Game Notes - Cowboys Host Texas In Big 12 Opener

Caleb Lavey

Caleb Lavey

Sept. 23, 2012

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No. 12/10 Texas at RV/22 Oklahoma State
Sept. 29, 2012 :: 6:50 p.m. CT :: Boone Pickens Stadium (60,218 cap.)

TV: FOX Broadcast Channel (Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Julie Alexandria)
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen)
Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel TBD, XM Channel TBD

Self Defense
The Oklahoma State Cowboys (2-1) begin defense of their Big 12 title this weekend when they host the Texas Longhorns (3-0) at Boone Pickens Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:50 p.m. on FOX (the FOX broadcast channel). Gus Johnson will call the action with Charles Davis providing analysis. That duo was in Columbia last year for OSU's 45-24 win at Missouri. Reporting from the sidelines will be Julie Alexandria.

Welcome To Stillwater
The Texas Longhorns are making their first visit to Stillwater since 2009 as the two schools met the past two seasons in Texas while the league office worked to balance the schedule of the new-look Big 12 Conference. Realignment caused several scheduling headaches with OSU visiting Austin and Texas Tech in consecutive seasons and hosting Oklahoma and Baylor two straight years.

Streaking In Stillwater
Oklahoma State has won eight straight home games for its longest Stillwater streak since 1984-85 when the Cowboys won a school record nine in a row. OSU's current home winning streak is tied for the sixth longest in the country and is the second longest in the Big 12 Conference.

Playing For The Tie
A win against Texas would be the 62nd for Mike Gundy as OSU's head coach. It would tie him with Pat Jones for the most victories ever by a Cowboy head coach. Jones, who coached Gundy, Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas and a load of other former Cowboy stars, was 62-60 at OSU. Jones was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach at Oklahoma State when Jimmy Johnson departed for the University of Miami prior to the 1984 season. Gundy enters the game with a 61-31 record.

At The Box Office
For the second straight season, OSU has set a new record for season ticket sales. The 2011 record of 48,714 was passed opening weekend as the number climbed to 48,722 prior to kickoff for the Savannah State game. The total has continued to climb as the Texas game can only be attended with a season ticket. Texas week began with OSU having sold more than 49,000 season tickets.

AP And What Not
Texas enters the Oklahoma State game ranked No. 12 by the Associated Press and is 10th by the coaches. OSU is unranked by AP and check in at No. 22 in the coaches' poll.

The Streak Against The Numbers
Oklahoma State has won five straight games against AP top 25 teams and six of its last seven against the nation's elite. OSU has a modest two-game winning streak against the AP top 10 with a win last year at No. 8 Texas A&M and against No. 4 Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. OSU also knocked off Oklahoma last season when the Sooners were No. 10 in the BCS Standings.

More Poll Talk
Against Texas, OSU will play its second straight game while outside of the Associated Press top 25. The two weeks as a member of the unranked comes on the heels a school-record 24 straight games as a member of the AP poll.
• Including the Texas game OSU has been ranked 46 times in its last 56 games, dating back to October of 2008.
• The Cowboys have been ranked by AP 37 times over their last 43 games.
• The highest the Cowboys have been ranked under Gundy, and in program history, came in the Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 polls of last season when OSU peaked at No. 2 in the two major polls.
• Under Gundy, OSU is 34-12 as a member of the top 25.
• Under Gundy, OSU has spent 24 weeks (including weeks in which OSU was idle) in the top 10. Prior to Gundy, OSU had spent just 25 weeks in the top 10 of the AP poll in its history.

The Big 12 Beginning
Oklahoma State is 8-8 in Big 12 openers, including 6-2 under Mike Gundy. OSU has won each of its last five Big 12 openers. Opening league play at home is somewhat unusual for the Cowboys. In 2012, OSU will open at home for just the seventh time in 17 seasons in the Big 12.

Setting The Series
Texas holds a healthy 22-4 series advantage over Oklahoma State, although the Cowboys have won two straight against the `Horns (for the first time).
• OSU has won the last two meetings with the Longhorns with both games taking place in Texas.
• In 2010 and 2011, OSU became the first school to beat Texas in Austin in consecutive seasons since 1910 and 1911.
• OSU was a 38-26 winner last year and reached its second highest point total ever against Texas.
• Last year's win by the Cowboys ended a 14-game winning streak for Texas coach Mack Brown in games following Oklahoma-Texas week.
• Of OSU's 22 losses in the series, five have been by four points or less.
• OSU hasn't defeated Texas in Stillwater since a 42-16 win in 1997.

There will be Texans all over the field Saturday night in Stillwater, including 66 wearing OSU uniforms.
• Nine Texas high schools will be represented by players from both teams with North Shore in Houston leading the way with four Cowboys and three Longhorns.
• Former teammates most likely to clash during the game hail from Cibolo Steele High School. Those alums include Texas sophomore running back Malcolm Brown and Oklahoma State redshirt freshman linebacker Ryan Simmons.
Van Malone, in his first year of coaching OSU's safeties, is a former Longhorn player.

Last Year In Austin
Oklahoma State's defense came up big in last year's 38-26 win in Austin. Thanks to turnovers, Texas moved just 15 yards to score 16 total points. But overall, OSU's defense rose to the occasion by forcing three turnovers, recording five sacks, and 13 tackles for loss. Jeremy Smith had touchdown runs of 74 and 30 yards and Joseph Randle scored from a yard out. Justin Gilbert had a 100-yard kickoff return to start the second half. Texas quarterback David Ash passed for 139 yards, but was intercepted twice and lost a fumble.

These Cowboys Against Texas
Much of the damage done to Texas over the past two seasons was delivered by Cowboys now in the NFL. However, there is still some punch left on the current Cowboy roster.
• Running back Jeremy Smith hit the Longhorns with a couple of backbreakers in last year's win in Austin. Smith had touchdown runs of 30 and 74 yards and ended the game with 140 rushing yards on just seven carries. For his career, he has 12 carries for 158 yards against the Longhorns.
• In his career, Joseph Randle averages just 3.9 yards per rush vs. Texas, including a 68-yard effort last season. He also has nine catches for 67 yards in two career games against Texas.
• Receiver Tracy Moore has just three career catches against Texas, but he averages 21 yards per grab.
Nigel Nicholas played tackle against Texas last year and had five stops, including a tackle for an 8-yard loss.
• Linebacker Caleb Lavey had 11 tackles and an interception in last season's win
• In 2011, safety Daytawion Lowe made the most of his four tackles with two tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
Justin Gilbert came up big in the 2011 win. He had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to go with 11 tackles.

The Texas Streak
Oklahoma State enters the Texas game on a Lone Star streak. The Cowboys have won nine straight games against Big 12 members from the state of Texas, dating back to a 2009 loss to the Longhorns in Stillwater.
• OSU has won two straight against Texas and three straight against Texas Tech. Texas A&M left for the Southeastern Conference having dropped four straight games to OSU.
• The Cowboys are currently on a six-game winning streak against Baylor, dating back to a loss in Mike Gundy's first year as head coach.

So Long September
Oklahoma State will put the wraps on its 2012 September slate of games. The Cowboys have won 16 of their last 18 games in September, including 10 of their last 11. Overall, the Cowboys are 22-5 in September games under Mike Gundy.

Louisiana Haymaker
Oklahoma State, prior to its open week, is coming off an impressive 65-24 win over Louisiana at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Cowboys lost starting quarterback Wes Lunt on the sixth play of the game, but recovered to set a new school record for total offense (742 yards) first downs (39) and plays from scrimmage (96). Some other notes from the win over ULL:
• Redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh, forced into duty after the Lunt injury, had the ninth best total offense day in school history. He ran for 73 yards (and a touchdown) and passed for 347 yards (with four touchdowns) for 420 yards.
Joseph Randle turned in his third straight 100-yard rushing game of the season (105 yards) and the ninth of his career.
• Sophomore Josh Stewart, a high school teammate of Walsh, tied a career high with nine catches and set a new career high with 104 receiving yards.
• The OSU defense was dominant, allowing just 106 yards of offense in the first two quarters as OSU rolled to a halftime advantage of 44-0.
• Louisiana's first eight possessions of the game resulted in six punts, a lost fumble and a missed field goal.
• Seven Louisiana possessions resulted in less than 10 yards of offense.

Yards Sale
Oklahoma State has revved up the offense once again in the first three weeks of the 2012 season. The Cowboys, who have finished third nationally in total offense each of the past two seasons, enter the Texas game leading the nation in total offense with an average of 683 yards per game.
• OSU is the only school in the country in the national top 10 in rushing offense (sixth at 308 yards per game) and passing offense (second with 378 yards per game).
• OSU also leads the nation in scoring (62.3 points per game) after finishing second in that category last season and third in 2010.

As Long As We're Talking Offense
A couple of more categories that have been kind to the Oklahoma State offense...
• OSU enters the Texas game as one of only three schools yet to allow a sack in 2012 (along with Air Force and Middle Tennessee).
• Oklahoma State also leads the country in third-down conversions, turning 43 third-down attempts into 27 first downs for a 63 percent conversion rate.
• OSU is tied for the NCAA lead, with 10 other schools in red zone scoring thanks to points on every opportunity.
• Oklahoma State has 18 touchdowns and two field goals on its 20 trips into the red zone.

600 Times Three
Oklahoma State has reached another milestone in 2012. For the first time, the Cowboys have opened a season with three straight games with at least 600 yards of total offense. In fact, three of the top 14 total offense outputs in school history have come in the first three games of 2012.
• OSU began the year with 682 yards of offense against Savannah State, including 395 yards on the ground. That total is tied for the eighth best output in school history.
• The 636 yards against Arizona could have been substantially higher without the 167 yards in penalties OSU suffered. The Cowboys still outgained the Wildcats by 135 yards. The 636 total is 14th all-time at OSU.
• The 742 yards against Louisiana set a school record and showed dominance on the ground (330 yards) and through the air (412 yards). OSU has now set a new record for total offense three times since the beginning of the 2010 season.

60 Times Seven
Since 1916, OSU has had 13 games in which it has scored at least 60-points. Seven of those games have come since the 2010 season opener as OSU cracked the 60-point mark twice in 2010, three times last season and two more times in the first three weeks of 2012.

Another Scoring Streak
Oklahoma State's current 21-game streak of scoring at least 30 points leads the country. Oregon is next at 17. The last time OSU failed to reach the 30-point mark was the 24-14 win at Kansas State in 2010. It was that game in which OSU played without suspended All-America receiver Justin Blackmon.

Two Minute Warnings
Oklahoma State has had a scoring drive of less than two minutes in 29 straight games. In fact, OSU has 16 scoring drives of less than two minutes just three games into the 2012 season.

New Beginnings
OSU's offensive start is more impressive when considering the change in personnel. Eight offensive players have made their first career starts in 2012, and that total does not include J.W. Walsh, who took over for Wes Lunt just six plays into the Louisiana game. The new starters have included receivers Blake Jackson, Josh Stewart and Charlie Moore, offensive linemen Daniel Koenig, Evan Epstein and Jake Jenkins, quarterback Wes Lunt and tight end/fullback Jeremy Seaton.

Walsh And Wear
J.W. Walsh came off the bench in a big way against Louisiana to lead OSU to its record day of offense. He completed 21-of-30 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 73 and a score. He completed a 58-yard TD pass and had one rush for 36 yards. Walsh's 420 yards of total offense represent the ninth best total in school history.

Frosh Faces
Oklahoma State's freshman duo at quarterback is already making history. True freshman Wes Lunt passed for 436 yards at Arizona and redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh passed for 347 yards vs. Louisiana. Their performances mark the first time that OSU has had two different quarterbacks register 300-yard games in the same season.

Receivers To Date
The Oklahoma State receiving corps is coming into focus three games into the 2012 season as OSU looks to replace NFL wideouts Josh Cooper and Justin Blackmon.
• Sophomore Josh Stewart leads the team with 19 receptions after catching 19 passes all of last season.
• Junior college transfer Blake Jackson is averaging 19.7 yards per catch. He enters the Texas game with two straight 100-yard receiving games under his belt.
• Senior Tracy Moore holds the team lead with four TD receptions.
• Running back Joseph Randle is fourth on the squad with nine catches.
• To date, first-year Cowboys have accounted for 31 of the team's 89 receptions.

Randle Still Running
Junior running back Joseph Randle has cracked the 100-yard mark in each of the first three games of 2012. He has now reached 100 yards nine times in his career, including four times in the last five games, with the lone exception being the Fiesta Bowl.
• Randle is now No. 18 all-time at OSU with 2,003 rushing yards. Next in his sites, at No. 17 all-time, is former OSU Cowboy and Dallas Cowboy great Walt Garrison.
• Through three games, Randle is averaging 6.7 yards per carry.

Randle On The Run
Joseph Randle's 24 rushing touchdowns last season were the third best total in the country. He is currently ninth nationally with 30 career rushing touchdowns. He joins South Carolina's Marcus Lattmore as the only non-seniors on the list. Lattimore is fifth with 33.

Smith and Randle
We will just go ahead and state that, in the humble opinion of us, the best college running back combination in history is Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas. Both are members of the College Football Hall of Fame as well as the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The current combo of Jeremy Smith and Joseph Randle may not be ready for Canton, but together, they may be the best 1-2 punch in college football today.
• Together, Smith and Randle rushed for 1,826 yards and 33 touchdowns last season. Combined they averaged 6.2 yards per rush.
• In 2012, the two have already rushed for 508 yards and eight touchdowns, and as a duo, they average 6.78 yards per rush.
• Together, they average 169.4 rushing yards per game in 2012. Their two-man average would rank No. 59 among all FBS TEAMS.
• Thanks in large part to Smith and Randle, OSU enters the Texas game sixth nationally with a rushing average of 308.3 yards per game.
• OSU's 14 rushing touchdowns are sixth nationally.

Holding The Line
Oklahoma State entered 2012 looking to replace four starters in the offensive line, including All-American Levy Adcock and Big 12 offensive lineman of the year Grant Garner. Three Cowboy linemen have made their first career starts in 2012 (tackle Daniel Koenig and centers Evan Epstein and Jake Jenkins). But the drop off has minimal. In fact, you might say the drop off has been invisible. Along with the well-documented total offense and scoring numbers, here a few more achievements attained by the Cowboy offensive line:
• OSU is second nationally, averaging 6.95 yards per rushing attempt.
• OSU is one of just three schools yet to allow a quarterback sack in 2012.
• OSU is ninth nationally in fewest tackles for loss allowed (3.3 per game).

For the second time in his career, guard Lane Taylor is the foundation of a completely rebuilt offensive line. Taylor became one of the big stories in 2009 when he came from off of the depth chart to earn a starting spot at guard. In 2010, he was the only returning offensive line starter for a young Cowboy team that went on to finish 11-2 and earn a co-championship in the Big 12 South. And in 2012, he is once again the only O-Line starter returning from the previous season.

Sacks Appeal
Since the beginning of the 2007, the Oklahoma State offensive line has been among the most productive in the country. Since the '08 opening week, OSU has allowed 61 sacks - the third lowest total in the country. OSU has allowed more than 12 sacks in a season just once in that stretch. Three of the teams in the top five of the category are service academies. None of those schools ever attempted more than 380 passes in a season. Last year, OSU attempted 595 passes. OSU is one of three schools yet to allow a sack in 2012.

Tackle Football
Oklahoma State returned, intact, its two-deep at defensive tackle from 2011. But junior college transfer Calvin Barnett and true sophomore James Castleman have ascended to the top of the depth chart and started all three games for the Cowboys. Barnett arrived in January and almost immediately became a starter. Castleman saw limited playing time as a freshman and came from off the depth chart to nail down a starting spot this fall.
• Castleman, in just his second career start, had nine tackles at Arizona. It was the best total by a Cowboy tackle since Kevin Williams had nine stops in 2002.
• Castleman's 11 tackles after three games ranks fourth on the team while Barnett has eight stops. Those numbers would be better if OSU had not enjoyed gigantic early leads in the first and third games of the season, which limited the playing time for OSU's starters.
• They have combined for 4.5 tackles for loss.

A Good Step Backwards
After three weeks, Oklahoma State ranks No. 7 in the country with 8.7 tackles for loss per game (and a season total of 26). OSU had 91 tackles for loss all of last season.

Winning Ways
Oklahoma State has been one of America's most successful college football programs since the beginning of the 2008 season.
• Since 2008, OSU is the sixth winningest program in the country (43-12).
• Since 2009, OSU ranks seventh with a record of 34-8.
• Since the beginning of the 2010 season, the Cowboys are seventh with a record of 25-4.
• Since the start of 2011, OSU is 14-2. OSU's 14 wins trail only LSU (16), Alabama (16), and Oregon (16).
• Oklahoma State, Alabama and Oregon are the only three BCS-conference schools in the country with at least nine wins over each of the last four seasons (not including TCU, which was competing in the Mountain West Conference at the time).
• Since 2009, Oklahoma State's 20-5 conference record is the best in the Big 12.
• Since 2007, Oklahoma State is No. 11 in the cumulative BCS Standings, according to CBS.

Gundy in Perspective
Head coach Mike Gundy is in his eighth season as head coach at his alma mater. He is 61-31 and is the reigning national coach of the year (Paul "Bear" Bryant and Eddie Robinson awards) and he was named as the 2010 Big 12 coach of the year.
• OSU was 12-15 under Gundy after 27 games, but has gone 49-16 since then, including a 34-8 record since 2009 and 25-4 since the opening of 2010.
• Gundy's 61 wins at OSU rank second all-time behind only Gundy's college coach, Pat Jones (62-60-3).
• Perhaps the most impressive part of Gundy's tenure at OSU is that he has built the program with three different offensive coordinators and three different defensive coordinators. Three of his former assistants have left Oklahoma State to become head coaches (Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia, Larry Fedora at Southern Miss and now North Carolina, and Tim Beckman at Toledo and now Illinois).
• Under Gundy, OSU has gone to six straight bowl games (an OSU first) and won at least seven games in six straight seasons (another school first) and at least nine games in four straight seasons (yet another first).
• The 23 wins during 2010 and 2011 are most ever by OSU in a two-year stretch.
• Under Gundy, OSU has reached the top 10 of the Associated Press poll for a school-best four straight seasons.

Gilbert Moves Up
Justin Gilbert has continued to enhance his reputation as one of America's top kick return men. He is currently No. 21 nationally an average of 29 yards per return. He is second all-time at OSU with 1,662 kickoff return yards, trailing only current San Francisco 49er Perrish Cox (2,804 yards). Gilbert is tied for the NCAA lead with four career kickoff returns for scores.

We Run, Too
Because the Cowboys have spent much of the past two seasons atop the NCAA charts in passing yards, total yards and scoring offense, it's assumed by many that the school once known at Tailback U., the home of Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas and Terry Miller, has forgotten how to run the ball. The numbers show differently. OSU's yards-per-carry average over the past two years are nearly identical to the numbers from 2006 through 2009, when the Cowboys led the Big 12 in rushing each season.

Passing To Run
Under Mike Gundy, OSU has developed some of the best receivers in school history, including All-Big 12 wideouts D'Juan Woods and Adarius Bowman, as well as All-Americans Dez Bryant and Justin Blackmon. It's easy to forget that Gundy has also coached five 1,000-yard rushers in his seven seasons. Three different backs have reached the 1,000-yard in the last three seasons (Keith Toston, Kendall Hunter and Joseph Randle).

The "All" People
Under Mike Gundy, OSU has had an All-Big 12 selection at every offensive position on the field.

Corner Men
Oklahoma State has a dynamic duo at cornerback in senior Brodrick Brown and junior Justin Gilbert. Brown is a returning first-team All-Big 12 corner and is mentioned on three preseason watch lists. Gilbert is a returning starter (and Fiesta Bowl MVP) with physical tools that would make most college football players envious. Together, Brown and Gilbert put up impressive numbers a year ago.
• They combined to pick off 10 passes last season, the third best total by any duo in the country. Their five picks each tied them No. 14 in America (individually speaking).
• They also combined to break up 25 passes (15 by Brown and 10 by Gilbert).
• Brown finished third in the country a year ago with 20 passes defended. Gilbert was No. 30 in that category with 25.

Sharp Performances
Over the last three seasons, Oklahoma State has had a Ray Guy Award winner (Matt Fodge in 2008) and a Lou Groza Award winner (Dan Bailey in 2010). In senior Quinn Sharp, the Cowboys could have the best of both worlds. Sharp is a legitimate contender for both national awards in 2012 (he has already been a semifinalist for each).
• Sharp is the reigning Big 12 special teams player of the year.
• He has already earned first-team All-America honors as both a punter and a kicker (in two different seasons).
• A year ago, Sharp was third nationally with a punting average of 46.3 yards and he was seventh nationally in field goal percentage (22-of-25).
• Sharp was fifth nationally a year ago in scoring (11.5 ppg) and tops among America's kickers.
• Sharp has led the nation in kickoff touchbacks each of the past three seasons. He has 25 after three games in 2012 to once again lead the country.
• Thanks to Sharp, OSU is sixth nationally with an average of just 14.5 yards per kickoff return.
• Sharp's punting average of 46.2 yards would rank seventh nationally, but he currently does not have enough attempts to qualify for the NCAA stats.
• He's currently No. 3 nationally, scoring 12.3 points per game.
• For his career, Sharp has hit 26 of his 30 field goal attempts. That percentage of 86.7 is second among all active players.

The Rest of the Story
OSU returns the heart and soul of its special teams units. Along with Sharp, OSU returns holder Wes Harlan, and snappers Connor Sinko (field goals) and Andrew Suter (punts).

Lunt Makes A Statement
OSU had several issues in the loss at Arizona. However, most anyone in attendance would attest the issues did not rest with true freshman quarterback Wes Lunt, who was making his first road start. Lunt set a Big 12 and OSU record for freshman passing yards with 436, including 317 in the second half. His 436 yards represent the fourth best single-game total in OSU history and the fifth best passing game in the country this season.

INTs With An Asterisk
Wes Lunt will be credited with three interceptions in the loss to Arizona. However, those picks should come with a footnote. One interception came after a pass went through the hands of an OSU receiver and another came when a Cowboy receiver slipped and fell coming out of his break on a pass pattern.

Lunt's Start
Through two games, a couple of other notes regarding the true freshman quarterback...
• Lunt completed the first 12 passes of his career.
• He engineered six touchdown drives on his first six possessions as a quarterback.
• He has a 42-yard completion in each of his first two games.
• At Arizona, he hit three different receivers for gains of at least 28 yards.
• In his college debut vs. Savannah State, Lunt pitched the only "perfect game" in OSU history with an 11-for-11 effort against the Tigers.

Uniform Note
Oklahoma State sported a new look in 2011 - actually 13 new looks. OSU partnered with Nike to play in Nike Pro Combat uniforms. OSU has its choice of 48 different combinations with helmets of white, black and gray, jerseys of black, gray and orange (for home games), and pants that are black, white, orange or gray. A player panel has made the game selections for the 2012 entire season.

Schedule Overview
Oklahoma State will face a challenging 2012 schedule, which, at this point, is redundant. According to the NCAA, which ranks its schedules based on cumulative opposition, OSU faced the nation's fourth toughest schedule a year ago. In 2012...
• OSU will face eight bowl teams from 2011, including six bowl champions.
• The Cowboys will play three teams that won 2011 conference titles (Louisiana, TCU, and West Virginia).
• Oklahoma State will battle five teams that won 10 games a year ago and a sixth (Louisiana) that won nine games.
• Five OSU opponents (all Big 12 teams) are ranked in the preseason AP top 25.

The Throne Room
For the first time since 1977, Oklahoma State enters a season defending a conference title. The Cowboys claimed the Big 12 championship last year with an 8-1 conference record. The 12-1 season included a Fiesta Bowl victory over No. 4 Stanford. OSU concluded the year with its highest finish ever in the Associated Press, coaches' poll, and BCS Standings (third in all three). Oklahoma State just missed an appearance in the national championship game as Alabama edged out OSU for the second spot in BCS national championship game by the closest margin (between second and third) in the history of the process.

Seniors Among Seniors
Four members of the OSU roster enter 2012 with a college degree in hand. Center Evan Epstein has a degree in business management. Receiver Isaiah Anderson has earned his degree in education, defensive lineman Cooper Bassett has a degree in health promotion and holder Wes Harlan has a degree in business marketing.

A Second Ever
Oklahoma State had some historical numbers at Arizona. The game was the just the second in school history in which the Cowboys had a 400-yard passer (Lunt passed for 436 yards), a 100-yard rusher (Joseph Randle rushed for 123 yards) and two 100-yard receivers (106 for Tracy Moore and 105 for Blake Jackson). The only other time that OSU had four players reach triple digits in those categories was in last seasons' 66-6 win at Texas Tech. In that contest, Brandon Weeden passed for 423 yards, Hershel Sims rushed for 109 yards, Justin Blackmon had 103 receiving yards and Josh Cooper had 106 receiving yards.

Gundy's Tenure
Mike Gundy is just the fifth coach in Oklahoma State history to reach his eighth season as the Cowboy head coach and the first to do it since Pat Jones coached his 11th and final season in 1994. Only Gundy, Jones and Cliff Speegle have coached at least eight years at the school in the post-World War II era. Gundy's tenure is now the fifth longest in the new Big 12, trailing only Bill Snyder, Mack Brown, Bob Stoops and Gary Patterson.

Moore Of Everything
OSU senior receiver Tracy Moore made his season debut one to remember at Arizona. After not playing in the opener due to a coaching decision, Moore caught eight passes for 106 yard with four touchdowns against the Wildcats. He joins Buffalo's Alex Neutz as the only receivers in the country with four TD receptions in a game this year. He is the first Cowboy to accomplish the feat since Dez Bryant had four TD catches in a 2008 win over Iowa State. Moore is now No. 17 all-time at OSU with 1,173 receiving yards. He has 12 career TD grabs.



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