, including most touchdown passes in a single season and career, Luck's swan song was undone as kicker Jordan Williamson hooked a 35-yard field goal attempt at the end of regulation.
Williamson missed again to open overtime, opening the door for the Cowboys to win the game.
Luck completed 27 of 31 passes for 347 yards and two touchdowns with one interception and looked in control the entire night. About the only thing he couldn't control was conservative play-calling down the stretch and Williamson's snap-hook.
It wasn't the ending Luck envisioned when he bypasses the NFL after last season, but he has no regrets.
“Yes, it was worth it,” Luck said. “Not to say I enjoyed every moment, because I didn’t. But I would never regret it. I felt I grew a lot as a person, as a player.
"Just in life, I learned a lot. Got a chance to be around guys like Chase and Delano. I think we’ve forged unbelievable friendships and had a chance to play a great college football game. Definitely worth it.”
Despite his great performance and the tough loss, Luck was not about to pile on his kicker or anyone else for the setback.
"I play football to win," Luck said. "I'm sure I'll watch the film to see what I can learn, but at the end of the day we lost, and I'm as much to blame as anyone."
Stanford coach David Shaw had nothing but praise for his quarterback after the game.
"He's a hall of fame college football player," Shaw said. "They come around every 20 years or so. He hates to hear that, but it's the doggone truth. And it has nothing to do with how he throws the ball."
Oklahoma State tops Stanford
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