Game Notes: Cowboys Take On Texas

Justin Blackmon


Justin Blackmon

Nov. 7, 2010

 

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No. 12/11 Oklahoma State at Texas

Nov. 8, 2010 :: 7 p.m. Central Time :: DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium (100,119 capacity)

TV: ABC (Talent TBA)

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The Final Road Two Step

The Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-1/4-1) begin their final two-game road stretch of the season this weekend when they travel to Austin to face the Texas Longhorns. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. with ABC on hand to televise the game. OSU visits Kansas next weekend for its final road game of 2010. OSU closes the regular season in Stillwater when it hosts Bedlam on Nov. 27.

 

Seeking A Sweep

Oklahoma State heads to Austin looking for another piece of history. Since the inception of the Big 12, Oklahoma State has never gone 4-0 against the South Division's Texas schools. The Cowboys already own victories over Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas Tech in 2010. The Longhorns ruined OSU's bid for the Lone Star Sweep in 2009 and in 2003. In 1997, it was a double-overtime loss at Texas A&M that interrupted the attempt at 4-0.

 

Scene Setting

Oklahoma State heads to Texas with sole possession of the Big 12 South lead with three games remaining in the regular season. OSU and Nebraska, leader of the North Division, are the league's only two remaining one-loss teams. Being in contention in November is becoming the norm in Stillwater. The Cowboys entered the season finale of 2009 one game behind Texas in the South. In 2008, OSU was also one game off the lead entering the last weekend of the regular season. In 2007, it was the same story. OSU was one game down in the loss column entering the final weekend.

 

Road Success

The Cowboys head to Austin with a perfect 3-0 road record in 2010 and a three-game road winning streak overall. That streak and the road wins are significant in several ways:

• OSU last won four straight road games when it closed 2008 with a win at Colorado and opened 2009 with three road wins.

• The Cowboys haven't won four road games in the same season since 1997 when the only blemish away from home came in a double-overtime loss at Texas A&M.

• The Cowboys last won four straight road games in the same season in 1985.

• A win at Texas and another at Kansas would give OSU its first undefeated road season since 1945.

 

Three-Peats

Oklahoma State already has one "not since World War II..." achievement this season. OSU last won three straight road games in consecutive seasons in 1944 and 1945.

 

Another Road Block

So far this season, the Cowboys have put to bed two long road losing streaks. The Cowboys won at Texas Tech for the first time since 1944 and OSU won at Kansas State for the first time since 1988. At Texas, OSU will once again be trying to win for the first time since 1944 and for just the second time ever.

 

The 2010 Vote

With Oklahoma State in at No. 12 in this week's AP poll, Oklahoma State has now been a member of the AP top 25 for 33 of the last 37 weeks. OSU is 18-9 as a member of the AP top 25 under Mike Gundy. At No. 12, the Cowboys are enjoying their highest ranking this season. OSU was last higher than No. 12 in November of 2009 when it checked in at 11.

 

The Spirit of 76

Under Mike Gundy, OSU has cracked the AP top 25 in three straight seasons. OSU had not been ranked by the AP in three consecutive years since the Cowboys made the polls (at least for a week) in five straight years from the finale of 1972 through the first game of 1977. OSU has reached the AP top 15 in three straight seasons for the first time since 1974-75-76.

 

Top 25 Trifecta

Oklahoma State's appearance in the AP poll on Sunday marked the Cowboys' 33rd week in the rankings over the last three seasons. That's the most appearances by OSU in the AP balloting over any three-year period.

 

Star Watch

Oklahoma State began the season in the shadows of college football. With only nine starters and 32 returning lettermen and with the loss of two first-round draft picks, OSU was a consensus pick for fifth or sixth in the Big 12 South. And with the low expectations, Oklahoma State was virtually ignored when the prognosticators began to anticipate their postseason honorees. Eight wins later, OSU has a nice lineup of potential award winners:

Mike Gundy is a candidate for national coach of the year. He has OSU on the brink of a third straight nine-win season (which would be a school first).

Kendall Hunter is in the hunt for a second Big 12 rushing title in three years. He is listed among OSU's all-time great backs and is America's third leading rusher, averaging 6.1 yards per rush.

Justin Blackmon is, quite simply, setting the standard for America's receivers.

Brandon Weeden is fourth in America in total offense and the trigger man for the league's top-rated attack.

Orie Lemon continues to be among America's top tacklers (third nationally in solo stops).

Markelle Martin is a physical and athletic safety and the ringleader of OSU's secondary with 42 tackles and nine passes defended.

• Punter Quinn Sharp is second nationally in punting, and OSU is third nationally in net punting.

• Placekicker Dan Bailey is one of America's most efficient, and is among the NCAA scoring leaders.

Shaun Lewis, now a starter, could be playing his way into Freshman All-America honors.

 

Special Recognition

Outside of the state of Oklahoma, it's uncertain how many college football junkies know the names of Levy Adcock, Lane Taylor, Grant Garner, Nick Martinez and Jonathan Rush. As a result, they may not have their names on many postseason ballots. But the development of the OSU offensive line is one of the primary storylines of 2010. Entering the season, only Taylor had any career starts and the rest of the group had combined for just a handful of plays at the college level. Consider:

• Oklahoma State is tops in the Big 12 and No. 15 nationally in fewest sacks allowed (1.00 per game), despite 360 pass attempts.

• OSU is third nationally in total offense and third nationally in scoring.

• The Cowboys are No. 25 in rushing yards and the team averages 5.23 yards per attempt. That number is actually better than last year's average of 4.4 yards per rush.

• Making the rushing numbers and sacks allowed number more impressive is the pass-first/run-second nature of quarterback Brandon Weeden as compared to Zac Robinson. Robinson, now of the Seattle Seahawks, ended his career with 1,858 rushing yards.

 

Winning Numbers

Oklahoma State's eight victories this season have allowed the football program to reach several milestones with more within reach:

• The Cowboys have won at least seven games for five straight seasons for the first time ever.

• Oklahoma State has won at least eight games in three straight seasons for just the third time in school history and for the first time since 1983-1984-1985.

• One more win in 2010 will give OSU three consecutive nine-win seasons for the first time ever.

• One more win in 2010 will also give OSU 27 wins over the last three years. It would be the most wins in school history over any three-year period.

 

Most Wins Over Three Years

1986-87-88        26

2008-09-10        26

2002-03-04        24

1984-85-86        24

1930-31-32        24

 

Starting Up

Oklahoma State's 8-1 start this season ties for the second best nine-game record in school history. The only better start came in 1945 when the Oklahoma A&M Aggies finished the season 9-0 with a Sugar Bowl victory. OSU is 8-1 for just the fourth time in school history (all since 1984).

 

Best 9-Game Records

1945     9-0

2010     8-1

2008     8-1

1985     8-1

1984     8-1

 

The 10 Spot

A win at Texas would improve the Cowboys to 9-1 for just the second time ever. The only other year in which the O-State had nine wins after 10 games came in 1984. That team, the first for OSU under head coach Pat Jones, finished the season 10-2. It was the first 10-win season in OSU history.

 

Bowl Talk

With Oklahoma State on the brink of a school-record fifth straight bowl appearance, here's a review of Big 12 bowl agreements and the selection order.

 

Big 12 Bowls (in selection order)

Game                            Date                 Opponent

BCS (Fiesta Bowl)           Jan. 1              BCS At Large

AT&T Cotton                  Jan. 7                SEC

Valero Alamo                 Dec. 29             Big Ten

Insight                          Dec. 28             Big Ten

Bridgepoint Holiday        Dec. 30             Pac-10

Texas                            Dec. 29             Big Ten

New Era Pinstripe           Dec. 30             Big East

Dallas Football Classic     Jan. 1                Big 10

 

The Series

Texas leads the series with the Cowboys by a 22-2 advantage with the last 12 games going the Longhorns' way. Some series notes:

• OSU is 1-14 all-time in Austin with the win coming in 1944.

• The Cowboys have dropped their last 11 games at Texas.

• Despite the lopsided record, there have been some close games in Austin. Three times since 1997 OSU fell at Texas by four points or less, including a 28-24 loss to No. 1 Texas in 2008, and a 17-15 loss to No. 2 Texas in 2002.

• The series dates back to 1916, but the schools met just 10 times prior to the Big 12 era.

• For the first time in the history of the series, OSU is the higher ranked team entering the Texas game.

• The last time OSU faced an unranked Texas team was also the last time OSU defeated the Longhorns. The year was 1997 and the Cowboys were 42-16 winners in Stillwater.

 

Last Meeting

Oklahoma State outgained Texas by a 277-275 count in total offense, but the Cowboys couldn't overcome five turnovers in the 41-14 loss in Stillwater last season. Texas returned two interceptions for touchdowns and had two more scoring drives that covered just 53 and 57 yards. In the loss, Justin Blackmon grabbed his first career touchdown pass (a 6-yarder from Zac Robinson). Kendall Hunter had just one yard on one carry. Blackmon had four catches for 38 yards with his score, and Hubert Anyiam caught five for 62 yards. Tracy Moore had a 23-yard reception.

 

Last Time In Austin

It was a battle of unbeatens on Oct. 25, 2008, as top-ranked Texas edged No. 7 Oklahoma State, 28-24, in front of what was then the largest crowd ever to see a football game in the state of Texas (98,518). OSU fell behind 14-0 and 21-7, but trailed by just the final margin of 28-24 over the final 13 minutes. It was a big game for Kendall Hunter, who ran for 161 yards and averaged 8.9 yards per carry. He also had a 31-yard pass reception. Orie Lemon had eight tackles and Ugo Chinasa registered seven tackles, including three behind the line of scrimmage.

 

The Gundy Record

Oklahoma State has now climbed to 44-28 under head coach Mike Gundy. Gundy began his head coaching career with a 12-15 start, but OSU has gone 32-13 since then. The Cowboys are 27-9 over the 36 games. Even more impressive has been OSU's rise through the Big 12.

 

Gundy vs. The Big 12

Year      Record  Pct.

2005     1-7       .125

2006     3-5       .375

2007     4-4       .500

2008     5-3       .625

2009     6-2       .750

2010     4-1       .800

 

Baylor Rewind

Oklahoma State is coming off an impressive 55-28 win over Baylor in the first ever meeting between the two schools as ranked opponents. The Cowboys scored the first 34 points and were never threatened. Some game notes:

• Oklahoma State generated a school-record 725 yards of offense.

Brandon Weeden set school records in single-game passing yards (435) and single-game completions (34).

• OSU held a 499-178 total offense advantage when the scoreboard hit 34-0 at the 9:48 mark of the third period.

Bo Bowling recorded the first 100-yard receiving game of his career (101).

Justin Blackmon had 173 receiving yards and a 69-yard run for a score.

• OSU had two players with 100 receiving yards in the same game for the fifth time in school history and the third time this season.

• OSU had three scores of more than 60 yards.

 

Totally Speaking

The total offense record at Oklahoma State is on full notice that it could have a short lifespan. OSU has set a new single-game record in that category twice this season, including last time out vs. Baylor. The Cowboys generated 725 yards against the Bears and averaged 8.8 yards per snap. The Baylor game marked the second time this season that the Cowboys broke the record as OSU reached 722 yards of offense vs. Tulsa. In a bit of a statistical twist, the only two games this season in which Kendall Hunter did not rush for 100 yards came in the two games in which OSU set a total offense record. OSU enters the Texas game third in the country in total offense with 549.2 yards per game.

 

OSU Total Offense in 2010

Opponent                      Yards                Yards Per Play

Washington State           544                   6.72

Troy                              522                   6.87

Tulsa                             722                   9.38

Texas A&M                    351                   5.15

La-Lafayette                  492                   5.93

Texas Tech                    581                   7.00

Nebraska                       495                   6.97

Kansas State                 511                   6.72

Baylor                           725*                 8.84

*School record

 

NCAA Total Offense Leaders

1. Oregon                      567.2

2. Nevada                      556.1

3. Oklahoma State         549.2

4. Boise State                543.5               

 

A Record Year?

The Cowboy season is far from over but here's a quick look at the final numbers of the top offenses in school history with the 2010 numbers through nine games. All four of the top offensive attacks have Mike Gundy's name attached - either as head coach or as starting quarterback.

 

Yards/Game      Year

1. 549.2            2010

2. 515.2            1988

3. 487.7            2008

4. 486.3            2007

 

Defense Again

For the second consecutive game, the Oklahoma State defense kept a Big 12 offense at bay and watched the OSU offense find its groove in a win. At Kansas State, the Cowboys limited the Wildcats to just 14 points and 289 yards. Against Baylor, facing an offense that had enjoyed much more success, OSU was even better. Consider:

• The Cowboys were pitching a shutout and Baylor had just 176 yards of offense at halftime.

• By the time the score reached 34-0, OSU was holding a 499-178 advantage in total offense.

• Baylor ended the day with 28 points and 464 yards. However, 14 points and 159 yards came in the fourth quarter, which began with OSU holding a 41-14 advantage.

 

A TO Gained Is A TO Earned

Oklahoma State forced three more turnovers against Baylor (an interception and two fumbles) and has now climbed to fifth in America and tops in the Big 12 Conference in the "turnovers gained" category with 25. OSU had forced a total of 25 turnovers last season after 12 regular-season games. The Cowboy defense had five more takeaways in the Cotton Bowl vs. Ole Miss for a final count of 30 for 2009. OSU has 12 interceptions and 13 fumble recoveries. OSU has forced at least one turnover in every game this season, at least two in eight of the nine games to date and three or more five times in nine games.

 

The INT-ersection

The Oklahoma State defense is No. 23 in the country in interceptions with 12 through eight games. OSU was one of the last teams in the country to intercept a pass this season. Seven Cowboys have an interception in 2010 after six picked off passes all of last year. Senior corner Andrew McGee leads the Cowboys, is second in the Big 12, and 16th nationally, with four interceptions.

 

Interceptions By Game

Washington State           0

Troy                              0

Tulsa                             3

Texas A&M                    4

Louisiana                       1

Texas Tech                    0

Nebraska                       0

Kansas State                 3

Baylor                           1

 

Can Kids Contend?

Oklahoma State is leading the Big 12 South race in a year of massive turnover. Twenty-one different Cowboys have made their first career starts in 2010 with true freshman linebacker Shaun Lewis the latest to join those ranks at K-State. Oklahoma State is fifth in the country in number of true freshmen seeing action this season with 14. In addition, the redshirt freshman class has kicked in an additional nine bodies and freshmen or redshirt freshmen have earned nine starts.

 

Speaking Of Freshmen

The win vs. Baylor was clear evidence of the changing face of OSU football:

• True freshman running back Joseph Randle might be one of the Big 12's most underrated offensive players. Against the Bears, he led OSU with 86 rushing yards (6.6 yards per attempt) and he had 28 receiving yards. Over the last two games, Randle has 150 rushing yards and 87 receiving yards.

• True freshman Justin Gilbert returned a Baylor kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. He's the first Cowboy since Perrish Cox in 2008 to return a kick for a score. He is now averaging 27.8 yards on his 12 kickoff returns.

• True freshman linebacker Shaun Lewis has started the last two games and has all the signs of becoming a playmaker. His two-game starting totals include 12 tackles, two tackles for loss, and a forced fumble.

• Redshirt freshman running back Jeremy Smith ran for 50 yards on just seven carries against Baylor and pitched in several high-profile blocks to spring Cowboys.

 

3,000

Quarterback Brandon Weeden is just 18 passing yards away pushing into elite Cowboys company. Weeden enters the Texas game with 2,982 passing yards as he tries to join Josh Fields (2002) and Zac Robinson (2008) as the only Cowboys to pass for 3,000 yards in a season. In fact, Weeden needs just 164 yards to set a new single-season record for passing yards. Weeden already owns the single-season record for completions (229) and single-game record for passing yards (435 vs. Baylor). He is closing in on another mark as his 26 TD passes are just five shy of Josh Fields' record of 31.

 

Single-Season Passing Yards

1. Josh Fields (2002)                   3,145

2. Zac Robinson (2008)               3,064

3. Brandon Weeden (2010)         2,982

 

Words For Weeden

Brandon Weeden may have tossed himself into the thick of the all-Big 12 quarterback talk with his record performance against Baylor. Weeden completed a school-record 34 passes on 42 attempts for another school-record with 435 passing yards to go with three touchdowns against the Bears. Quick numbers on the 27-year-old junior:

• He is tied for the national lead with 26 touchdown passes.

• He is second in the country in total passing yards (2,982).

• He is No. 12 nationally and tops in the Big 12 in passing efficiency with a rating of 160.50.

• He is fourth in America in total offense with 325.2 yards per game.

• He is seventh nationally and tops in the Big 12 in "points responsible for" with 17.3 per game.

 

More History

It was just two years ago when the 2008 Cowboys had a trio that became the first for the school to reach 3,000 passing yards, 1,500 rushing yards and 1,400 receiving yards. Those triplets were Zac Robinson (3,064), Kendall Hunter (1,555) and Dez Bryant (1,480). While the 2010 version of "The Triplets" hasn't reached those marks yet, it is just the second group of OSU teammates to go for 2,900 passing yards, 1,200 rushing yards and 1,200 receiving yards as Weeden's 2,982 passing yards are joined by Hunter, 1,240 rushing yards and Justin Blackmon's 1,285 receiving yards.

 

Still The Ones

Oklahoma State, for the third consecutive week, is the only school in America with a 1,000-yard rusher and a 1,000-yard receiver. The Cowboys' Kendall Hunter and Justin Blackmon continue to be America's most lethal run/catch duo with 1,240 rushing yards for Hunter and 1,285 receiving yards for Blackmon.

 

Bowling For Yardage

Senior receiver Bo Bowling might be playing the best football of his career. In each of the last two weeks he set career highs:  first with eight catches for 92 yards at Kansas State and then with nine catches for 101 yards vs. Baylor. Through the first seven games of the season, Bowling had a total of 12 catches for 98 yards. Over the last two games, he has 17 catches for 193 yards.

 

Lemon In The Middle

OSU linebacker Orie Lemon continues to author an impressive senior season. In conference games, Lemon is second in the Big 12 with 11 stops per contest. He had 14 tackles against Texas A&M and 17 at Texas Tech. He is third in the country in solo tackles with 7.56 per game. Lemon is averaging 9.56 total tackles per game.

 

Chart Watching

Oklahoma State players continue to be at or near the top in the NCAA statistical rankings with Justin Blackmon the benchmark for America's receivers. Kendall Hunter, Brandon Weeden and specialists Dan Bailey and Quinn Sharp also rank among the nation's best as do Orie Lemon and Andrew McGee.

 

OSU and the NCAA

Player               Category                    Rank        Stat

J. Blackmon       Rec. Yards/Gm            1             160.63

J. Blackmon       TD Receptions             T1            15

J. Blackmon       Scoring                      2             12.75

J. Blackmon       Total Rec. Yards          1             1,285

J. Blackmon       Receptions/Game        2             9.38

J. Blackmon       All-Purpose Yards        5             171.13 ypg

D. Bailey           Scoring                      3             11.67 ppg

D. Bailey           FG Percentage            4             .947

K. Hunter           Rushing                      3             137.78 ypg

K. Hunter           Rushing TDs               3             14

K. Hunter           All-Purpose Yards        16            153.33 ypg

K. Hunter           Scoring                      17            9.3 ppg

O. Lemon          Solo Tackles               3             7.56 pg

Q. Sharp           Punting                       2             47.3 avg

B. Weeden         Passing Yards             2             2,982

B. Weeden         TD Passes                  1             26

B. Weeden         Points Responsibility    7             17.33 ppg

B. Weeden         Passing Efficiency        12            160.5

A. McGee           Interceptions/Game     16            .44

 

Two Right Feet

Oklahoma State has two of the best right legs in college football in the form of senior placekicker Dan Bailey and sophomore punter Quinn Sharp. Both are at the top of their game in 2010 with Bailey having missed just one field goal all season while remaining perfect on extra points,  and Sharp is second in the nation in punting and has helped the Cowboys to third nationally in net punting.

 

Bailey's Season

Dan Bailey dotted several mid-season All-America teams and he has continued his special season. He is 18-of-19 on three-point tries. He hit the walk-off 40-yard game winner in the 38-35 win over Texas A&M and he booted two field goals of 52 yards at Louisiana (the first Cowboy to hit two from 52 in the same game since 2001). Bailey is perfect in his OSU career with 182 straight extra points (an OSU record).

 

Keeping An Eye On Barry And Cary

Dan Bailey will leave Oklahoma State as one of the school's all-time leading scorers. For his career, he has 326 points to rank second all-time at OSU. He currently trails only Barry Sanders (330) and he is just ahead of former kicker Cary Blanchard.  The distance increases when factoring in bowl scoring (which the NCAA does not include prior to 2002). When including OSU postseason play, the top three scorers in school history remain the same, but with a higher ceiling:

 

Including Postseason Points

1. Barry Sanders            360

2. Cary Blanchard          344

3. Dan Bailey                 326

 

The First Semifinalist

Dan Bailey became the first Cowboy to be named a 2010 semifinalist for a national honor when the Lou Groza Award trimmed its list of potential winners to 20. That announcement was made on Oct. 29 by the Palm Beach Sports Commission.

 

Sharp Punting

Quinn Sharp has simply done it all for OSU. One week after the sophomore punter set a new school record by averaging 60.4 yards on five punts against Nebraska (including a career-best 78-yarder), he was OSU's nominee for Big 12 special teams player of the week for his efforts at Kansas State. Against the Wildcats, Sharp averaged "only" 41.3 yards on his efforts. But he was a huge factor in the game as he had four punts downed inside the K-State 10-yard line (4, 8, 7, 1). Against Baylor, his lone punt went for 59 yards.

• Sharp is now second nationally in punting with an average of 47.3 yards per boot.

• As a team, OSU is third nationally in net punting (41.3-yard average).

• For the season, Sharp has had eight punts downed inside the 20 with just four touchbacks.

• On kickoffs, Sharp easily leads the nation with 43 touchbacks. To put that number in perspective, OSU's opponents have just eight touchbacks against the Cowboys in 2010.

• He has 37 career punts of longer than 50 yards and 10 longer than 60.

 

Blackmon Returns

Justin Blackmon returned in a big way against Baylor with another Blackmon-like effort. He had 13 catches. That total is second best for OSU in a single game and he has tied the mark twice this season. He had 173 receiving yards, a 5-yard TD catch and a 69-yard run for a score for 242 all-purpose yards. He also drew two more pass interference penalties.

Blackmon now owns the school record with a TD reception in eight straight games and has tied a school-record (Hart Lee Dykes) with eight straight 100-yard receiving games.

 

Evolution of a Receiver

The development of Justin Blackmon from a 260-yard receiver for the entire 2009 season into perhaps America's most explosive wideout in 2010 has been one of the stories of the college football. His national rankings can be found throughout this update. But some other numbers to consider:

• He has a reception of at least 29 yards in every game this season and at least 125 receiving yards in every game.

• He has at least 150 receiving yards in five games.

• He has at least two TD catches in five of eight games this season.

• His 13-catch, 190-yard game at Louisiana was the eighth best receiving game in OSU history only to be trumped by the 10-catch, 207-yard effort at Texas Tech.

• His 1,285 receiving yards already represent the fourth best season in school history.

• His 75 catches already represents the fifth-best single-season total in school history.

• Blackmon leads the country in receiving by more than 36 yards per game.

 

Classy Kendall

Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter is one of 10 national finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in the Football Bowl Subdivision. To be eligible, 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 honors in 2009, a spot on the President's Honor Roll for a 4.0 GPA and honorable-mention Scholar-Baller in 2008 and 2009. 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.

 

All-America Form

Kendall Hunter was a 2008 first-team All-American when he ran for 1,555 yards as a sophomore and earned the Big 12 rushing title. His senior season could be even better as his pace through nine games tops his 2008 numbers. He enters the Texas game as the third leading rusher in the country and tops in the Big 12 with an average of 137.8 yards per game.

 

Hunter 2010 vs. Hunter 2008 Through 9 Games

Year      Att        Yds       TD        Avg       YPG

2008     182       1220     11         6.7        135.6

2010     203       1270     14         6.1        137.8

 

More Elite Company

Kendall Hunter has a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons to his credit, putting him in elite Cowboy company. Terry Miller leads all OSU runners with three 1,000-yard seasons. Kendall Hunter joins Thurman Thomas, David Thompson and Tatum Bell as the only other Cowboys with multiple 1,000-yard seasons as that quartet has two each.

 

The 1,200 Club

When refining the search, Hunter joins just Thurman Thomas, Terry Miller and David Thompson as the only Cowboys with two rushing seasons in excess of 1,200 yards.

 

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 carved a place for himself in Cowboy backfield lore.

• Hunter is fourth all-time at OSU with 3,873 rushing yards and fourth with 35 rushing touchdowns.

• Hunter is the nation's third active leading rusher and No. 9 in career rushing TDs.

• He has moved up to No. 9 all-time at OSU with 222 career points.

• Hunter averages an impressive 6.05 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 and in that game he became the first player since Barry Sanders in 1988 (vs. Kansas) to run for more than 200 yards in a half (208 yards on 18 carries).

 

OSU Career 100-yard Rushing Games

1. Terry Miller (1974-77)                         26

2. Thurman Thomas (1984-87)                21

3. Kendall Hunter (2007-2010)                 18

    David Thompson (1993-96)                 18

 

OSU Career 200-Yard Games

1. Barry Sanders                                    7

2. Thurman Thomas                               6

3. Ernest Anderson                                 4

4. David Thompson                                4

T5. Kendall Hunter                                  3*

T5. Vernand Morency                              3

*Including two from 2010

 

All-Time OSU Rushing Leaders

1. Thurman Thomas                               4,595

2. Terry Miller                                        4,581

3. David Thompson                                4,314

4. Kendall Hunter                                   3,873

 

Cashing In

Oklahoma State is fourth nationally in red zone offense with points on 41 of its 44 chances. In actuality, the Cowboys have scored on 41 of 43 tries in the red zone as OSU ended the Baylor game on the Bear 15 with the Cowboys holding a 55-28 lead. The breakdown of scoring includes 16 rushing touchdowns, 13 passing touchdowns and 12 field goals. OSU's only failures in the red zone came in the first half against Texas A&M when the Cowboys were held on downs and a missed field goal against Baylor.

 

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.

 

Player One Liners

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