SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The best way for Stanford to keep Oklahoma State's high-powered offense in check in the Fiesta Bowl is to keep it off the field.
Which means the Cardinal must execute as efficiently as it did a year ago in the Orange Bowl, when it punted just three times, gained 534 yards and scored 40 points.
The players who fueled the victory over Virginia Tech, tight ends Coby Fleener and Zach Ertz -- they combined for four touchdowns -- will be integral to Stanford's success Monday, as well.
"(The Orange Bowl) was kind of a surprise for all of us, and it set the standard for this year," Ertz said. "Hopefully, it will have some carry-over into the Fiesta Bowl."
As the tight ends go, so goes Stanford's offense.
The Cardinal clicked early in the season by relying on Ertz, Fleener and Levine Toilolo to compensate for the underperforming receivers.
Then Ertz injured his knee against USC and missed most of the stretch run. The Cardinal wasn't the same without him: Quarterback Andrew Luck's interception total soared while Stanford's point total dropped.
But Ertz is healthy again and should join Fleener and Toilolo in the three-tight end alignment that was so successful in the first half of the season.
"Hopefully, we can beat (the Orange Bowl) numbers -- that would be ideal," Fleener said. "But ultimately, the win is what's important.''
Without another big game from the tight ends, a win could prove elusive.
"This is a little easier trip budgetarily than the Orange Bowl," he added.
Stanford broke even on the Orange Bowl, excluding bonuses for coaches.
Asked if any facets of those games were applicable to the Fiesta Bowl, coach David Shaw said: "Not at all. There's no overlying Pac-12 way to play. There is no overlying Big 12 way to play. Every team is individual."
"We made it 12:30, and our guys didn't bat an eyelash," Shaw said. "They were all going to be in bed by 12:15 or so anyway."