Game Notes - Cowboys Travel To Kansas State

Blake Jackson

Blake Jackson

Oct. 28, 2012

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NR/24 Oklahoma State at 3/3 Kansas State
Nov. 3, 2012 :: 7 p.m. :: Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000 cap.)

TV: ABC Sports (Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Heather Cox)
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen)
National Radio: TBD
Internet: okstate.com
Satellite Radio: TBD
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The Little Apple
Oklahoma State will play its second road game of the Big 12 season when it travels to Manhattan to take on the third-ranked Kansas State Wildcats Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. OSU enters the game at 5-2 overall and 3-1 in Big 12 play. OSU has won three in a row. Kansas State is the league's only unbeaten team at 5-0 in league play and 8-0 overall.

TV Update
The Cowboys and Wildcats will battle on ABC. It will be Oklahoma State's first appearance on the network this season. The Oklahoma State-Kansas State game was featured in an ABC prime-time window last season as well.

Land Grant Football
Oklahoma State and Kansas State finished 1-2 in last year's Big 12 race with the Cowboys winning the league with an 8-1 conference mark and Kansas State finishing second at 7-2. The difference in the race was OSU's 52-45 win in Stillwater. This season, the Cowboys and Wildcats are once again 1-2, only it's Kansas State leading the league while OSU is in second place (tied with Oklahoma).

The Series
Oklahoma State holds a 36-22 series lead over Kansas State. Oklahoma State has won the last three games and four of the last five. The series dates back to 1908.
• OSU's last loss in the series was a 31-27 setback in Manhattan in 2006.
Mike Gundy is 3-1 vs. Kansas State, including a 2-0 record vs. Bill Snyder.
• Oklahoma State is 17-14 all-time in Manhattan. OSU's 24-14 win at Kansas State in 2010 ended the Cowboys' six-game road losing streak vs. the Wildcats.
• Oklahoma State was just 2-9 against Bill Snyder in his first stint as K-State's coach. OSU is now 4-9 against Snyder overall with a 2-0 record against him in his second act as the Kansas State boss.

Close Calls
The last five meetings between Kansas State and Oklahoma State have provided plenty of drama. Four of the five have been decided by a touchdown or less, including three games decided by four points or less. Last year's seven-point OSU victory wasn't clinched until the last play of the game. The average score between the two schools over the last five games: Oklahoma State 36.4, Kansas State 32.8.

Gundy The Quarterback vs. Bill Snyder
Mike Gundy's playing career at Oklahoma State overlapped the arrival of Bill Snyder as Kansas State's coach. In 1989, Snyder's first year in Manhattan, the Wildcats came to Stillwater to face a struggling OSU team.
• The Cowboys had lost All-America receiver Hart Lee Dykes to the NFL and Heisman winner Barry Sanders had decided to leave school after his junior season. To top things off, Gundy, who would end his career as the Big Eight Conference's all-time leader in total offense and passing yards, had been sidelined with a knee injury.
• A hobbled Gundy entered the game late in the third period with OSU trailing the Wildcats, 13-10. He led OSU to the game-winning drive with a TD pass to Brent Parker with just 1:37 remaining in the game as OSU rallied for a 17-13 win. Gundy finished the day 8-for-8 through the air with 120 passing yards and the one score.

The Ranked File
Kansas State will be just the second ranked team OSU has faced in 2012 as OSU fell to No. 12 Texas in the final 30 seconds. Iowa State was No. 24 in the BCS Standings when the Cowboys took down the Cyclones, 31-10. September opponent Arizona is now No. 23 in the Associated Press poll.

Poll Positions
Oklahoma State may have dropped its only game against the top 25 in 2012, but the Cowboys have had their fair share of success against the nation's elite.
• In 2011, OSU was 5-0 against AP poll members.
• The Cowboys have won their last two games against the AP top 10. In 2011, OSU was a 30-29 winner at No. 8 Texas A&M and defeated No. 4 Stanford in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.
• Oklahoma State is 3-4 against the top 10 since 2008 with all three victories coming on the road or on a neutral field.
• Under Mike Gundy, OSU is 11-16 against the AP top 25 with at least one win over a ranked opponent every year he has been the Cowboy head coach.
• In its history, Oklahoma State has eight road wins against the Associated Press top 10, and two more against the top 10 on neutral fields (a win over No. 7 South Carolina in the 1984 Gator Bowl and over No. 4 Stanford in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl).

AP Top 10 Road Wins
Year Score
1944 Oklahoma A&M 46, (7) Tulsa 40
1967 Oklahoma State 10, (3) Colorado 7
1972 Oklahoma State 31, (3) Colorado 6
1974 Oklahoma State 36, (10) Arkansas 7
1976 Oklahoma State 31, (5) Oklahoma 24
2001 Oklahoma State 16, (3) Oklahoma 13
2008 (17) Oklahoma State 28, (3) Missouri 23
2011 (7) Oklahoma State 30, (8) Texas A&M 29

The Road Challenge
The young Oklahoma State team faces a tall order when it heads to Manhattan to face the Wildcats. However, the Cowboys have some past success to draw upon. OSU has 12 conference road wins since the beginning of the 2009 season to lead the Big 12 Conference. Texas is next with nine. During that period with 12 conference road wins, OSU has 11 conference home wins.

Last Year In Stillwater
Third-ranked Oklahoma State survived four turnovers as both teams overcame double-digit deficits in a wild 52-45 Cowboy victory over No. 17 Kansas State. It was one of the games of the year in the Big 12 Conference.
Brandon Weeden set a school record by passing for 502 yards. In the decisive fourth quarter, he engineered three scoring drives.
Justin Blackmon had the best game of his season with 13 catches for 205 yards.
Joseph Randle rushed for 73 yards and two scores and also caught a 15-yard TD pass.

Connections
• Kansas State co-offensive coordinator Del Miller served as OSU's offensive coordinator in 2000.
• Long-time Kansas State equipment manager Jim "Shorty" Kleinau is an OSU alum and now works as part of the Cowboy staff on game days.
• Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle is a Kansan from Wichita Southeast High School and OSU freshman defensive end Trace Clark, another Wichita native, is from Collegiate High School. Corner Bryant Reber is from Leawood, Kan., and attended Blue Valley High.
• Tulsa Washington High School produced Kansas State's Dante Barnett, Tyler Lockett and Keenan Turner, along with OSU defensive starters Shamiel Gary and Calvin Barnett.
• K-State defensive back Kip Daily and linebacker Justin Tuggle, along with OSU offensive lineman Chris Grisbhy and linebacker Alex Elkins, all attended Blinn Community College in Texas.
• K-State's Hunter Davis and Andre McDonald are from Choctaw, Okla., as is OSU running back Corey Bennett.
• Wildcat long snapper Marcus Heit and OSU defensive back Devin Hedgepeth are from Derby, Kan.
• Kansas State linebacker Cody Marley is from Denton (Texas) Guyer High School. OSU's contingent from Guyer includes quarterback J.W. Walsh, defensive end Jimmy Bean, receiver Josh Stewart and running back/tight end Dominic Ramacher.
• A pair of linebackers in this week's game hail from Missouri City, Texas. OSU's Shaun Lewis attended Hightower High School and Kansas State's Blake Slaughter went to Elkins High School.
• Kansas State offensive lineman Cody Whitehair is the nephew of Kip Racy, who serves as the general manager of Cowboy Sports Properties.

Big 12 Roll
OSU continues to be one of the Big 12 Conference's best teams. Oklahoma State is 3-1 in Big 12 play after last week's win vs. TCU.
• OSU has now won 14 of its last 18 Big 12 games, 17 of its last 21, 20 of its last 25 and 22 of its last 29.
• 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 32-13 against the league, raising his overall Big 12 mark to 36-25.

TCU Recap
Oklahoma State is coming off an impressive 36-14 win over TCU as the Cowboys spotted the Horned Frogs a 14-0 lead with 3:22 remaining in the first period and then reeled off 36 straight points to close out the visitors.
Joseph Randle rushed for 126 yards on 32 carries as he became the first runner this season to reach triple digits against the TCU defense.
• TCU was limited to six three-and-out possessions to go along with three turnovers.
• The TCU defense, which entered the game No. 17 in the country by allowing just 313 yards per game, was hit for 471 yards as OSU scored on seven of its final nine possessions of the game.
• The Cowboys hit the Frogs with six pass plays in excess of 20 yards and four longer than 30 yards.
• The TCU offense managed just 223 yards and no points over the final three periods of play.
• OSU limited TCU to a paltry 2-of-14 showing on third down.
• The Cowboy defense pitched its second straight second-half shutout as it broke up six passes, forced three turnovers had five tackles behind the line of scrimmage and was credited with five quarterback hurries.
• OSU overcame a 14-point deficit to pick up a win for the first time since trailing 14-0 in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl and rallying for a 41-38 overtime victory over No. 4 Stanford.
• Sophomore Josh Stewart recorded his second 100-yard receiving game of the season with six catches for 120 yards.
Quinn Sharp tied a school record by going 5-for-5 on field-goal attempts. The record was originally set by Larry Roach in 1982.
• The OSU defense allowed just seven points as a Horned Frog pick-six accounted for the first touchdown of the game.

Way Back When
Oklahoma State traveled to Tucson on Sept. 8 and played a strange game. The Cowboys committed four turnovers in the loss. Even more strange was the wide array of penalties that hit the Cowboys at the most inopportune times. OSU ended that game with 15 flags covering 167 yards. However, when tossing out the Arizona game, OSU is averaging 4.8 penalties per game for 45.1 yards.

The Kid Comes Back
Oklahoma State true freshman quarterback Wes Lunt, who started the first three games of the season (but was injured on the sixth play of the third game against Louisiana), played just his second complete game of the year in the win over TCU. He shrugged off a very slow start to go 18-33 passing for 324 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
• Lunt's first pass against TCU was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. He began the game just 3-for-9 as OSU had just eight yards of offense late in the first quarter.
• After the 3-for-9 start, Lunt was 15-of-24 as he recorded the second 300-yard passing game of his career. He completed passes of at least 20 yards to four different receivers.
• In just two full games and some change, Lunt has passed for 914 yards and he's completing 63.9 percent of his attempts. He has been credited with four interceptions, although two have been attributed to receivers in the mind of the OSU coaching staff.

Quarterbacking 101
The Cowboy freshman quarterbacks, Wes Lunt (true freshman) and J.W. Walsh (a redshirt freshman), have been impressive as they have both lost parts of their seasons to injury but have still led a young Cowboy team to a 5-2 record and within shooting distance of the Big 12 lead heading into November's games.
• Both quarterbacks have rallied OSU from deficits to win a game. Lunt rallied the troops from 14-0 down in the TCU win and OSU trailed Iowa State twice in the first half before Walsh led the Pokes to a 31-10 victory. Walsh also led OSU to two scoring drives in the fourth quarter to overcome a deficit against Texas, only to see the Longhorns score the winning points with 29 seconds remaining in the game.
• Walsh has two 300-yard passing games and a 415-yard effort (vs. Iowa State), while Lunt has two 300-plus outings and set a school freshman record with his 436-yard effort at Arizona in his first career road start.
• As a team, the Cowboys are completing 64.8 percent of their passing attempts with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
• The quarterbacks have thrown just two interceptions over the last three games.
• As a team, Oklahoma State is No. 18 nationally in passing efficiency (154.03).

Sophomore Stepping Up
Josh Stewart, a sophomore receiver from Denton Guyer, is quickly developing into one of the Big 12 Conference's most dependable weapons. He already has 48 receptions this season for the 17th best single-season total in OSU history. He is coming off the second 100-yard receiving game in his career, just one week after recording the second best single-game reception total in school history (13 vs. ISU).
• Over the last two games, Stewart has 19 catches covering 209 yards.
• He set a career high with 120 receiving yards vs. TCU, eclipsing his 104-yard effort vs. Louisiana.
• He has a reception of at least 33 yards in five of seven games this season.
• Stewart will head to Kansas State leading OSU in catches (48), receiving yards (574) and receiving yards per game (82.0).
• His season numbers could be much higher. In the season-opening 84-0 win over Savannah State, Stewart had just one catch covering six yards.
• Stewart is 18th nationally with 6.86 catches per game.

Jackson's Big Hits
Junior college transfer Blake Jackson has turned into a big-play machine for the youthful Cowboy offense as he leads the nation with an average of 21.4 yards per reception.
• Through six games, Jackson has 21 catches, but they cover 449 yards.
• Against TCU, he caught three passes covering 94 yards, including a 46-yard reception.
• The 94-yard outing vs. TCU came on the heels of a game against Iowa State in which he had four catches for 96 yards.
• His lone catch against Texas went for 26 yards.
• He had a 33-yard catch against Louisiana in a game in which he had nine receptions for a career-best 112 yards.
• His coming-out part came at Arizona when he had seven catches for 105 yards.
• Jackson has had a catch of at least 26 yards in four games.
• Like Josh Stewart, his season numbers could be better. He did not have a catch in the season-opening 84-0 win over Savannah State.

Moore Of Everything
Junior receiver Charlie Moore has picked up the slack for an injured Cowboy receiver corps.
• His 20-yard touchdown reception against TCU marked his third straight game with a touchdown reception.
• His 72-yard TD against Kansas, followed by his 74-yard TD grab against Iowa State, made him the first Cowboy player ever with at least a 72-yard catch in consecutive games.
• Moore set a career high with 97 receiving yards at Kansas, only to set another high with 129 yards against Iowa State the following week.
• Moore has 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 16.2 yards per catch.

What Might Have Been
Oklahoma State entered the season with two proven starters at receiver in Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson. However, injuries have limited the playing time of both. Another senior, tight end Justin Horton, has been lost to a season-ending injury. As a result, OSU's 2012 receiving corps has been nearly a total rebuild from the 2011 season. Moore has played in just four games and has 259 of OSU's 2,430 receiving yards. Anderson has just nine catches covering 112 yards. He did return from injury to play against TCU, but did not record a catch.

Century Mark Times Four
For the first time in school history, OSU has had four different players record 100-yard receiving games in the same season with Charlie Moore, Josh Stewart, Blake Jackson and Tracy Moore all accomplishing the feat. In fact, Jackson and Stewart have reached the 100-yard mark twice in 2012.

An All-America Start
As the Cowboys' 2012 season enters its stretch run, junior running back Joseph Randle has ascended into All-America territory. A look at Randle through seven games:
• He is the Big 12's leading rusher and No. 9 in the country, averaging 127.3 yards per game.
• He is averaging 5.6 yards per carry in 2012 and has reached the 100-yard rushing mark in six of the season's seven games. His six 100-yard rushing games lead the Big 12.
• In his career, he is averaging 5.7 yards per carry to rank No. 9 among active NCAA players with at least 300 carries.
• He is seventh among all active players with 35 career rushing touchdowns.
• Randle has 35 career rushing touchdowns in 33 college games. The numbers are more impressive when considering he began his career as a backup to All-American Kendall Hunter.
• He is third in the Big 12 Conference in all-purpose yards (149.3), despite not participating in the punt return or kick return game.
• Against TCU, Randle carried the ball 32 times. It was the first time a Cowboy back had 30 rushes in a game since Keith Toston against Colorado in 2009.
• Randle is the only back this season to rush for 100 yards against TCU.

The Rush Is On
Joseph Randle heads to Manhattan needing just 109 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the 2012 season -- and for the second time in his career. That feat would put him in rare air. Despite OSU's history at the tailback spot, only five Cowboy runners have had multiple 1,000-yard seasons to their credit.
• Two-time All-American and 1977 Heisman Trophy runner-up Terry Miller leads all Cowboy with three 1,000-yard seasons.
• The Cowboys to record two 1,000-yard seasons include Thurman Thomas, David Thompson, Tatum Bell and Kendall Hunter.
• The 109 yards by Randle would give OSU a 1,000-yard rusher for a sixth straight season and nine in the last 11 seasons.

Still Topping The Charts
Oklahoma State continues to lead the country in total offense, averaging 586.1 yards per game. OSU finished third nationally in total offense each of the past two seasons.
• Oklahoma State has reached the 600-yard mark four times in seven 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.
• TCU entered the Oklahoma State allowing just 313 yards per game. OSU gained 471 yards on the Frogs.
• Oklahoma State is No. 6 nationally in passing offense, averaging 347 yards per game and No. 13 in rushing offense (239 yards per game).

The Year Was 1986
Oklahoma State's defense continues to gain confidence after three straight weeks of impressive performances. For the first time since the final three games of the 1986 season, the Cowboys have held three straight conference opponents below 20 points. In that 1986 run, the Cowboys defeated Kansas State 23-3, Iowa State 21-14 and Missouri 10-6. Those OSU teams were quarterbacked by freshman Mike Gundy.

A Silent Second Half
Oklahoma State has now pitched a second-half shutout in two straight games. In fact, OSU kept Kansas, Iowa State and TCU off the scoreboard in three of the four quarters in each game. Iowa State and TCU did all of their scoring in the first period while Kansas did all of its scoring in the fourth quarter. Opponents have completed 50 percent of their passes (62-of-124) during those three games with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

Defending The Scoreboard
In conference play, OSU is allowing just 19.8 points, good enough for third in the league. OSU is also third in the Big 12 in total defense (for conference games), allowing 380.1 yards per game. The Cowboys have climbed to No. 44 nationally, allowing 23.1 points per game for the season.

Totally Speaking
OSU is No. 42 nationally in total defense, allowing 362.7 yards per game. OSU finished 2011 No. 107 in total defense, allowing 456.8 yards per game.

Inside The Defensive Numbers
A closer looks at Oklahoma State's improving defensive numbers:
• In its last three games, the defense has allowed a combined total of 28 points.
• OSU has allowed scores on just five of the last 42 possessions.
• Over the last three games, OSU's opposition has converted just 17 times on 59 third and fourth-down conversion tries.
• OSU ranks second in the Big 12, behind only TCU, in opponent third-down conversion percentage (32.8 percent).
• OSU's offense averages 5.6 yards per rushing attempt while the defense gives up just 3.51 yards per rush.
• Over the last five games, OSU has allowed a total of seven points in the third period. OSU has outscored the opposition 64-7 in that quarter, dating back to the Louisiana game.

Play By Play
Oklahoma State has the fifth-ranked defense in the Big 12, but once again the Cowboys' hire-powered offense comes into play in the numbers. OSU is allowing just 4.8 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. TCU has the nation's 23rd-ranked defense while allowing 5.3 yards per play. Oklahoma State allows 4.8 yards per play but is No. 42 nationally in total defense.

Happy Returns
Oklahoma State has scored 38 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.

Two Minute Warnings
Oklahoma State has had a scoring drive of less than two minutes in 34 straight games. In fact, OSU has 26 scoring drives of less than two minutes just seven games into the 2012 season. The Cowboys also have 18 scoring drives of five plays or less.

Sharp Performances
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 46.8 yards per punt. That number would rank No. 8 in the country if he had enough punts to appear in the NCAA statistics.

The Net Is The Thing
Punting averages are great, but net punting is the bottom line in football. OSU enters the Kansas State game second in the country in that category with an average net of 43.6 yards. OSU has allowed just 32 punt return yards all season and has just two touchbacks.

The NCAA's Best
For his career, Quinn Sharp averages 45.91 yards per punt. That number tops all active NCAA players.

Sharp At A Glance

• He is a touchback machine on kickoffs, he already has 48 this season after leading the nation in that category each of the last three years.
• Sharp is No. 6 nationally in scoring with 11.7 points per game.
• Sharp's career field-goal percentage of 82.2 is sixth in the country.
• Sharp is No. 13 all-time at OSU with 227 career points.
• Sharp has 65 career punts in excess of 50 yards, 16 that traveled 60 yards or further and three longer than 70 yards.

Starting With Starts
Against Kansas, true freshman receiver Austin Hays became the 15th OSU player this season to make his first career start.

Taylor-Made
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 lead the country with 117 forced turnovers since 2009.

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 has 46 wins, tied for ninth in the country.
• Since 2009, OSU is eighth with a record of 37-9.
• Since the beginning of the 2010 season, the Cowboys are eighth with a record of 28-5.
• Since the start of 2011, OSU is 17-3 for the seventh 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 23-6 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 52-17 since then, including a 37-9 record since 2009 and 28-5 since the opening of 2010.
• Gundy is now the winningest coach in school history with 64 wins.
• 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.

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.

 

 

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