Sept. 19, 2010
STILLWATER, Okla. - For the first time this year, the Oklahoma State football team is ranked in the top 25 nationally. The Pokes debut at No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll after pounding Tulsa, 65-28 Saturday in a contest that OSU led at one point by a 58-7 score.
As it has all season, OSU continues to receive votes in the Associated Press poll, but has not yet cracked into the top 25 yet.
Three games into the season, the Cowboy offense has been nothing short of explosive, as the Pokes lead the nation in passing offense at 391.67 yards per game and are second in total offense at 596.0 yards per game, scoring offense at 57.0 points per game and passing efficiency with a 187.05 rating. The OSU rushing attack ranks 29th nationally with 204.33 yards per game.
The list of Cowboy individuals ranking in the top 10 nationally in various statistical categories is extensive, with receiver Justin Blackmon, running back Kendall Hunter and quarterback Brandon Weeden leading the way. A quick glimpse:
RB Kendall Hunter
QB Brandon Weeden
WR Justin Blackmon
P Quinn Sharp
PK Dan Bailey
In addition, Weeden was recognized as the National Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards, Blackmon earned the Wide Receiver Performer of the Week honor and Sharp earned the Kickoff Specialist Performer of the Week honor from the same group after their respective efforts against Tulsa. Weeden completed 22-of-32 passes for 409 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions, with Blackmon making six catches for 174 yards and three touchdowns. Neither played beyond the opening series of the third quarter. Sharp kicked off 12 times against the Golden Hurricane, with 10 of those resulting in touchbacks.
The Cowboys are off this week before hosting Texas A&M on Thursday, Sept. 30.