Oct. 14, 2012
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Oct. 20, 2012 :: 11 a.m. CT :: Boone Pickens Stadium (60,218 cap.)
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Oklahoma State begins a five-week stretch that features four home games bracketing a trip to Kansas State when it hosts Iowa State Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. with FX on hand to televise.
Biggest Week Of The Year
Homecoming Week is six days full of activities at Oklahoma State. "America's Greatest Homecoming Celebration" has a 2012 theme of "The Life, The Legend, The Legacy." Among the week's activities are Friday night's "Walkaround" in which huge crowds (last year's estimates were at 80,000) visit the Homecoming decorations. "Homecoming And Hoops" takes place in Gallagher-Iba Arena at 9 p.m. That event is part pep rally and part Midnight Madness. For more information on the week's long list of activities, visit Orangeconnection.org.
Homecoming By The Numbers
Oklahoma State is 48-35-7 all-time in Homecoming games.
OSU has won four of its last five Homecoming games.
The Cowboys are hosting Iowa State for Homecoming for the first time since 2000 and for just the sixth time overall.
OSU is 2-1-2 all-time against the Cyclones when Iowa State is the Homecoming opponent.
Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy will try to make history on Saturday. A victory over Iowa State would give him an OSU-record 63 wins in his head coaching career. Gundy enters the ISU game with a record of 62-32 in his seven-plus seasons as OSU's head coach. He is currently tied with his college coach, Pat Jones, for the most wins by a Cowboy head coach. Jones coached the Cowboys from 1984 through 1994.
OSU holds a 25-18-3 lead in the series vs. Iowa State.
The teams first met in 1926 with OSU claiming a 13-0 win in Ames. That was the only game between the two schools prior to OSU joining the Big Eight Conference as the schools' second meeting didn't take place until 1960.
The teams met every year of the Big Eight's existence (from 1960 through 1995).
OSU is 14-6-2 all-time against Iowa State in Stillwater.
The Cowboys are 5-4 against the Cyclones during the Big 12 era.
Iowa State's last win in Stillwater came in 2000 by a 33-26 count. That was the also the last time the Cyclones served as OSU's Homecoming opponent.
As OSU's head coach, Mike Gundy is 2-2 vs. the Cyclones.
OSU has won its last two home games against Iowa State by a cumulative score of 95-24.
In 2012, Iowa State was the only team to defeat Oklahoma State. That game was in double overtime in Ames.
Big 12 Roll
OSU continues to be one of the Big 12 Conference's best teams. Oklahoma State is 2-1 in Big 12 play after last week's win at Kansas.
OSU has now won 13 of its last 16 Big 12 games, 15 of its last 19, 18 of its last 23 and 21 of its last 27.
OSU lost its only home conference game of 2012 to Texas. The Cowboys have not dropped consecutive conference home games since 2007.
OSU head coach Mike Gundy began his career with a 4-12 record vs. the Big 12. Since that time he and the Cowboys have gone 30-13 against the league, raising his overall Big 12 mark to 34-25.
Iowa State running backs coach Kenith Pope coached at Oklahoma State from 1987-90. His time in Stillwater overlapped the playing days of Mike Gundy and OSU inside receivers coach Doug Meacham, who was an offensive lineman as a player.
OSU receiver John Goodlett and Iowa State defensive back Jacques Washington both prepped at Owasso (Okla.) High School and are former teammates.
Iowa State offensive lineman Daniel Burton is from Oklahoma City (Putnam City North High School) and fellow lineman Bob Graham is from Jenks, Okla.
Oklahoma State is coming off a strange and hard-fought 20-14 win at Kansas as quarterback J.W. Walsh made his second career start and his first road start.
It was another twilight-zone type game as warm-ups took place in sometimes-heavy, sometimes-not rain.
The game was delayed by weather with 44 seconds remaining in a scoreless first quarter. After a rain delay of more than an hour (1:19), play resumed. Halftime was shortened by five minutes.
The game kicked off at 2:36 p.m. and concluded at 6:58 p.m.
OSU played the game without two of its top running backs in Desmond Roland (coaches decision) and Jeremy Smith (who played briefly but was not healthy) and saw its two most experienced receivers, Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson) leave the game with injury.
OSU was held to a season-low 371 yards of total offense and a season-low 20 points. It was the lowest point total for the Cowboys since 2009.
Running back Joseph Randle was held below 100 rushing yards for the first time this season.
The Cowboys built a slow and steady 20-0 lead, until Kansas scored on consecutive fourth-quarter possessions to make it tight. The Jayhawks were held on downs on their last possession.
The Mighty Quinn
Oklahoma State's most valuable player at Kansas may have been reigning Big 12 special teams player of the year Quinn Sharp.
Sharp averaged 53 yards on five punts, had four kickoffs for touchbacks and he connected on field goals from 49 and 42 yards.
In a scoreless first-half game, Sharp nailed a 70-yard punt that was downed at the Kansas 8-yard-line. A quick Kansas three-and-out set up OSU for its first touchdown drive, which originated from the OSU 49.
Over the last four 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).
He 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).
In 2012, Sharp's current punting average of 47.5 yards would be third in the country, but he is five punts short of having enough attempts to be listed in the NCAA statistics.
Thanks largely to Sharp, OSU is second in the country in net punting (43.23 yards)
Sharp is No. 11 nationally in field-goal percentage, having hit 9-of-12 attempts.
He is a touchback machine on kickoffs, already with 35 this season after leading the nation in that category each of the last three years.
Sharp is No. 7 nationally in scoring with 11.4 points per game.
Sharp's career punting average of 45.91 yards is the best in the country.
Sharp's career field-goal percentage of 83.8 percent is fifth in the country.
He was fifth nationally a year ago in scoring (11.5 ppg) and tops among America's kickers.
Starting With Starts
Against Kansas, true freshman receiver Austin Hays became the 15th OSU player this season to make his first career start. Only two schools, Air Force and Hawaii, have utilized more first-time starters in 2012. A quick look at the new starters to date:
Calvin Barnett, DT: Arrived on campus in January...Has started every game with 14 total tackles, including 3.5 for loss.
James Castleman, DT: One of the surprises on the team ... Entered fall camp third on the depth chart but has started every game and leads the down linemen with 19 tackles.
Evan Epstein, C: A fifth-year senior who has made his first four career starts in 2012 ... Missed the Louisiana game with injury, but returned to start vs. Texas.
Shamiel Gary, S: Is third on the team with 24 tackles ... Has started every game...Transferred to OSU from Wyoming.
Austin Hays, WR: Has been affected by injury early on, but still has nine catches in his two games of action.
Blake Jackson, IR: The junior college transfer is third on the squad with 14 catches and he is averaging an impressive 18.5 yards per catch.
Jake Jenkins, C: Started in place of the injured Evan Epstein against Louisiana as OSU set a school record for total offense.
Daniel Koenig, OL: Has started all five games at right tackle.
Wes Lunt, QB: Won the starting job out of camp, but missed most of the Louisiana game and all of the Texas and Kansas contests with injury ... Is completing 68 percent of his passes.
Charlie Moore, WR: Has gotten his first four career starts in 2012 ... Is coming off his best game as a Cowboy.
Ryan Robinson, DE: A transfer senior...Has started every game and recorded 14 tackles, three for loss.
Jeremy Seaton, FB/TE: A walkon who is seeing the field often, and in various ways, as a redshirt freshman.
DeMarcus Sherod, LB: Lone start of 2012 (and of his career to date) came in the win over Louisiana.
Josh Stewart, IR: Has started every game and leads OSU with 24 catches and 289 receiving yards.
J.W. Walsh, QB: Played all but six snaps vs. Louisiana and got his first career starts vs. Texas and at Kansas.
Decoding The Defense
The glaring statistic missing for Oklahoma State's defense in 2012 is the forced turnover. OSU enters the Iowa State game No. 104 in the country in turnover ratio at minus-1 per game just one year after leading the country in turnover margin. However, the 2012 defensive numbers show improvement across the board as OSU reaches the halfway point of the season.
OSU's Big 12 championship team finished the season No. 107 in total defense, allowing 457 yards per game. The 2012 Cowboys are currently No. 49 in total defense, allowing almost 100 yards per game less at 370.8.
Stopping The Hawks
OSU's defense had a strong outing at Kansas.
The Jayhawks were held off the scoreboard until the 10:52 mark of the fourth quarter.
Kansas generated 177 of its 398 yards of offense on its last three possessions of the game.
Kansas had 14 possessions in the game with the result being six punts, five times held on downs, two touchdowns and the end of the first half.
The Jayhawks were held off the scoreboard in the third period despite the Cowboy offense running just 13 plays (including punts) in the entire period.
Top Ten Times Two
Oklahoma State remains the only team in the country to rank among the national top 10 in passing offense and rushing offense. OSU is ninth in rushing, averaging 263 yards per game. The Cowboys are also No. 7 in the country in passing yards with 338.2 per game.
OSU And The YPC
Oklahoma State is known for its high-powered air attack, but, as previously noted, the rushing game is an important part of OSU's arsenal. Not only is OSU ninth nationally in rushing, but the Cowboys are fourth in the country in yards per carry, trailing only Florida State, Georgia Tech and Nebraska.
Oklahoma State heads into the Iowa State game leading the nation in total offense with an average of 601.4 yards per game. The Cowboys have finished third nationally in total offense each of the past two seasons.
OSU has dropped to third nationally in scoring at 48.6 points per game following its 20-point outing at Kansas. That number is impressive, but big numbers are becoming the norm at Oklahoma State. OSU has finished in the national top 10 in scoring four times in Mike Gundy's first seven years as head coach.
Oklahoma State has scored 31 touchdowns this season. Only five of those scores have been by seniors. Tracy Moore had a four-touchdown game at Arizona and Kye Staley had a TD reception against Louisiana.
Since the beginning of the 2007 season, the Oklahoma State offensive line has been among the most productive in the country. Since the 2008 opening week, OSU has allowed 63 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 teams in that category are service academies. None of those schools ever attempted more than 380 passes in a season. Last year, OSU attempted 595 passes.
As Long As We're Talking Offense
Some more notes on OSU in the NCAA stat rankings:
Despite playing (and starting) a pair of freshman quarterbacks, OSU is No. 18 nationally in passing efficiency (157.51).
OSU is No. 6 in fewest fumbles lost (2).
Oklahoma State is eighth in the country with 28.6 first downs per game.
Oklahoma State is fifth nationally in third-down conversion percentage (54.79)
Red Zone Numbers
Oklahoma State's perfect season in the red zone ended in the first quarter at Kansas when the Cowboys turned the ball over on downs on the Kansas 16. Prior to that possession, OSU had scored on all 25 of its red zone opportunities in 2012. The Cowboys enter the Iowa State game having scored on 26 of its 27 red zone chances to rank fourth nationally in that category.
Ending Of The 30-Something
Oklahoma State's NCAA-record-tying 22-game streak of scoring at least 30 points ended in Lawrence. Incidentally, the game before the streak started and the game in which it ended both resulted in Cowboy victories (24-14 over Kansas State in 2010 and 20-14 over KU in 2012).
Two Minute Warnings
Oklahoma State has had a scoring drive of less than two minutes in 32 straight games. In fact, OSU has 21 scoring drives of less than two minutes just five games into the 2012 season.
With just two career starts under his belt, redshirt freshman quarterback J.W. Walsh has already established himself as a playmaker.
Walsh enters the Iowa State game as the nation's sixth-rated passer with an efficiency rating of 170.16. He is third in the Big 12 in that category.
He is completing 65.4 percent of his passes with 1,052 yards and nine touchdowns with three interceptions.
He has rushed for 208 yards and two scores.
He had the ninth-best total offense day in school history when he came off the bench against Louisiana and passed for 347 yards and rushed for 73.
Walsh has been involved in the four longest pass plays of the season for the Cowboys (72 yards to Charlie Moore, 58 yards to Blake Jackson, 52 yards to Kye Staley and 44 yards to Josh Stewart).
His 50-yard run against Texas is the second-longest of the season for the Cowboys.
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 and 301 vs. Texas. Their performances mark the first time that OSU has had two different quarterbacks register 300-yard games in the same season.
Passing The Test
The summertime questioning of Oklahoma State's ability to replace Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper in the receiving corps is being answered every week by a big group of Cowboy receivers.
Sophomore Josh Stewart
Leads the team with 29 catches and 365 receiving yards...He already has seven receptions of more than 20 yards ... He has three TD grabs over the last four games...He is averaging 31.3 yards on his touchdown receptions.
Senior Tracy Moore
The proven veteran of the group, Moore leads OSU with four TD grabs ... Despite not playing in the opener and leaving the KU game early, Moore has 259 receiving yards.
Junior Blake Jackson
Jackson has 14 catches through four games, but is averaging an eye-popping 18.5 yards per catch ... He had a 58-yard catch against Louisiana, a 28-yarder vs. Arizona and a 26-yarder against Texas ... He did not catch a pass in the season opener, but had 100-yard receiving games vs. the Wildcats and Louisiana.
Senior Kye Staley
Staley had 81 career receiving yards entering 2012. He has 105 through the first five games of the season.
Junior John Goodlett
A walkon transfer from Indiana State, Goodlett has five catches, including a 20-yard touchdown vs. Texas.
Junior Joseph Randle
Joseph Randle already has 12 catches for 94 yards to go with his 614 rushing yards.
Junior receiver Charlie Moore is coming off of his breakout game as a Cowboy wideout. At Kansas he had a career-best 97 receiving yards on five catches. His 72-yard TD catch and run represents OSU's longest play from scrimmage this season and the longest of his career. It was OSU's only touchdown of the second half. He also set a career high at Kansas with a 27-yard punt return. Moore entered the season with career totals of seven catches covering 114 yards with one touchdown. In just six games of 2012, he has 11 catches covering 191 yards with a score. He is averaging 17.4 yards per catch.
An All-America Start
As the Cowboys' 2012 season hits its midpoint, junior running back Joseph Randle has ascended into All-America territory. A look at Randle through five games:
He is the Big 12's leading rusher and No. 11 in the country, averaging 122.8 yards per game.
He is averaging 5.9 yards per carry in 2012. In his career, he is averaging 5.79 yards per carry to rank No. 7 among active NCAA players with at least 300 career carries.
He is ninth among all active players with 32 career rushing touchdowns.
Randle has run for at least 100 yards in four of five games this season, five times in his last seven games, and seven times in his last 12 games.
Joseph Randle is now No. 13 all-time at OSU with 2,282 rushing yards. Next up at No. 12 is Oklahoma A&M legend Bob Fenimore, the school's first All-American and a member of the OSU, Cotton Bowl and College Football Halls of Fame.
Chasing The Stars
Joseph Randle's 32 rushing touchdowns rank him No. 6 all-time at OSU behind some of the biggest names in school history. He trails the likes of Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, Terry Miller, Kendall Hunter and Tatum Bell.
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.
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 four 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 two-deep 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 19 tackles after five games ranks fifth on the team while Barnett has 14 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 6.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage
A Good Step Backwards
After four games, Oklahoma State ranks No. 22 in the country with 7.4 tackles for loss per game. The Cowboys have racked up 37 total TFLs this season.
The Young Influence
Oklahoma State has been the best team in the country in forcing turnovers since the arrival of Bill Young as defensive coordinator in 2009. OSU is off to a slow start in the turnover department in 2012, but the Cowboys far and away lead the country in forced turnovers over the last several years with 112 since 2009.
Oklahoma State has been one of America's most successful college football programs since the beginning of the 2008 season.
Since 2008, OSU has 43 wins, tied for ninth-most in the country.
Since 2009, OSU ranks ninth with a record of 35-9.
Since the beginning of the 2010 season, the Cowboys are ninth with a record of 26-5.
Since the start of 2011, OSU is 15-3.
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 21-6 conference record is the best in the Big 12.
Gundy in Perspective
Head coach Mike Gundy is in his eighth season as head coach at his alma mater. He is 62-32 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 50-17 since then, including a 35-9 record since 2009 and 26-5 since the opening of 2010.
Gundy's 62 wins at OSU tie him with his college coach, Pat Jones (62-60-3) atop the all-time Cowboy coaching list.
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.
Last season, OSU reached its highest ranking ever when it checked in at No. 2 in both major polls. The Cowboys eventually finished third in the final AP poll, USA Today poll and in the final BCS standings.
Justin Gilbert has continued to enhance his reputation as one of America's top kick return men. He is currently No. 11 nationally with an average of 29.5 yards per return. He is second all-time at OSU with 1,726 kickoff return yards, trailing only current San Francisco 49er Perrish Cox (2,804 yards). Cox also holds the Big 12 record. Gilbert is tied for the NCAA lead with four career kickoff returns for scores.
Cowboys Still Running
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.
Lunt Makes A Statement
OSU had several issues in its 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 was 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.
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 had 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.
Oklahoma State sported a new look in 2011 - actually many new looks. OSU partnered with Nike to play in Nike Pro Combat uniforms. OSU has its choice of numerous combinations with helmets of white, black and variations of 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.
The Throne Room
For the first time since 1977, Oklahoma State is 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 are playing 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.
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 yards 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. 15 all-time at OSU with 1,326 receiving yards. He has 12 career TD grabs.
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 2012.
600 Times Three
Oklahoma State reached a milestone in 2012. This year is the first time the Cowboys 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 came 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.