OSU Post-Game Notes vs. Baylor

Oct. 29, 2011

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Oklahoma State Post-Game Notes vs. Baylor

Boone Pickens Stadium – Stillwater, Okla. – Oct. 29, 2011

:: Oklahoma State improved to 8-0 for the second time in school history. The only other OSU team to reach that mark was the 1945 squad.

:: OSU reached eight wins in four-straight seasons for the first-time ever and is also 5-0 in conference play for the first-time ever.

:: In his seventh season as head coach at his alma mater, Mike Gundy is now 55-29. He is four wins shy of passing Jim Lookabaugh (58-41-6) for second place on OSU’s all-time coaching wins list.

:: The Cowboys have now won six-straight games against Baylor and improved to 18-12 all time against the Bears.

:: Saturday’s attendance of 58,274 was the second-largest crowd in Boone Pickens Stadium history.

:: Serving as OSU captains for today’s game were Grant Garner, Nigel Nicholas, Brodrick Brown and Justin Horton.

:: OSU’s 601 yards of total offense marked the third time the Cowboys topped 600 total yards this season (also vs. Louisiana and Kansas). The Cowboys also went over 50 points for the fourth time in 2011.

:: With 172 receiving yards today, junior wide receiver Justin Blackmon passed D’Juan Woods and moved into third place on OSU’s career receiving yards list. Blackmon now has 2,876 yards in his career, 295 shy of second place Hart Lee Dykes.



:: Blackmon’s 172-yard effort also marked the 16th 100-yard receiving game of his career. He reached the 100-yard mark in the first half (114) for the second time this season (also vs. Louisiana). 

:: Blackmon tied a career high with 13 catches. He reached that total twice in 2010 (vs. Louisiana and Baylor). The 13 grabs is tied for the second most in a single game in OSU history.

:: With 205 catches, Blackmon is now the third player in OSU history to surpass 200 career receptions. He ranks second on the Cowboys’ all-time list behind Rashaun Woods (293).

:: OSU’s 99-yard touchdown drive on its first offensive possession and its 99-yard drive in the third quarter were its longest of the season, topping the previous best of 89 yards at Texas A&M. The Cowboys had three touchdown drives of 80 or more yards against the Bears, giving them 14 for the season.

:: With three touchdown passes against the Bears, senior quarterback Brandon Weeden became the second Cowboy to reach 60 passing touchdowns in a career. Zac Robinson holds the OSU record with 66.

:: Weeden also became the third quarterback in OSU history to surpass 7,000 yards of total offense and 7,000 passing yards in his career. Weeden now has 7,110 total yards and 7,243 passing yards in his career.

:: The 51-yard pass from Brandon Weeden to Justin Blackmon in the third quarter was the duo’s longest connection of the season.

:: OSU entered today’s contest second nationally in turnovers forced with 24, and the Cowboys recorded five takeaways against the Bears. They have forced 26 turnovers over the last six games, 16 of those interceptions.

:: Sophomore Joseph Randle’s 62-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter marked the longest rush of his career, topping the 59-yard jaunt he had last week at Missouri.

:: Randle’s scoring run also marked the third-straight game the Cowboys have recorded a rushing touchdown of 59 or more yards.

:: Randle finished with a career-high 152 rushing yards, topping the 138-yard output he had last week at Missouri. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the opening half (111) for the second time this year (also vs. Louisiana).

:: Randle also rushed for a career-best four touchdowns, one shy of Barry Sanders’ single-game record. It was the second-straight week he scored four TDs (3 rushing, 1 receiving last week vs. Missouri). 

:: OSU recorded five touchdown drives of less than one minute against the Bears, bringing the Cowboys’ season total to 14, and they had three one-play touchdown drives.

:: Junior fullback Kye Staley’s 18-yard touchdown reception in the opening quarter was the first score of his career.

:: Herschel Sims’ 81-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter was the longest of his career, and OSU’s longest rushing touchdown since Mike Hamilton’s 83-yard score in 2005 vs. Texas Tech.

:: For the second time this season, OSU shut out its opponent in the opening half. The Cowboys also held Arizona scoreless in the opening two quarters.

:: The scoreless first half for Baylor also marked the first time this season the Bears have been shut out in a half. Their previous low scoring effort in half was 14 points.

:: In the first half of their last two home games, (vs. Kansas and Baylor), the Cowboys have outscored their opponent by a 91-7 margin.

:: OSU finished with 327 rushing yards, topping the 300-yard mark for the first time since 2009 vs. Iowa State.

:: Joseph Randle and Herschel Sims each rushed for over 100 yards, giving the Cowboys two 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time since 2008 when Kendall Hunter and Keith Toston both went over 100 vs. Troy.

:: Junior linebacker Alex Elkins recorded a career-high nine tackles, topping his previous high of six, which he reached three times.

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