Ryan Simmons and the Cowboys face TCU Saturday.
Oct. 21, 2012
RV/RV TCU at RV/RV Oklahoma State
Oct. 27, 2012 :: 2:30 p.m. CT :: Boone Pickens Stadium (60,218 cap.)
TV: FSN (Joel Meyers, Brian Baldinger and Jim Knox)
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen)
National Radio: None
Satellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 117, XM Ch. 202
The Second Half
Oklahoma State kicks off the second half of the 2012 football season Saturday when it hosts the TCU Horned Frogs at Boone Pickens Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. OSU enters the game at 4-2 and has won two straight games for the first time this season. The Cowboys are 2-1 in the Big 12, in sole possession of fourth place. Every team OSU is chasing in the league race remains on the Cowboy schedule. TCU is 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the league following last week's dramatic loss to Texas Tech. The Horned Frogs are 3-0 away from home this season.
The Cowboys and Frogs will battle on FSN with Joel Meyers (play-by-play), Brian Baldinger (analyst) and Jim Knox (sidelines) calling the action. OSU will be appearing on FSN for the third time this season after not appearing on the network at all in 2011.
The Championship Round
The Big 12 Conference features three teams that won their league a year ago. Two of those 2011 champions meet Saturday in Stillwater as defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma State hosts Mountain West Conference champion TCU. The Cowboys were 12-1 last season and TCU finished 11-2. The third conference champion from a year ago, West Virginia, is next up for TCU and will be the next team to visit Boone Pickens Stadium (Nov. 10).
Oklahoma State and TCU are separated by just 267 miles, yet the two schools have played just 22 football games with OSU holding a slender 11-9-2 series advantage.
OSU and TCU have played just seven times since 1950 and not at all since 1993.
Since 1950, the series is 3-3-1.
The Cowboys won the last meeting by a 27-22 count in 1993.
The schools first met in 1915 (a 13-0 OSU win) and played eight times from 1915 to 1926.
On Jan. 1, 1945, Oklahoma State (then known as Oklahoma A&M) defeated TCU, 34-0, in the Cotton Bowl. It was OSU's first bowl appearance and is the only neutral-field meeting in the series.
OSU holds a 5-4 advantage in games played in Stillwater.
TCU safeties coach Chad Glasgow was a three-year letterwinner at OSU and graduated in 1995. He is a former graduate assistant coach at Oklahoma State.
Fright Night Like-nesses
Eleven Texas high schools will have alums playing for both teams in Saturday's game:
OSU kicker Cody Phillips and TCU quarterback Matt Brown both attended Allen High School.
OSU punter Michael Reichenstein and TCU offensive lineman Eric Tausch are graduates of Jesuit Prep in Dallas.
Cowboy long snapper Andrew Suter and TCU tight end Walker Dill both prepped at Clements High School in Sugar Land.
Martin High School in Arlington is the alma mater of OSU offensive lineman Lane Taylor and TCU kicker Jaden Oberkrom and defensive end Devonte Fields.
OSU freshman lineman Michael Wilson and TCU linebacker Joel Hasley and defensive end Jon Koontz all attended Aledo High School.
Madison High School in San Antonio produced OSU linebacker Kris Catlin and TCU running back Aaron Green.
Three players attended Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch. They are OSU safety Zack Craig and TCU's Ethan Perry (kicker) and center James Fry.
OSU defensive lineman Eric Davis and TCU safety Chris Hackett, and receiver David Bush, are all from John Tyler High School in Tyler.
College Park High School in The Woodlands produced OSU offensive lineman Eli Dickerson and TCU defensive end Taylor Oney.
OSU receiver Brendan Fagan and TCU defensive end Josh Carraway and O-Lineman Matt Johnston are from Marcus High School in Flower Mound.
OSU quarterback Daxx Garman is from Southlake Carroll High School, as is TCU's David Sottzman.
Texans vs. Texans
Oklahoma State's roster features 66 Texans and they have enjoyed bragging rights over their home-state schools. Oklahoma State has won 12 of its last 14 games against schools from the state of Texas. The last-second loss to the University of Texas earlier this season ended a string of nine straight OSU wins over the Texas entries in the Big 12 Conference.
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 vs. Iowa State.
OSU has now won 14 of its last 17 Big 12 games, 16 of its last 20, 19 of its last 24 and 22 of its last 28.
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 31-13 against the league, raising his overall Big 12 mark to 35-25.
Oklahoma State is coming off an impressive 31-10 victory over Iowa State as the Cowboys outgained the stubborn Cyclones by a 625-341 advantage. OSU spotted the Cyclones a 10-7 first-quarter lead before scoring the game's final 24 points, despite a turnover on a play that would have placed OSU at the ISU three with a first and goal, and two missed field goals.
An Iowa State defense that was No. 33 in the country, allowing just 342.3 yards per game, allowed 308 yards in the first half, 497 yards after three periods and 625 in the game. The Cyclones also entered the game allowing just 17.6 points per game.
OSU had a 400-yard passer in J.W. Walsh (415), a 100-yard receiver in Charlie Moore (129), two other receivers that were in the 100-yard range in Josh Stewart (13-89) and Blake Jackson (4-96). Joseph Randle ran for 151 yards.
The OSU defense pitched a shutout over the game's final 48:17.
Iowa State generated a total of 134 yards on their first and last drives of the day. On the 12 drives in between those possessions the Cyclones managed just 207 yards and three points.
Oklahoma State held the ball for 34:51. It was the Cowboys' highest time of possession total since Oct. 24, 2009, when OSU held the ball for 38:25 in a win at Baylor.
OSU played the ISU game without three critical starters in quarterback Wes Lunt, senior receivers Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson, and critical backup Jeremy Smith at running back.
Sophomore receiver Josh Stewart had 13 receptions, tying for the second best single-game total in school history.
J.W. Walsh's 415 passing yards vs. Iowa State ranks No. 9 in OSU single-game history and is the second best by a freshman at OSU. The freshman record was set by true freshman Wes Lunt, who had 436 yards at Arizona earlier this season.
Oklahoma State's yardage total was the second highest allowed by the Cylones under Paul Rhoads. Oklahoma had 672 in 2010.
The Next Wave
A combination of injuries, circumstance and young talent combined to create a look at the future in the win over Iowa State:
OSU rushed for 210 yards, none by seniors.
OSU passed for 415 yards, none by seniors.
OSU had 415 receiving yards with 69 of those coming from seniors (Justin Horton had 58 and Kye Staley had 11).
Cornerback Brodrick Brown was only senior among OSU's top five tacklers in the game.
OSU had 63 yards in the return game, none by seniors.
Moore Of Everything
Junior receiver Charlie Moore has picked up the slack for an injured Cowboy receiver corps as he has had career receiving days each of the past two weeks.
He had OSU's longest play from scrimmage this season at Kansas with a 72-yard touchdown reception. He also set a career high with 97 receiving yards against the Jayhawks.
Moore topped both of those achievements the following week against Iowa State. He had a 74-yard TD reception against the Cyclones and set another career high with 129 receiving yards (on eight catches).
Moore has now been involved with OSU's two longest plays from scrimmage this season.
His 129 receiving yards vs. the Cyclones are the most by a Cowboy this season.
He is averaging 16.8 yards per catch.
Moore enters the TCU game fourth in the conference, averaging 10 yards per punt return. It is his first season in that role.
Century Mark Times Four
For the first time in school history, OSU has had four different receivers record 100-yard receiving games in the same season. Charlie Moore became the latest to join the group with his 129-yard effort vs. Iowa State. Previous players in the century club include Josh Stewart (nine catches for 104 yards vs. Louisiana), Tracy Moore (six catches for 104 yards with four scores vs. Arizona), and Blake Jackson (who reached 100 yards vs. Arizona and Louisiana).
Stewart Shows Up
Another receiver earning his stripes is sophomore Josh Stewart. His 13 catches against Iowa State tie for the second best total in OSU history. Stewart already has 42 catches in 2012 -- good enough for the 23rd best single-season total in school history. Stewart has had at least five receptions in each of the last five games and at least 76 receiving yards in each of those five games.
Inside The Defensive Numbers
Much of the talk after the Iowa State game was about the Cowboy defense, which continues to show improved numbers from a year ago with half of 2012 in the books.
In its last two games, the defense has allowed a combined total of 24 points.
OSU has allowed scores on just four of the last 28 possessions.
Over the last two games, OSU's opposition has converted just 11 times on 42 third and fourth-down conversion tries.
OSU ranks second in the Big 12, behind only TCU, in opponent third-down conversion percentage (35.3 percent).
OSU's offense averages 5.9 yards per rushing attempt while the defense gives up just 3.4 yards per rush.
Oklahoma State ended the 2012 season with a 12-1 record while allowing 456.8 yards per game. The current Cowboys are allowing 91 yards per game less than the 2011 squad.
Over the last four games, OSU has allowed a total of seven points in the third period. OSU has outscored the opposition 50-7 in that quarter, dating back to the Louisiana game.
Over the last two games, OSU's opposition is 38-of-80 through the air.
Oklahoma State enters the TCU game No. 5 in the Big 12 and No. 45 nationally in total defense, allowing 365.8 yards per game. The Cowboys finished 2011 No. 107 nationally in total defense.
Play By Play
Oklahoma State has the sixth-ranked defense in the Big 12, but once again the Cowboys' hire-powered offense comes into play in the numbers. OSU is allowing just 4.81 yards per play, but because of the quick-strike Cowboy offense, OSU's defense is on the field more than most teams. Take a look at the Big 12 defenses when ranked by yards allowed per play. Kansas State has the nation's 23rd-ranked defense while allowing 4.80 yards per play. Oklahoma State allows 4.81 yards per play.
Still Topping The Charts
Halfway through the 2012 season, Oklahoma State continues to lead the country in total offense, averaging 605.3 yards per game. OSU finished third nationally in total offense each of the past two seasons.
OSU is the only school in the country averaging more than 600 yards per game.
Oklahoma State has reached the 600-yard mark four times in six games, despite playing (and starting) two freshmen at quarterback.
OSU set a school record with 742 yards of total offense vs. Louisiana.
OSU opened the season with three straight games of more than 600 yards of offense for the first time in school history.
By the end of the third period, OSU had accumulated more total yards against Iowa State than the Cyclones had allowed in any GAME all season.
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 eighth in rushing, averaging 254.3 yards per game. The Cowboys are No. 7 in the country in passing yards with 351 yards per game.
To Have And To Hold
Oklahoma State is playing offense this year with numerous new faces and yet OSU remains one of the best teams in the country at hanging on to the ball. OSU is fourth nationally with just four lost fumbles this season and the Cowboy quarterbacks have thrown seven interceptions.
OSU And The YPC
Oklahoma State is known for its high-powered air attack, but Oklahoma State's running game is putting up numbers on par with the some of the nation's top ground-oriented teams. The Cowboys' 5.89 yards per rushing attempt is the fifth best average in the country. Florida State leads with 6.15 yards per carry.
OSU has dropped to fourth nationally in scoring at 45.7 points per game. 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.
An All-America Start
As the Cowboys' 2012 season passes its midpoint, junior running back Joseph Randle has ascended into All-America territory. A look at Randle through six games:
He is the Big 12's leading rusher and No. 8 in the country, averaging 127.5 yards per game. He is the third leading rusher from the "power conferences" and trails only Giovani Bernard of North Carolina and Denard Robinson of Michigan.
He is averaging 5.98 yards per carry in 2012 and has reached the 100-yard rushing mark in five of the season's six games. His five 100-yard rushing games lead the Big 12.
In his career, he is averaging 5.82 yards per carry to rank No. 7 among active NCAA players with at least 300 carries.
He is seventh among all active players with 34 career rushing touchdowns.
Randle has 34 career rushing touchdowns in 32 college games.
He is third in the Big 12 Conference in all-purpose yards, despite not participating in the punt return or kick return game.
Even though he is just getting started, OSU freshman quarterback J.W. Walsh can already chalk up Saturday's win over Iowa State as one of the highlights of his career. One week after the Cowboys splashed their way through a 20-14 win at Kansas, they launched an all-out aerial attack against one of the Big 12's best defenses and cruised to the win.
Walsh was 32-of-47 through the air for 415 yards, including a 74-yard TD pass to Charlie Moore.
It was the ninth best passing game in OSU history and the second best by a Cowboy freshman (Wes Lunt passed for 436 yards at Arizona earlier this season).
Walsh also rushed for 46 yards and a score.
OSU's 625 yards of total offense represent the 15th best single-game total in school history.
He completed a pass of at least 34 yards to three different receivers (Charlie Moore, Blake Jackson and Justin Horton).
He had 461 yards of total offense for the fifth best day in school history.
Walsh To Date
J.W. Walsh enters the TCU game as the nation's 14th-ranked passer with an efficiency mark of 163.78. To put that number in perspective, Brandon Weeden finished the 2011 season ninth in the country with a passing efficiency mark of 159.78. Walsh has 10 touchdown passes with just three interceptions and he is completing 66.2 percent of his attempts. He is also OSU's second-leading rusher with 254 yards and he is fourth on the team with three rushing touchdowns. His 50-yard run against Texas is the third-longest of the season for the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State has scored 35 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.
Fewest Sacks Allowed (2007-2012)
1. Air Force - 43
2. Boise State - 52
3. Oklahoma State - 61
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. 20 nationally in passing efficiency (155.82).
Oklahoma State is sixth in the country with 28.5 first downs per game.
Oklahoma State is seventh nationally in third-down conversion percentage (53.85)
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 TCU game having scored on 30 of their 33 red zone chances to rank No. 13 nationally.
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). OSU got back in the 30-something groove with 31 points against Iowa State.
Two Minute Warnings
Oklahoma State has had a scoring drive of less than two minutes in 33 straight games. In fact, OSU has 24 scoring drives of less than two minutes just six games into the 2012 season. The Cowboys also have 16 scoring drives of five plays or less.
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).
Hard To Find
Quinn Sharp is averaging 48.0 yards per punt. That number would lead the country if he had enough punts to appear in the NCAA statistics. He has punted 17 times this season, but would need 22 to appear on the NCAA leader boards. That 48-yard average, should it last the season, would allow Sharp to break his own school record for season average. He averaged 46.3 yards per punt last year.
The Net Is The Thing
Punting averages are great, but net punting is the bottom line in football. OSU enters the TCU game second in the country in that category with an average net of 43.53 yards. OSU has allowed just 36 punt return yards all season and has just two touchbacks.
The NCAA's Best
For his career, Quinn Sharp averages 45.99 yards per punt. That number tops all active NCAA players.
Sharp At A Glance
He is a touchback machine on kickoffs, already with 41 this season after leading the nation in that category each of the last three years.
Sharp is No. 15 nationally in scoring with 10.7 points per game.
Sharp's career field-goal percentage of 80.0 is 12th 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 16 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 21 tackles.
Evan Epstein, C: A fifth-year senior who has made his first career starts in 2012 ... Missed the Louisiana game with injury, but returned to start vs. Texas.
Shamiel Gary, S: Is second on the team with 29 tackles ... Has started every game...Transferred to OSU from Wyoming.
Austin Hays, WR: Has been affected by injury early on, but still has 10 catches.
Blake Jackson, IR: The junior college transfer is fourth on the squad with 18 catches and he is averaging an impressive 19.7 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 six 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, Kansas and Iowa State contests with injury ... Is completing 68 percent of his passes.
Charlie Moore, WR: Has gotten his first 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 15 tackles, four 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 42 catches and 454 receiving yards.
J.W. Walsh, QB: Has started the last three games.
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 415 yards vs. Iowa State, 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.
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.
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 114 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 45 wins, tied for 10th-most in the country.
Since 2009, OSU ranks eighth with a record of 36-9.
Since the beginning of the 2010 season, the Cowboys are ninth with a record of 27-5.
Since the start of 2011, OSU is 16-3 for the ninth best record in the country.
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 22-6 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 63-32 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 51-17 since then, including a 36-9 record since 2009 and 27-5 since the opening of 2010.
Gundy is now the winningest coach in school history, picking up his 63rd against Iowa State.
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.
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 just two games in his career, 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.
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.