Oct. 10, 2010
No. 20/18 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech
Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 :: 2:30 p.m. :: Jones AT&T Stadium (60,454 capacity)
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Announcers TBD)
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen)
Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 154. Not available on XM Radio
The Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-0/1-0) return to Big 12 Conference play as they head west to the face the Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-2/1-2) Saturday afternoon in Lubbock. Kickoff is set for a 2:30 p.m. with Fox Sports Southwest Plus televising the game. OSU is playing its first Saturday game since Sept. 18 and its first day game of the season. After opening the season with four straight home games, OSU plays its second in a row on the road. OSU returns home next week to face Nebraska in the 2010 Homecoming game.
The Historical Gauntlet
Oklahoma State begins a critical three-game stretch this week. The challenge begins when OSU plays at Texas Tech, where it last won in 1944. In two weeks, the Cowboys host a Nebraska team that has lost in Stillwater just twice since 1962. The Nebraska game is followed by a trip to Kansas State, where the Cowboys face the Wildcats. And even though OSU has a healthy lead in the all-time series, the Cowboys have never beaten a Bill Snyder-coached team in Manhattan and have lost six straight in the Little Apple overall.
The trip to Lubbock will be a homecoming of sorts for several members of the official travel party. Redshirt freshman defensive end Andrew Hudson hails from Amarillo’s Bushland High School. Hudson made his Cowboy debut at Louisiana. OSU’s director of recruiting, Johnny Barr, coached safeties at Texas Tech in 2003. OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen was at Tech from 2000 until 2007. He served as offensive coordinator for the Red Raiders his final two years in Lubbock.
A few items worth noting right off the top:
• Oklahoma State is one of just 13 unbeaten teams as the calendar speeds toward mid-October.
• Receiver Justin Blackmon leads the NCAA in four major categories (scoring, receptions per game, receiving yards per game and touchdown receptions).
• Kicker Dan Bailey is third nationally in scoring, second in converted field goals and is one of 14 kickers without a miss so far this season.
• The OSU offense is No. 2 in passing, No. 2 in scoring and No. 4 in total offense.
• Kendall Hunter is No. 5 in rushing and rushing TDs, and No. 11 in scoring.
• Linebacker Orie Lemon is second nationally with 7.6 solo tackles per game.
• Andrew McGee is No. 9 in interceptions and has a pick in three straight games.
Streaks And Trends
There are several trends developing for the 2010 Oklahoma State Cowboys and OSU will head to Lubbock with several streaks on the line as well:
• Five of Oklahoma State’s last seven wins, dating back to Texas Tech last season, have come after the Cowboys overcame a halftime deficit. Each of OSU’s last two victories has been of the come-from-behind variety.
• Sophomore receiver Justin Blackmon has five straight 100-yard receiving games, becoming the first Cowboy to accomplish that feat since Rashaun Woods in 2003. He has also caught a TD pass in five straight games. The longest school streak of TD receptions is eight. Hart Lee Dykes accomplished that feat in 1988 during the final eight games of his career.
• Blackmon’s five straight games with a score is the longest OSU streak since running back Vernand Morency did it in six straight games in 2004.
• Kicker Dan Bailey has now made all 11 of his field-goal attempts this season and 19 of his last 20 dating back to 2009. His is also perfect for his career on all 163 of his extra-point attempts (an OSU record).
• Brandon Weeden has at least two TD passes in every game this season.
• Another freshman, this time a redshirt in defensive end Andrew Hudson, made his season and career debut in Lafayette. OSU has played 14 true freshmen this season.
Oklahoma State will head to Tech trying to continue an encouraging road trend while playing in one of the Big 12’s most challenging venues. OSU is 7-3 in its last 10 road games overall with four wins in its last five conference road games. OSU is 7-5 on Big 12 road trips since 2008 after going 1-7 in Big 12 road games its first two years under Mike Gundy. On the flip side, Tech is 39-7 at home (.848) since 2003.
Texas Tech leads the series with OSU, 21-13-3. The home team has won eight straight games. The Cowboys are just 2-12-3 all-time in Lubbock with the last win coming in 1944. It is worth noting that the Cowboys played at Tech just five times between 1944 and the beginning of Big 12 play in 1996. Mike Gundy is 3-2 all-time against Tech.
Some quick tidbits from the OSU-Tech series:
The now-conference rivals have seen the world. OSU and Tech have played games in Stillwater, Lubbock, Oklahoma City, Irving, Tex., and Tokyo.
• Oklahoma State is 5-4 against Texas Tech when playing as a member of the Associated Press top 25.
• Mike Gundy’s first career win vs. the Big 12 came when the ’05 Cowboys upset No. 13 Tech, 24-17.
• Of OSU’s 12 losses in Lubbock, five have been by seven points or less.
• The OSU single-game rushing record of 332 yards was set by Barry Sanders against Texas Tech in 1988, in Tokyo.
• Former Cowboy Gary Darnell set an OSU record in 1969 with 27 tackles against the Red Raiders. The record still stands.
• The Cowboys had a “first-ever” against Texas Tech when Dantrell Savage (130), Zac Robinson (116) and Kendall Hunter (113) became the first-ever OSU trio to rush for 100 yards in the same game in a 2007 OSU win (49-45).
Last Year In Stillwater
Oklahoma State overcame a 10-7 halftime deficit for an eventual 24-17 victory in what was an unusually calm OSU-Tech matchup. It was only the second time since 1998 that neither team reached the 30-point mark in the series. The Cowboys got a pair of fourth-quarter TDs on a 1-yard run by Keith Toston and a 21-yard interception return by Patrick Lavine for its final points. OSU managed just 333 yards and Tech only 357. The Red Raiders rushed for just 50 yards and generated 307 passing yards on 58 attempts. Zac Robinson rushed for 99 yards to lead OSU. Hubert Anyiam had a 25-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter.
Hunter And Tech
Senior running back Kendall Hunter has rushed for 293 yards and three touchdowns in three career games against the Red Raiders while averaging 6.1 yards per rush. As a true freshman in 2007, Hunter had a 46-yard TD run as part of his 14-carry, 113-yard effort in OSU’s win. In 2008 when OSU and Tech battled as top-10 teams, Hunter rushed for 112 yards on 17 carries as Tech rolled to victory. Last season, Hunter had 17 carries for 68 yards in the Cowboy win.
Oklahoma State’s win at Louisiana on Friday night improved OSU to 25-9, dating back to the 2007 Insight Bowl win over Indiana. That stretch ties for the second best 34-game run in school history. From 1942 through the undefeated 1945 season, OSU had its best period at 25-8-1. The current 25-9 record ties a stretch from 1986 through early 1989.
Breaking Even In The Big 12
A win at Texas Tech would improve OSU to 21-21 in Big 12 play under Mike Gundy. That record might not be impressive by itself. However, considering Gundy began his Big 12 coaching career with a 1-8 conference record and a 3-13 mark through 16 games, the upward trek OSU has made under him becomes apparent.
Two To Start
Oklahoma State heads to Texas Tech looking for just its fifth 2-0 Big 12 start since the league began play in 1996. However, a win would also mean the Cowboys are 2-0 in league play for the third straight season. Oklahoma State began each of the last two Big 12 schedules with wins over Texas A&M and Missouri. Every 2-0 Big 12 start has resulted in at least an eight-win season for OSU.
Last Word From Lafayette
Oklahoma State is coming off an interesting win at Louisiana last Friday. OSU had two early 10-point leads against the Cajuns only to trail by a 21-17 score at the half. However, the second half was all OSU as the Cowboys outscored ULL 37-7 after the break.
• OSU scored on seven of eight possessions in the second half before taking a knee to end the game.
• OSU had 306 yards of offense after intermission while limiting the Cajuns to 118 and no offensive points.
• OSU held the ball for 10:45 in the third period after having possession just 8:56 the entire first half.
• Justin Blackmon set career highs with 13 catches and 190 yards to go with two scores.
• Dan Bailey had four field goals, including two from a career-best 52 yards.
• Brandon Weeden had five TD passes for the second time this season.
• OSU limited the Cajuns to just 34 rushing yards on 25 attempts.
The 2010 Vote
With the rise to No. 20 in this week’s AP poll, Oklahoma State has now been a member of the AP top 25 for 28 of the last 32 weeks.
• OSU is 15-8 as a member of the AP top 25 under Mike Gundy.
• OSU is 13-3 under Gundy when playing as a member of the AP top 25 against an unranked opponent. The losses came to Houston, at Oklahoma and against Ole Miss in last year’s Cotton Bowl.
The Spirit Of 76
Under Mike Gundy, OSU has now cracked the AP top 25 in three straight seasons. OSU had not been ranked by the AP in three straight years since the Cowboys made the polls (at least for a week) in six straight years from the finale of 1970 through the first game of 1977.
Oklahoma State is one of just 13 unbeaten college football teams as the season hits mid-October. OSU has some familiar company with three other Big 12 teams also still unbeaten. Oklahoma State and Oklahoma are the only unbeaten teams remaining in the Big 12 South with Missouri and Nebraska remaining perfect in the North.
Oklahoma State is 5-0 for the ninth time in school history and for the second time in three years under Mike Gundy. Gundy becomes just the second coach in OSU history (and the first since Jim Lookabaugh in the 1940s) to author more than one 5-0 start in his OSU career. In Lubbock, the Cowboys will be looking to improve to 6-0 for the first time since 2008 and for just the fourth time overall.
The Gundy Years
Oklahoma State alum Mike Gundy has brought stability to accompany an impressive list of accomplishments in his tenure as head coach at OSU. The former OSU quarterback is in his sixth season with a 41-27 record at his alma mater. Some of OSU’s achievements under Gundy:
• Four straight bowl appearances (over the last four years) for the first time in school history. Overall, OSU has a school-best seven bowl appearances in eight seasons.
• A preseason AP top 10 ranking for the first time ever (2009)
• A return to the AP top five (2009) for the first time since 1985
• An AP ranking in three straight seasons for the first time since the 1970s
• A school-record six conference wins in 2009 with a second-place finish in the rugged Big 12 South
• Four straight Big 12 rushing titles. OSU had never led its conference in rushing
• Two appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
• An improved conference win total every year (from one to six in five years)
• Four straight seasons with at least seven wins for the first time in school history
• Three of the top seven offenses in OSU history have come under Gundy (and he quarterbacked the best offense in OSU history).
• Gundy is the first coach in OSU history to win three straight meetings against Texas A&M.
• Gundy is the first coach since Jim Lookabaugh in the 1940s with two 5-0 starts to his credit.
Gundy By The Numbers
Mike Gundy’s 41-27 record is perhaps deceiving.
• The Cowboys were 12-15 after 27 games under Gundy, but have gone 25-9 over the last 34 games.
• Four of the losses came to teams ranked in the top three of the AP poll at game time.
• OSU is 20-21 under Gundy in Big 12 play. However, OSU is 16-9 in league play over the last three-plus seasons and 12-5 against conference foes in the last two-plus years, and 7-2 in its last nine league games.
America’s Best Kick Combo?
Oklahoma State could make a case that it has the best kicking combo in America in Dan Bailey and punter/kicker Quinn Sharp. Bailey is simply perfect on the season. He is 11-of-11 on field goals and 32-of-32 on extra points. He became the first Cowboy since Luke Phillips (in a 2001 win at Oklahoma) to boot two 52-yarders in the same game as part of his 4-for-4 effort at Louisiana. Sharp is not only one of America’s leading punters (ninth) with his 45.8-yard average, but he also has OSU ninth in the country in net punting and continues to lead America in touchbacks with 31. He led the nation in that category last season as a freshman.
Bailey Moves Up
Not only is Dan Bailey perfect on the season, but he is climbing OSU’s career scoring chart. Bailey scored 18 points at Louisiana and moved to fourth all-time at OSU with 286 career points (see page 4 of this update for the career chart).
• Bailey has hit 19 of his last 20 field goal attempts with the only miss during that stretch at 53-yarder vs. Colorado in 2009. He has hit eight of his last nine three-point attempts from beyond 40 yards.
• He has already scored 65 points this season after scoring 85 all of last year.
• He is second nationally with an average of 2.2 field goals per game.
• He is one of 14 kickers who are yet to miss a field goal in 2010, but his 11 tries are second most among the perfect kickers.
• He booted a game winner at the gun in OSU’s 38-35 over Texas A&M to become to provide OSU’s first “walk-off” field goal since 1981.
Sharp Still Sharp
Quinn Sharp, just a sophomore, has already proven his value as a punter and kicker. And his sophomore season has been stronger than his outstanding freshman season. Sharp enters this week ninth in the country and tops in the Big 12 with an average of 45.8 yards per punt. Even more importantly, OSU is ninth in the country (and again tops in the Big 12) in net punting (40.9 yards per kick).
• Sharp is second among all active NCAA punters with a career average of 45.3 yards per kick.
• He has 32 career punts in excess of 50 yards and eight of longer than 60 (including three this season).
• Eight of his 20 punts this season have resulted in a fair catch.
• He has 27 career punts inside the opponent’s 20.
• Of his 46 kickoffs this season, 31 have gone for touchbacks. He led the nation in that category last season.
The Numbers Game
Oklahoma State’s offense, despite returning just four starters (including only one offensive lineman) continues to shine in 2010. Some numbers to digest:
• OSU is averaging 52.6 points per game and trails only Oregon (54.3 ppg) nationally. OSU has scored at least 38 points in every game and cracked the 40-point mark four times in five games, the 50-point mark three times and 60 points twice. The 2010 Cowboys are just the third in school history to reach 60 points twice in one year.
• OSU is fourth nationally in total offense (526.2 ypg). No. 1 Oregon, No. 2 Nevada and No. 4 OSU are all unbeaten. Michigan (third nationally) is the only team in the top four with a loss this season.
• OSU has scored 263 points through five games. It’s the exact same five-game total as the 2008 team that set an OSU record by scoring 50 points in four straight contests.
• OSU has already matched its entire 2009 total with 20 touchdown passes.
• Sixteen players have caught a pass this season and 12 of them have a reception of at least 17 yards. Even more impressive, six Cowboys have a catch of at least 34 yards.
• OSU is still averaging 4.6 yards per team rush, topping last season’s 4.4 final mark.
• OSU leads the Big 12 in passing offense, total offense, scoring offense, net punting, punt returns, and passing efficiency.
• OSU already has 24 pass plays of at least 20 yards.
• OSU has 22 scoring drives with an elapsed time of less than two minutes (including a 91-yard drive in 1:26 and an 81-yard drive in 1:42)
NCAA Total Offense Leaders
1. Oregon - 567.00 ypg
2. Nevada - 545.33 ypg
3. Michigan - 533.67 ypg
4. Oklahoma State - 526.20 ypg
5. Boise State - 521.60 ypg
Oklahoma State is fourth nationally in red zone offense with points on 22 of its 23 chances. The breakdown includes eight rushing touchdowns, nine passing touchdowns and five field goals. OSU’s only failure in the red zone came in the first half against Texas A&M when the Cowboys were held on downs.
The Triplets Again
Throughout some of the most successful offensive periods in OSU history, the Cowboys have been led by “The Triplets”. It started in 1988 with Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders, All-America receiver Hart Lee Dykes and the Big Eight’s all-time passing leader Mike Gundy. A reference to triplets resurfaced again twice this century with the Josh Fields-Tatum Bell-Rashaun Woods-led teams of the early 2000s under Les Miles, and the 2008 juggernaut of Zac Robinson, Kendall Hunter (first-team All-American) and Dez Bryant (first-team All-American). Another trio has surfaced through five games of the 2010 season as Brandon Weeden, Kendall Hunter and Justin Blackmon are all over the NCAA stat charts as the Cowboys head to Lubbock.
• Sophomore receiver Justin Blackmon leads the NCAA in four major categories.
• Running back Kendall Hunter is fifth in rushing, No. 11 in scoring and No. 13 in all-purpose yards.
• Quarterback Brandon Weeden is 11th in passing efficiency (and tops in the Big 12), No. 10 in total offense and is tied for the national lead with 18 touchdowns passes. He is fourth in passing yards per game (322.0) and leads America in the “points responsible for” category with 21.6 per contest.
Kendall Hunter was a 2008 All-American who suffered through an injury-plagued 2009 campaign. He has more than returned to form through 2010 as his senior seasons numbers are on pace to match the All-America credentials of his sophomore season. Hunter’s 2010 season is more impressive when considering the new-look offensive line.
Hunter To Date
The first half of the 2010 season has been a reminder of Hunter’s talents. To date:
• Hunter is fifth nationally with an average of 140 rushing yards per game.
• He is No. 11 in the country (but third on the team) in scoring (10.8 points per game).
• He is No. 13 in the country with an average of 164.6 all-purpose yards per game (and he had a 100-yard kickoff return wiped out by penalty).
• He ran for 208 yards in the first half against Washington State. It was the first 200-yard half by a Cowboy since Barry Sanders ran for 217 vs. Kansas in 1988.
• His four rushing touchdowns against the Cougars were just one shy of Sanders’ school record (which Sanders set three times in 1988).
• He is averaging an extremely healthy 6.4 yards per rush this season.
Hunter And History
At a university steeped in tailback tradition with the aura of perhaps the greatest runner in college football history setting the standard, Kendall Hunter has already carved a place for himself in Cowboy backfield lore.
• Hunter is seventh all-time at OSU with 3,333 rushing yards and fifth with 30 rushing touchdowns.
• Hunter is the nation’s sixth active leading rusher.
• He has moved up to No. 12 all-time at OSU in scoring with 192 points.
• Hunter averages an impressive 6.14 yards per rush for his career, second only to Barry Sanders among OSU’s top 10 all-time runners.
• Hunter’s 257-yard effort vs. Washington State was the 12th best game in OSU history.
• He has 15 career 100-yard rushing games and two 200-yard games. He has four 100-yard games and a 200-yard game this season.
OSU Career 100-Yard Rushing Games
1. Terry Miller (1974-77) - 26
2. Thurman Thomas (1984-87)- 21
3. David Thompson (1993-96) - 18
4. Barry Sanders (1986-88) - 17
T5. Kendall Hunter (2007-10) - 15
T5. Dantrell Savage (2006-07) - 15
T5. Gerald Hudson (1988-90) - 15
T5. Ernest Anderson (1980-83) - 15
A quick recap of the handful of names that remain ahead of Kendall Hunter on OSU’s all-time rushing chart:
1. Thurman Thomas: the school’s all-time rushing leader, an All-American and NFL Hall of Famer
2. Terry Miller: Heisman Trophy runner-up and two-time All-American
3. David Thompson: More than 4,000 yards and an all-league performer in the Big Eight and Big 12
4. Barry Sanders: Heisman winner and multiple Hall of Famer
5. Ernest Anderson: Another All-American and an NCAA rushing champion
6. Tatum Bell: 14 career 100-yard rushing games with two of the seven longest runs in school history
Kendall Hunter is one of 30 NCAA football bowl subdivision nominees for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. Hunter has received several distinctions for his classroom work, including second-team academic all-Big 12 in 2009, a spot on the President’s Honor Roll for a 4.0 GPA and honorable-mention Scholar-Baller in 2009 and 2008. Hunter is also a two-time recipient of the Oklahoma State Academic Achievement Award and a member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Hunter has helped with the Harvest II Food Drive, made numerous visits to pediatric cancer patients in Tulsa and Oklahoma City and he’s also been a guest speaker on leadership and hard work at local high schools in Oklahoma and Texas.
Evolution Of A Receiver
The development of sophomore receiver Justin Blackmon from a 260-yard receiver in 2009 into one of America’s most dangerous wideouts in 2010 is becoming a national story. He enters the Tech game leading the nation in touchdown receptions (11), scoring (14.4 ppg), receptions per game (9.4) and receiving yards per game (149.6). Consider these other streaks:
• Blackmon has at least 100 receiving yards in five straight games, becoming the first Cowboy to accomplish the feat since Rashaun Woods in 2003.
• He has a TD reception in five straight games, becoming the first receiver since Hart Lee Dykes in 1988 to accomplish the feat.
• He is the first non-kicker Cowboy to score in five straight games since running back Vernand Morency in 2004 (six in a row).
• He has a reception of at least 29 yards in every game this season.
• He has at least two TD catches in four of five games this season (was held to one score by Texas A&M).
• His 13-catch, 190-yard game at Louisiana was the eighth best receiving game in OSU history.
• His 13 catches tied the second best single-game total in school history.
• His 748 receiving yards already represent the 13th best season in school history.
• His 47 catches already represent the 14th best single-season total in school history.
Through five starts, junior quarterback Brandon Weeden has made a seamless transition into the starting role. Even though he had not started a football game since 2001, his numbers in 2010 prove his effectiveness.
• He has already recorded the fourth (409 vs. Tulsa) eighth (351 vs. Louisiana) and ninth (348 vs. Troy) best passing games in school history.
• OSU has just 22 300-yard passing games in school history and Weeden has three of them five games into his career.
• His 18 TD passes already rank him No. 7 on the single-season list. The school record of 31 was set in 2002 by Josh Fields.
• His 1,610 passing yards already represent the 14th best season in school history.
Weeden In America
Entering the Tech game, Brandon Weeden is another Cowboy on the national charts:
• Weeden leads America in the “points responsible for” category with 21.6 per game.
• He is No. 4 in the country with an average of 314 passing yards per game.
• He is 11th in the nation and tops in the Big 12 with an efficiency rating of 165.07.
• His 18 TD passes are tied for the national lead.
• He ranks No. 10 in the country in total offense (309.4 yards per game).
Oklahoma State is among the national leaders in true freshmen seeing playing time. Through five games, OSU ranks fifth in the country in that category behind only Air Force (17), Florida (16) and Syracuse and Tennessee (15 apiece).
How Young Is Too Young?
Oklahoma State heads into mid-October as one of America’s youngest teams. How young is OSU?
• OSU’s second-leading rusher is true freshman Joseph Randle.
• The second and third-team quarterbacks are freshmen.
• Nine of OSU’s top 11 receivers, statistically, are expected to return next season.
• A true freshman leads OSU in kickoff and punt returns.
• Seventeen Cowboys have made their first career starts in 2010.
• The Cowboys have four new starters in the offensive line, three new starters at linebacker (from 2009) and three new starters in the secondary.
Listening To Mr. Bill
Since his arrival back at his alma mater, defensive coordinator Bill Young has been preaching turnovers to the Cowboys. The young defenders appear to be listening. OSU enters its sixth game of the season fifth nationally and tops in the Big 12 with 16 forced turnovers.
Picking It Up – And Off
The Oklahoma State defense was among the last in the country to register an interception. OSU did not have a pick through the first two games of the season. However, over the last three games the Cowboys have intercepted eight passes and now rank No. 14 nationally in that category. Six players have a pick and senior corner Andrew McGee has a team high three with an interception in three straight games. McGee is ninth in the country in that category.
Hitting The Top 10
Oklahoma State has reached the top 10 in one of the most important statistical categories. The Cowboys are No. 10 in America in turnover margin entering the Tech game with a margin of plus-one turnover per game.
When senior linebacker Orie Lemon was lost to injury the week before the 2009 season opener against Georgia, it was hard to see a silver lining. It’s easy to see now as Lemon anchors a Cowboy defense that returned just two starters from last season. Through five games, the Houston senior:
• Has recorded a 14-tackle effort against A&M that included a sack and three tackles for loss
• Is averaging nine tackles per game to lead OSU and rank No. 5 in the Big 12 Conference
• Is second nationally with 7.6 solo stops per game.
• Is tied for the Big 12 lead and ranks fourth nationally with two fumble recoveries
• Ranks No. 12 in the Big 12 with 4.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage
Brains And Brawn
Oklahoma State has a pair of starting defensive linemen who have already obtained their undergraduate degrees. Defensive tackle Shane Jarka has already earned a degree in marketing and is pursuing his MBA. Defensive end Ugo Chinasa has completed work on his degree in sports management.
It’s All Academic
Three Cowboy defensive linemen, Shane Jarka, Chris Donaldson and Jamie Blatnick, were academic all-Big 12 selections in 2009. While Jarka is already an OSU graduate, Donaldson is just four hours shy of his degree in secondary education.
Honoring The Blond Bomber
Oklahoma State players sport a decal on their helmets this fall to honor the Blond Bomber. Bob Fenimore, OSU’s first All-American and one of the most dominating players of his era, died this summer. His jersey number of 55 is not in use at OSU. He was a two-time All-American, the No. 1 overall selection in the NFL Draft and No. 3 in the Heisman balloting. Fenimore led the nation in total offense and was third in rushing, eighth in passing, ninth in scoring and 13th in punting in 1944. He still holds the OSU career record with 18 interceptions as a defensive back. OSU was 17-1 during his sophomore and junior seasons with wins in the Cotton and Sugar Bowls. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame as well as the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.