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Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy welcomes TCU and West Virginia to the Big 12 Conference.
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2011 winner of the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year Award selected by the Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America after leading Oklahoma State to a 12-1 record, its first Big 12 championship and BCS bowl game appearance in 2011. In guiding the Cowboys to the Big 12 title, OSU became the first school other than Oklahoma or Texas to win the conference since 2003.
Finalist for the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award and the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year Award in both 2010 and 2011.
2010 Big 12 Coach of the Year after leading Oklahoma State to an 11-2 overall record and a share of the Big 12 South title.
Has coached four major national award winners since 2008, as punter Matt Fodge won the Ray Guy Award in 2008, kicker Dan Bailey won the Lou Groza Award in 2010 and receiver Justin Blackmon won the Biletnikoff Award in 2010 and 2011.
Since 2008 alone, Gundy has coached three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation's top wide receiver, plus finalists for the Rimington Award given to the nation's top center, the Thorpe Award given to the nation's top defensive back, the Mackey Award given to the nation's top tight end, the Outland Trophy given to the nation's top interior lineman, the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's top running back, the Ray Guy Award given to the nation's top punter and the Lou Groza Award given to the nation's top kicker.
Has coached 16 All-Americans in the last six seasons, including a pair of unanimous All-Americans: OL Russell Okung in 2009 and WR Justin Blackmon in 2010 and 2011.
In quarterback Brandon Weeden, Kendall Hunter and Blackmon, Gundy coached the first trio of teammates in NCAA history to post 4,000 yards passing, 1,500 yards rushing and 1,500 yards receiving in the same season.
Evidence of Oklahoma State's rise on both the Big 12 and national levels during Mike Gundy's tenure as head coach is everywhere. Consider the following:
Oklahoma State has been ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll in five of the last six seasons and has posted 10-win seasons three of the last four years. OSU has finished no lower than third in the Big 12 since 2009.
The Cowboys have won 41 games in the last four years and 50 games in the last five.
Gundy has led the Cowboys to a 37-14 record against Big 12 opposition since 2008 and he has OSU situated as one of only two Big 12 teams with a winning conference record every year since 2008.
The Cowboys rank eighth nationally with 59 wins since the beginning of the 2008 season.
OSU has scored four victories over teams ranked in the Associated Press top 10 since 2008.
OSU's current streak of eight straight bowl games is the best in the history of the program.
From 2011-13, Oklahoma State has taken care of its home turf, compiling a 17-2 record in Boone Pickens Stadium.
OSU has set the top five single-season attendance records in school history the past five seasons, including a record average of 59,126 in 2013.
Seventeen Gundy-era Cowboys have been drafted into the NFL, with six of those 17 chosen in the first round.
While still in the early stages of his head coaching career, Gundy's coaching tree has already blossomed. Former Gundy coordinators include Illinois head coach Tim Beckman, North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen and Southern Miss head coach Todd Monken. Other notable former Gundy position coaches include Texas offensive coordinator Joe Wickline and TCU offensive coordinator Doug Meacham.
Eye-popping point totals have become the norm, with the Cowboys scoring 50 or more points 27 times, 60 or more points eight times and 70 or more points twice under Gundy heading into the 2014 season.
In 2005, when Mike Gundy was elevated to head coach, he could have been described as a sentimental selection at his alma mater. He was a decorated Oklahoma high school athlete, one of the most successful quarterbacks in OSU history, and he had served on the staff of the three previous OSU head coaches. His ties to the school ran deep for him and his family. Most importantly, he was considered a Cowboy by Cowboys.
Fast forward to 2014, and with that sentimental choice now the winningest coach in OSU football history, it appears the Cowboy football program has entered into a new era.
OSU has an outright Big 12 title (2011) and a share of the old Big 12 South title (2010). In 2011, Oklahoma State made its first Bowl Championship Series appearance - which resulted in a win over fourth-ranked Stanford. The school finished the 2010 and 2011 seasons ranked among the top 10, including a school-best third in 2011. The 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl champs were just .0086 of a point from an appearance in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.
The run to the Big 12 title in 2011 earned Gundy the Eddie Robinson Award as the national coach of the year as selected by the Football Writers Association of America after he was a finalist for the same honor in 2010. He was also tabbed as the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year Award, was voted national coach of the year by American Football Monthly and was a finalist for the Liberty Mutual national coach of the year award. The national accolades came just one year after Gundy was named Big 12 coach of the year in 2010 for leading OSU to a share of the Big 12 South title.
The 2010 and 2011 seasons represented the first 11-win and 12-win seasons in Cowboy history and OSU has capped each of its last eight seasons with bowl trips. It is a consistency that has never been in place in Stillwater.
OSU was 12-15 after 27 games under Gundy. Since then, the Cowboys have gone 65-23. Gundy has coached 14 first-team All-Americans and four individual national award winners during his short head coaching career. And during his tenure, OSU has been firmly established as one of the most entertaining offensive teams in America. Five times in the last seven years Oklahoma State has been among the nation's top 10 in total offense.
The Cowboys averaged a school-record 48.7 points per game in 2011. In fact, only twice in the last six years has OSU averaged less than 40 points per game. During that same time frame, OSU has churned out elite offensive talent. Offensive lineman Russell Okung, quarterback Brandon Weeden, receivers Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon and tight end Brandon Pettigrew were all taken in the first round of recent NFL Drafts.
Records have been falling at the box office as well. The 2013 Cowboys were supported like no other in school history as new school marks were set for season tickets (50,223) and average attendance (59,126). Six of the eight single-game attendance highs came in 2013, including a sellout crowd of 60,218 that watched the Cowboys topple No. 3 Baylor.
Gundy's squad set a Big 12 record with nine first-team All-Big 12 selections in 2010 and matched that record in 2011.
Under Gundy, Oklahoma State has won at least seven games in eight straight seasons for the first time ever and won at least nine games in four straight seasons for the first time from 2008-11. In 2010 and 2011, Oklahoma State reached 11 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time in school history. OSU reached another milestone in 2011 with wins over five ranked teams.
Oklahoma State has reached the Associated Press top 10 in five of the last six seasons and climbed to an all-time high of second in 2011 before finishing third. After missing out on the AP top 10 in 2012, the Cowboys climbed as high as No. 6 in 2013.
Under Gundy, OSU has not only set a school record for first-team all-league selections, but also for first-team academic all-conference selections.
Gundy and Oklahoma State agreed on a new contract in January of 2012. The agreement keeps the former Cowboy quarterback in charge of OSU's football fortunes through at least 2019. And it is documentation of the progress that Oklahoma State has made since the 1990 OSU grad became the school's head coach.
His record of 77-38 hardly describes the renaissance of Cowboy football. Under Gundy's guidance, OSU's Big 12 record has improved from 1-7 in 2005 to 3-5 in 2006, 4-4 in 2007, 5-3 in 2008, 6-2 in 2009 and 2010, 8-1 in 2011, 5-4 in 2012 and 7-2 in 2013.
Gundy was hired as the school's 22nd head football coach on Jan. 3, 2005. He had been serving as OSU's offensive coordinator under Les Miles. It was the culmination of a legendary career for one of Oklahoma's all-time great high school athletes.
The first year was tough. Oklahoma State was 4-7 with one conference win and a sixth-place finish in the Big 12 South. Gundy, however, never wavered. He faced early and difficult decisions in his head coaching career. Those challenges included the dismissal of several players, some who figured to be headliners going into the 2005 campaign. He also had to deal with the shocking death of Vernon Grant, an inspirational team leader and multi-year starter. Gundy handled the early adversity with a steady hand beyond his years. The young Cowboys spent year one in transition with a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator and a new defensive coordinator.
In 2006, OSU's second year under Gundy, the record improved to 7-6, with a win in the Independence Bowl over Alabama. OSU fielded one of the country's most exciting offensive squads, displayed some talented underclassmen on defense and proved capable of bumping helmets with the elite of the Big 12. And that win total, as impressive as it was, could have been even more pronounced as four Cowboy losses were decided on the final play of the game. The season included a win over Big 12 North champ Nebraska and a last-play loss to South champ Oklahoma.
The 34-31 win over Alabama in the PetroSun Independence Bowl was OSU's fourth bowl appearance in five seasons, but marked just the second postseason win for OSU since Barry Sanders terrorized opposing defenses in 1988. Scoring was up by more than two touchdowns per game as the 2006 edition of Cowboy football became one of the most prolific offensive teams in school history, averaging more than 35 points per game. Oklahoma State joined undefeated Boise State as the only two teams in the country to average more than 200 yards per game rushing and passing.
OSU's 2006 roster also produced some of the Big 12's brightest stars, including the offensive newcomer of the year in first-team All-Big 12 receiver Adarius Bowman, and defensive freshman of the year in safety Andre Sexton. Bowman and offensive lineman Corey Hilliard were consensus first-team All-Big 12 selections. Bowman was Gundy's second straight offensive newcomer of the year (Mike Hamilton in 2005).
The Cowboys finished Gundy's second year seventh nationally and tops in the Big 12 in rushing, seventh nationally in scoring and No. 16 in total offense. The conference rushing title was a first for the Pokes. OSU followed up that ground attack with more team rushing titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
In 2007, despite facing the NCAA's toughest schedule, the Cowboys won their second straight bowl game (Insight) and the climb up the Big 12 ladder continued with OSU finishing third in the South. Oklahoma State entered the final week of the regular season playing for a share of the Big 12 South championship. The bowl titles marked the first time since 1987 and 1988 (Gundy's playing days) that the Cowboys had registered bowl wins in consecutive seasons. The Cowboys' 45-14 win at Nebraska was OSU's first in Lincoln since the Kennedy Administration.
The Cowboy offense followed up its 2006 success with something unprecedented in 2007 when it finished the season with 3,161 rushing yards and 3,161 passing yards. OSU finished seventh nationally in total offense (486.3 yards per game). The season culminated with a 49-33 win over Indiana in the Insight Bowl and sophomore quarterback Zac Robinson set a new OSU single-season record in total offense (since broken by Brandon Weeden).
The 2008 season made headlines. That version of the Cowboys became one of the most decorated in school history. Two sophomores, receiver Dez Bryant and running back Kendall Hunter, were first-team All-Americans. Quarterback Zac Robinson was a finalist for the Manning Award and a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew was a finalist for the Mackey Award and punter Matt Fodge was the winner of the Ray Guy Award. Junior Perrish Cox was voted a first-team All-America kick returner.
Also in 2008, the Cowboys ascended into the top 10 for the first time in 20 years, climbed to sixth in the BCS rankings and picked up a road win against a member of the AP top five (Missouri). That season culminated with OSU's first appearance in the Holiday Bowl since 1988.
In 2009, OSU was ranked in the top 25 all season, reaching as high as fifth in the AP poll during its 9-4 run. Along the way, OSU set a new record for season ticket sales and played in front of the largest home crowds in school history (all of those attendance marks have since been broken). OSU entered the final week of the regular season very much in contention for its first BCS bowl berth and the Cowboys' 6-2 Big 12 record propelled OSU to No. 2 in the Big 12 bowl pecking order and an appearance in the Cotton Bowl. It was a satisfying achievement considering the onslaught of injuries the Cowboys battled throughout the year.
The 2010 season represented a breakthrough as OSU finished 11-2 and closed a season in the top 10 for the first time since 1984. Brandon Weeden became Oklahoma State's first All-Big 12 quarterback, Justin Blackmon brought home the Biletnikoff Award and Dan Bailey won the Lou Groza Award. The Cowboys generated 520 yards of offense per game and unveiled a new-look passing attack that ranked second nationally (346 yards per game) and helped OSU score 44.2 points per contest. All-America accolades rolled in for running back Kendall Hunter, Blackmon, punter Quinn Sharp and kicker Dan Bailey.
The share of the Big 12 South title was a first for OSU as the Cowboys won 10 games in the regular season for the first time ever and for the fourth time overall. The 2010 squad also became the first OSU team to go undefeated on the road since 1945. All of those achievements were reached by a team selected to finish fifth in the six-team Big 12 South in the preseason.
But 2010 simply set the stage for 2011. One year after no expectations greeted the Cowboys, 2011 featured unprecedented demands of OSU. The Cowboys were ranked No. 9 in the AP poll (tying the all-time preseason high set in 2009) to start the season and the squad proved up to the task. The Cowboys raced to a 10-0 start and reached No. 2 in the AP balloting and in the BCS standings before finishing third in both.
OSU clinched its first outright conference title with a lopsided win over Oklahoma and followed up that showing with a Fiesta Bowl victory over No. 4 Stanford to put the wraps on a 12-1 season. Blackmon repeated as the Biletnikoff Award winner and five Cowboys (Blackmon, kicker Quinn Sharp, offensive linemen Levy Adcock and Grant Garner, and safety Markelle Martin) earned All-America honors. OSU won at Texas for the second straight season, knocked off five ranked opponents, beat four teams that won 10 games and beat seven teams in the final BCS rankings' top 30.
The Cowboys passed for 387 yards per game (second nationally), and scored 48.7 points per game (also second nationally). OSU led the nation in turnovers forced (44) and turnover margin (plus-1.62 per game).
Despite a rash of injuries at crucial positions, the 2012 Cowboys maintained their theme of explosive offense by finishing the regular season leading the Big 12 and ranking third nationally with 45.7 points per game and also ranking in the top 11 nationally in total offense (fourth), passing offense (seventh), fewest sacks allowed per game (ninth), first downs per game (11th) and red zone scoring percentage (third).
Making the 2012 numbers even more impressive is the fact that OSU was relegated to constant instability at quarterback due to injury. True freshman Wes Lunt started four games, redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh started three and junior Clint Chelf started four in the first significant action of his career. All three finished the season with more than 1,000 passing yards - a first in Big 12 history. Each had at least one game with at least 330 passing yards and each claimed at least one victory over a Big 12 opponent as a starter.
Mike Gundy first arrived on the Oklahoma State campus in 1986 after a heavily-decorated prep career. He became a four-year starter at OSU (1986-89), and led the Cowboys to a pair of bowl wins, the 1987 Sun Bowl over West Virginia and the 1988 Holiday Bowl over Wyoming. During those two seasons, OSU accumulated a 20-4 record.
Gundy ended his career as the Big Eight Conference's all-time leader in passing and total offense. More than 20 years after his playing career, his name is still featured throughout the OSU record books. Most of his personal marks stood until Gundy assumed head coaching duties. He began his college career by throwing 138 passes before tossing his first career interception. That streak remained an NCAA record until 2008.
After graduation, Gundy joined the Oklahoma State football staff. He coached the receivers in 1990, the quarterbacks from 1991-1993 and in 1995, and served as offensive coordinator during the 1994 season in the final year for Gundy's college coach, Pat Jones. Gundy has coached in Stillwater under each of the three previous Cowboy head coaches (Jones, Bob Simmons and Les Miles).
He spent one season at Baylor (1996) as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator before heading to the ACC, where he coached at Maryland (1997-2000). He returned to Stillwater in 2001 as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, and he also coached OSU quarterbacks.
Gundy is just the third Oklahoma State graduate to assume the head coaching duties in Stillwater. Jim Lookabaugh (1939-49) and Floyd Gass (1969-71) were the others.
Gundy and his wife, Kristen (also an OSU graduate), have three children, Gavin, Gunnar and Gage.
|2005||4-7 :: 1-7 Big 12|
|9/8||at Florida Atlantic||W||23-3|
|10/15||at Texas A&M||L||23-62|
|10/22||at Iowa State||L||10-37|
|2006||7-6 :: 3-5 Big 12|
|9/9||vs. Arkansas State||W||35-7|
|10/7||at Kansas State||L||27-31|
|11/18||at Texas Tech||L||24-30|
|2007||7-6 :: 4-4 Big 12|
|9/1||at No. 13 Georgia||L||14-35|
|9/29||Sam Houston State.||W||39-3|
|10/6||at Texas A&M.||L||23-24|
|10/20.||No. 25 Kansas State||W||41-39|
|11/3.||No. 14 Texas||L||35-38|
|11/10||No. 5 Kansas||L||28-43|
|11/24||at No. 10 Oklahoma||L||17-49|
|2008||9-4 :: 5-3 Big 12|
|8/30||at Washington St.||W||39-13|
|10/11||at No. 3 Missouri||W||28-23|
|10/25||at No. 1 Texas||L||24-28|
|11/8||at No. 2 Texas Tech||L||20-56|
|11/29||No. 3 Oklahoma||L||41-61|
|12/30||vs. No. 15 Oregon^||L||31-41|
|2009||9-4 :: 6-2 Big 12|
|9/5||No. 13 Georgia||W||24-10|
|10/10||at Texas A&M||W||36-31|
|10/31||No. 3 Texas||L||14-41|
|11/7||at Iowa State||W||34-8|
|1/2/10||vs. Ole Miss!||L||7-21|
|2010||11-2 :: 6-2 Big 12 :: Big 12 South Co-Champions|
|10/16||at Texas Tech||W||34-17|
|10/30||at Kansas State||W||24-14|
|12/29||vs. Arizona %||W||36-10|
|2011||12-1 :: 8-1 Big 12 :: Big 12 Champions|
|9/24||at #8 Texas A&M||W||30-29|
|10/15||at #22 Texas||W||38-26|
|11/5||#14 Kansas State||W||52-45|
|11/12||at Texas Tech||W||66-6|
|11/18||at Iowa State||L||31-37 (OT)|
|1/2||vs. #4 Stanford &||W||41-38 (OT)|
|2012||8-5 :: 5-4 Big 12|
|11/3||at #3 Kansas State||L||30-44|
|11/17||#23 Texas Tech||W||59-21|
|11/24||at #14 Oklahoma||L||48-51 (OT)|
|1/1||vs. Purdue +||W||58-21|
|2013||10-3 :: 7-2 Big 12|
|8/31||vs. Mississippi State||W||21-3|
|9/28||at West Virginia||L||21-30|
|10/26||at Iowa State||W||58-27|
|11/02||at #15 Texas Tech||W||52-34|
|11/16||at # 23 Texas||W||38-13|
|1/3||vs. #9 Missouri $||L||31-41|
* Independence Bowl
# Insight Bowl
^ Holiday Bowl
! Cotton Bowl
% Alamo Bowl
& Fiesta Bowl
+ Heart of Dallas Bowl
$ Cotton Bowl