37th Annual Fiesta Bowl - Fiesta Bowl | Fiesta Bowl

Big East Conference champion West Virginia’s renowned speed and potent spread/big-play offense stunned Big 12 Conference titlist Oklahoma with six touchdowns, including three scores of 57 yards or longer and none shorter than 17 yards, in its 48-28 victory. The 2008 Fiesta Bowl was played in front of 70,016 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium, the 23rd sellout in the past 24 Fiesta Bowls.

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The Mountaineers’ 525 total yards (349 rushing), the most allowed by the Sooners during the season, set a WVU bowl record.

Mountaineer quarterback Pat White triggered their offensive barrage with 176 yards through the air and 150 yards on the ground. Freshman running back Noel Devine complemented White with 110 rushing yards on 13 carries in relief of injured standout Steve Slaton, who carried only once after suffering a pulled hamstring early in the contest. Darius Reynaud scored two touchdowns — one receiving, the other rushing.

The teams exchanged three early field goals that gave WVU a 6-3 second-quarter lead. The Mountaineers’ quick-strike touchdown onslaught began shortly thereafter when fullback Owen Schmitt rambled down the sideline on a 57-yard touchdown jaunt, the longest run in WVU bowl history. Following another Oklahoma field goal, Reynaud gathered a pass from White for a 21-yard touchdown to give West Virginia a 20-6 halftime advantage.

Oklahoma closed the gap at the outset of the third quarter with 10 unanswered points that cut WVU’s lead to 20-15. The Sooners scored on Garrett Hartley’s third field goal and a 1-yard touchdown run by Chris Brown that capped a seven-play, 80-yard drive.

However, West Virginia regained the game’s momentum with two touchdowns to end the third quarter, the first a 17-yard run by Devine, the second a 30-yard rush by Reynaud on a reverse.

Despite two fourth-quarter Oklahoma touchdowns — Sam Bradford passes to Quentin Chaney (19 yards) and Juaquin Iglesias (15 yards) — WVU sealed the deal with two six-pointers of its own, a 79-yard pass from White to Tito Gonzales, and a 65-yard back-breaking dash by Devine. The former was the longest touchdown pass in WVU history and tied for the second longest in Fiesta Bowl annals.

One of six interim head coaches to lead teams into bowl games following the 2007 season, WVU’s Bill Stewart was the only one to claim victory. “Interim” was removed from his title the next morning.

  • Stadium:

    University of Phoenix Stadium

  • Attendance:


  • Offensive Player of the Game:

    Patrick White, West Virginia

  • Defensive Player of the Game:

    Reed Williams, West Virginia

  • Sportsmanship Award:

    Curtis Lofton, Oklahoma

  • Head Coaches:

    Bill Stewart, West Virginia; - Bob Stoops, Oklahoma

  • Weather:

    64 degrees indoors, roof closed (cool and clear outside)

Quarter Scores

West Virginia614141448


17First Downs25
176Passing Yards242
57Return Yards13

How They Scored

30Pat McAfee 38-yard field goal
60McAfee 42-yard field goal
63Garrett Hartley 37-yard field goal
133Owen Schmitt 57-yard run (McAfee kick)
136Hartley 24-yard field goal
206Darius Reynaud 21-yard pass from Pat White (McAfee kick)
209Hartley 42-yard field goal
2015Chris Brown 1-yard run (pass failed)
2715Noel Devine 17-yard run (McAfee kick)
3415Reynaud 30-yard run (McAfee kick)
3421Quentin Chaney 19-yard pass from Sam Bradford (rush failed)
4121Tito Gonzales 79-yard pass from Pat White (McAfee kick)
4128Juaquin Iglesias 15-yard pass from Bradford (Hartley kick)
2828Devine 65-yard run (McAfee kick)

Individual Statistics

WVUPat White 20-150, Noel Devine 13-110, Owen Schmitt 3-64, Darius Reynaud 1-30, Jock Sanders 1-0, Steve Slaton 1-0.
OUAllen Patrick 14-82, Chris Brown 16-53, Mossis Madu 5-43, Jacob Gutierrez 1-3, Sam Bradford 7-22.
WVUPat White 10-19-0-176.
OUSam Bradford 21-33-1-242.
WVUDarius Reynaud 5-42, Noel Devine 2-47, Tito Gonzales 1-79, Jock Sanders 1-6, Steve Slaton 1-2.
OUJuaquin Iglesias 8-53, Quentin Chaney 4-129, Manuel Johnson 4-25, Jermaine Greshman 3-34, Joe Jon Finley 1-4, Allen Patrick 1-(-3).