Cowboys, Jayhawks Clash In Lawrence

Brandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden

Nov. 14, 2010

 

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No. 12/10 Oklahoma State at Kansas

Nov. 20, 2010 :: 11 a.m. Central Time :: Memorial Stadium (50,270 capacity)

 

TV: FSN (Steve Physioc, Dave Lapham and Jim Knox)

Radio: Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen)

Internet: okstate.com

Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 113 and XM Channel 231

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The Last Road

The Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-1/5-1) close the 2010 road schedule when they travel to Lawrence this weekend for a renewal of their series with the Kansas Jayhawks. Kickoff is set for 11:10 a.m. on FSN. OSU will end the regular season next week when it hosts Oklahoma.

 

Breakfast With The Cowboys

Oklahoma State will be participating in its third pre-lunch kickoff off the season when it visits Lawrence. The Cowboys picked up wins at Kansas State and at home against Baylor in games that began prior to noon. OSU opened the season with five straight night games.

 

TV Talk

At the end of the regular season, including next week’s Bedlam game on ABC and a bowl trip, Oklahoma State will have made 11 television appearances for the second straight year. In 2005, Mike Gundy’s first year at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys appeared on TV just three times.

 

Did You Know?

Only once since 1989 has Oklahoma State defeated Kansas and Kansas State in the same season. The last Sunflower Sweep came in 2003 when the Cowboys picked up a 38-34 win over Kansas State and knocked off Kansas by a 44-21 score.

 

Seeking Sunflowers After The Lone Star?

The Cowboys are attempting a Sunflower State sweep this weekend by beating Kansas and Kansas State in the same season. The challenge comes one week after OSU put the wraps on a Texas Grand Slam. For the first time since the Big 12 was formed, OSU has gone 4-0 against the league’s Texas schools. The win at Texas last week completed the 4-0 run against the Longhorns, Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Tech.

 

A Win At Kansas Would Mean…

The Cowboys head to Lawrence hot on the trail of history. A win at Kansas would mean:

• Oklahoma State would clinch its first 10-win season since 1988 and just the fourth ever.

• OSU would have 10 wins during the regular season for the first time in school history.

• OSU would have just the second six-win conference season in school history and its second in a row.

• The Cowboys would complete an undefeated road schedule for the first time since 1945.

• OSU would clinch at least a share of its first Big 12 South title, although a win would not clinch a spot in the Big 12 title game without some help.

 

Road Success In The Books

The Cowboys head to Lawrence with a perfect 4-0 road record in 2010 and a four-game road winning streak overall. That streak and the road wins are significant in several ways:

• The Cowboys last won four road games in the same season in 1997 as Bob Simmons’ Alamo Bowl team went 4-1 away from home with the loss a double-overtime decision at Texas A&M.

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

• Over the last two years, Oklahoma State has gone 7-1 on the road. OSU is 10-3 on the road since the beginning of the 2008 season.

 

Road Possibilities

Oklahoma State will be trying to tie a school record at KU when it attempts to win five road games in the same season for just the third time in school history. Jimmy Johnson’s 1983 Cowboys were 5-1 on the road (but just 2-3 at home). OSU also won five road games in 1945. The current Cowboys will try to match the 1945 group as the only OSU teams to post 5-0 road records. OSU has gone undefeated on the road just three times in school history (1911, 1944, 1945).

 

Running Through The Road Blocks

Regardless of the outcome at Kansas, the road portion of 2010 has already been historic:

• Oklahoma State won at Texas Tech for the first time since 1944.

• Oklahoma State won at Texas for the first time since 1944 (and for just the second time ever).

• Oklahoma State won at Kansas State for the first time since 1988.

 

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 34 of the last 38 weeks. OSU is 19-9 as a member of the AP top 25 under Mike Gundy. At No. 12 (for the second straight week), 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’ 34th 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. Nine 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 its first 10-win season since 1988 with a team that was forecast for six wins or less by virtually every summer expert.

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 fourth leading rusher and is among the NCAA leaders in all-purpose yards and scoring.

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

Brandon Weeden is third in America in total offense and the trigger man for America’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 45 tackles and 10 passes defended.

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

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

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

• Corner Andrew McGee leads the Big 12 and is No. 10 nationally with five interceptions.

 

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 403 pass attempts.

• OSU leads the nation in total offense and is third nationally in scoring.

• The Cowboys are No. 30 in rushing yards and the team averages 5.11 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 Detroit Lions, ended his career with 1,858 rushing yards.

 

Winning Numbers

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

• For the first time in school history, Oklahoma State has won at least nine games in three straight seasons.

• 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.

• OSU has won 27 games over the last three years. It’s the most wins in school history over any three-year period.

 

Most Wins Over Three Years

2008-09-10        27

1986-87-88        26

2002-03-04        24

1984-85-86        24

1930-31-32        24

 

The 10 Spot

Oklahoma State is 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. Another win this season will clinch OSU’s first 10-win season since 1988 and just the fourth in the history of the school. OSU has never been 10-1.

 

10-Win Cowboy Teams

Year      Record  Bowl

1984     10-2      Gator

1987     10-2      Sun

1988     10-2      Holiday

 

The Series

The Oklahoma State-Kansas series is in a 29-29-2 deadlock as the schools prepare for their first meeting since 2007. Kansas was a 43-28 winner in the last meeting (2007 in Stillwater) as the Jayhawks were making their run to the Orange Bowl. That win by KU ended a five-game winning streak by the Cowboys over KU. The series has been streaky since it began back in 1923.

• Kansas won nine of the first 11 meetings from 1923 to 1952.

• From the beginning of the series through1968, the Jayhawks held a 21-6 advantage, including a pair of seven-game winning streaks.

• The series flipped in 1969 with the Cowboys dominating through 1989. OSU went on an 18-1-2 run and with the ties included, OSU went undefeated against Kansas over a 17-year period from 1973 through 1989 (Kansas later forfeited a tie in 1980).

• The Jayhawks turned the tables again in 1990 and won six in a row through 1995 (the last six years of the Big Eight Conference).

• OSU bounced back with a five-game winning streak that was snapped in the last meeting (2007).

• The Cowboys are 5-1 vs. Kansas during the Big 12 era.

• Oklahoma State is 13-2-1 in Lawrence since 1969.

• The Cowboys last lost at KU in 1994.

• Overall, OSU is 16-15-1 in Lawrence.

 

Last Meeting

It was a highly entertaining game in Stillwater but the fifth-ranked Jayhawks benefited from four turnovers, including a muffed punt late in the game, in their 43-28 win.

• The OSU cause was hurt early when All-America candidate Adarius Bowman was lost to injury. That set the stage for true freshman receiver Dez Bryant to make an impact and he responded with an OSU freshman record of eight catches for 155 yards, including an 18-yard TD reception.

• The Cowboys bounced back from a 33-14 deficit to pull within 33-28 early in the fourth quarter. KU, however, responded with an 89-yard TD drive to regain control. True freshman Kendall Hunter ran for six yards on two carries in a brief appearance.

 

Last Time In Lawrence

In what is viewed as a critical game in the development of Mike Gundy’s program, Oklahoma State got off the deck from a 17-0 third-quarter deficit to post a 42-32 win over the Jayhawks on Oct. 14, 2006.

• It was a game in which junior receiver Adarius Bowman set a Big 12 record with 300 receiving yards (on 13 catches), including touchdown receptions of 55, 64 and 25 yards. Bowman’s game at KU still ranks No. 14 on the NCAA single-game receiving chart.

• Bobby Reid passed for 411 yards and accounted for six scores with five touchdown passes and a 29-yard TD run. OSU outgained Kansas by a 603-364 margin. The Cowboys scored all 42 of their points over the last 23:19 of the game.

 

Critical Win

If there is one specific game that helped Mike Gundy re-direct his football program onto its current path, it was the Kansas game of 2006. Gundy entered the KU contest with a record of 7-9 overall. His Big 12 mark was 1-8 and under Gundy the Cowboys were 0-5 in Big 12 road games. The situation was further muddied by a loss at Kansas State the weekend before as OSU watched a 10-point lead with 4:25 remaining in the game evaporate into a loss. Thanks to the comeback win over Kansas, the Cowboys finished the regular season 6-6. OSU would go on to make its first bowl appearance under Gundy and pick up its first bowl win since 1988 (Independence Bowl win over Alabama).

 

High On The Hawks

For reasons that defy logic, Oklahoma State has recorded some of the best team and individual performances in school history against Kansas:

• Oklahoma State reached a school-record of 717 yards in total offense against Kansas in 1988. That record stood until this season when the Cowboys passed it twice (725 vs. Baylor and 722 against Tulsa).

• OSU also set a first-down record in 1988 with 35 against the Jayhawks.

• The third-best passing day in school history was the 429 yards OSU reached in 2007 when it last visited Lawrence.

• OSU’s 536 rushing yards against Kansas in 1988 remains the second best total in school history.

• OSU allowed no passing yards against Kansas in 1958.

• Barry Sanders tied a school record with a 100-yard kickoff return vs. KU in 1987.

• Sanders also set a school record with five rushing touchdowns against Kansas in 1988.

• The longest field goal in OSU history is a 56-yarder by Larry Roach vs. Kansas in 1981.

• One of the oldest records remaining in the OSU books is Alex Lloyd’s 16 catches vs. KU in 1949.

• The school record for receiving yards in a game is the 300 by Adarius Bowman vs. KU in 2006.

• The school record for PATs is nine by Cary Blanchard vs. Kansas in 1988.

 

Connections

As usual in the Big 12, there are several connections between the competitors:

• OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young held the same position at Kansas from 2002 through 2007 and was coordinator for KU’s most recent Orange Bowl team.

• Jermial Ashley, a graduate assistant for OSU football, played for Young at Kansas.

• KU co-offensive coordinator Darrell Wyatt was at OSU in 2001 as receivers coach.

• Lee Fobbs, director of high school relations for Kansas football, is the father of former Oklahoma State running back Jamal Fobbs.

• Jayhawk defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt held the same duties at OSU in 1996.

• OSU recruiting coordinator Johnny Barr coached at Kansas in 2001 (linebackers).

 

Other Connections

Away from the football field there are several other connections between OSU and Kansas.

• KU head basketball coach Bill Self played and coached at Oklahoma State.

• Barry Hinson and Kyle Keller, also on the basketball staff, are both OSU graduates.

• KU assistant AD for media relations Chris Theisen attended OSU and associate director of media relations Mike Strauss is a former OSU staff member.

• Kansas pitching coach Ryan Graves played on Oklahoma State’s 1996 College World Series team and was 10-2 as a pitcher.

 

The Gundy Record

Oklahoma State has now climbed to 45-28 under head coach Mike Gundy. Gundy began his head coaching career with a 12-15 start, but OSU has gone 33-13 since then. The Cowboys are 28-9 over the 37 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     5-1       .833

 

Texas Rewind

Oklahoma State is coming off an impressive showing at Texas as OSU jumped to a 26-3 halftime lead, a 33-3 advantage after three quarters and cruised to a 33-16 victory while winning in Austin for the first time since 1944 and for just the second time ever.

• OSU became the first team this season to win the total offense battle vs. Texas as the Cowboys outgained the Longhorns by a 532-358 advantage.

• In the decisive first half, OSU held Texas to just 133 total yards.

• Oklahoma State gained 308 yards in the first half against a Texas defense that entered the game fifth nationally, allowing just 267 yards per game.

• Seven OSU receivers had a reception of at least 18 yards.

• OSU committed just four penalties with two coming on the game’s opening drive.

Brandon Weeden broke the 400-yard passing mark for the second straight game and became the first Cowboy with three 400-yard passing games in his career. Weeden accomplished the feat against the nation’s second-ranked pass defense.

Kendall Hunter and Justin Blackmon were again over 100 yards each at their positions and accounted for three touchdowns.

 

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. The Cowboys generated 725 yards against Baylor to break the school record of 722 it set against Tulsa in the fourth week of the season. 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 Kansas game leading the nation in total offense with 547.5 yards per game.

 

OSU Total Offense in 2010

Opponent                   Yards       Per Play

Washington State        544          6.7

Troy                           522          6.9

Tulsa                          722          9.4

Texas A&M                 351          5.2

La-Lafayette               492          5.9

Texas Tech                 581          7.0

Nebraska                    495          6.97

Kansas State              511          6.7

Baylor                        725*        8.8

Texas                         532          7.1

*School record

 

NCAA Total Offense Leaders

1. Oklahoma State      547.5

2. Oregon                   542.2

3. Nevada                   542.1

4. Boise State             530.2

5. Michigan                 421.8

 

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 10 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. 547.2            2010

2. 515.2            1988

3. 487.7            2008

4. 486.3            2007

 

Taking On The Top 10

Oklahoma State has proven that its offense is capable of moving against the best defenses in the country. OSU was impressive against two top 10 defenses.

• Nebraska entered the Oklahoma State game with the nation’s ninth-ranked defense, allowing just 274.3 yards per game. OSU generated 495 yards against the Cornhuskers. Nebraska was also No. 9 in scoring, allowing just 14 points per game. OSU scored 41 in the loss.

• OSU saw a higher rated defense last week as Texas was fifth in the country, allowing 267 yards per game. OSU gained 532 against the Longhorns. OSU had 308 yards at the halftime – 41 yards more than Texas allowed per game.

• Texas also entered the game with the nation’s second-ranked pass defense (allowing 132 yards per game). OSU went for 409 yards in the air.

 

The Other Side Of The Ball

While the Cowboy offense has been rising to the top of the nation’s total offense charts, a funny thing has been happening on the other end of the practice field – the Cowboy defense has been making strides under Bill Young. OSU enters the Kansas game ranked just No. 85 in total defense, allowing 407.8 yards per game. But consider:

• Over the last three Big 12 games, OSU has allowed just one touchdown and a total of 10 points in the first half. Kansas State scored seven, Baylor was shut out and Texas had just a field goal at intermission.

• Those same three schools averaged just 148 yards of total offense in the first half against OSU.

• During those same six quarters (the first half of the past three games), the Cowboys outscored the opposition by a 57-10 count.

• The Cowboy defensive statistics have also been a victim of the Cowboy offense. OSU has had several big leads this season and used that opportunity to clear the bench. In the process, an impressive statistical outing for the defense may have evolved into less than impressive numbers. Texas Tech ended the game with 401 yards, but had just 180 at halftime. Kansas State generated a total of 289 yards, but had 136 at halftime. Baylor ended the day with a healthy total of 464 yards. But OSU had limited the Bears to just 178 total yards by the time the Cowboy lead had been extended to 34-0 in the third period.

 

A TO Gained Is A TO Earned

Oklahoma State forced two more turnovers against Texas (an interception and a fumble) and has now climbed to fifth in America and tops in the Big 12 Conference in the “turnovers gained” category with 27. OSU 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 13 interceptions and 14 fumble recoveries in 2010. OSU has forced at least one turnover in every game this season, at least two in nine of the 10 games to date and three or more five times in nine games.

 

The INT-ersection

The Oklahoma State defense is No. 21 in the country in interceptions with 13 through 10 games. OSU was one of the last teams in the country to intercept a pass this season with no interceptions through the first two games of the season. Seven Cowboys have an interception in 2010 after six picked off passes all of last year. Senior corner Andrew McGee leads the Cowboys and the Big 12 Conference, and is 10th nationally with five interceptions. OSU has intercepted a pass in three straight games.

 

The Kiddie Corps

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.

 

A New Chapter

OSU has at least three and possibly four games remaining in 2010 and it appears the record book will be under assault by Brandon Weeden. Here’s a sampling:

• Weeden already owns the school’s single-season passing yardage mark with 3,391 through 10 games.

• He owns the most 300-yard passing games in school history (six), and the most 400-yard passing games (three).

• He owns the school record for single-game passing yards (435 vs. Baylor) and the school record for single-season completions (258) and single-game completions (34 vs. Baylor).

• Weeden needs just 352 yards to reach Zac Robinson’s school mark for single-season total offense (3,671).

 

Words For Weeden

Brandon Weeden has tossed himself into the thick of the all-Big 12 quarterback talk with his 2010 season: 

• He is tied for second nationally with 27 touchdown passes.

• His passing total of 3,391 yards leads the country.

• He is No. 11 nationally and tops in the Big 12 in passing efficiency with a rating of 159.36.

• He is third in the country and tops in the Big 12 with 331.9 yards of total offense per game.

• He has at least one TD pass in all 10 games this season.

• He is No. 12 in the country with 16.2 “points responsible for” per game.

• He is completing 67.2 percent of his passes.

 

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). The 2010 version of Brandon Weeden, Kendall Hunter and Justin Blackmon could vanquish all of those marks. The passing total is already gone with Weeden’s 3,391 yards to date. Hunter needs 199 yards to surpass his own total from 2008 and Blackmon is just 50 yards shy of Bryant’s total.

 

Still The Ones

Oklahoma State, for the fourth 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 1,356 rushing yards for Hunter and 1,430 receiving yards for Blackmon.

 

Bowling For Yardage

Senior receiver Bo Bowling might be playing the best football of his career. Against Kansas State and Baylor 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 three games, he has 21 catches for 256 yards.

 

Lemon In The Middle

OSU linebacker Orie Lemon continues to author an impressive senior season. He is third in the country with 7.8 solo tackles per game. In conference games, Lemon is second with 11.3 stops per contest. He had 14 tackles against Texas A&M and 17 at Texas Tech, and he is coming off a 13-tackle effort at Texas. Lemon is fourth in the Big 12 in tackles for loss with 1.33 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          158.89

J. Blackmon     TD Receptions                 1          16

J. Blackmon     Scoring                           1          12.00

J. Blackmon     Total Rec. Yards              1          1,430

J. Blackmon     Receptions/Game            2          9.33

J. Blackmon     All-Purpose Yards            6          168.22 ypg

D. Bailey          Scoring                           3          11.40 ppg

K. Hunter         Rushing                          4          135.60 ypg

K. Hunter         Rushing TDs                    2          16

K. Hunter         All-Purpose Yards            17         153.30 ypg

K. Hunter         Scoring                           10         9.60 ppg

O. Lemon         Solo Tackles                    3          7.8 pg

Q. Sharp          Punting                           2          46.91 avg

B. Weeden       Passing Yards                  1          3391

B. Weeden       TD Passes                       2          27

B. Weeden       Points Responsibility         12         16.20 ppg

B. Weeden       Passing Efficiency            11         159.36

A. McGee         Interceptions/Game         10         .50

 

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 and both have been named national semifinalists. Bailey is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award and Sharp is a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award.

 

Bailey’s Numbers

Dan Bailey dotted several mid-season All-America teams and he has continued his special season. He is 20-of-22 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). He holds the school record with 182 consecutive extra-point conversions (that streak ended with a block at Texas).

 

Bailey Tops The Charts

Dan Bailey passed Barry Sanders to take sole possession of first place on Oklahoma State’s career scoring chart when he converted a second-quarter point-after touchdown in the Cowboys’ 33-16 win at Texas. For his career, he has 335 points.

 

OSU Career Scoring Leaders

1.  Dan Bailey, K (2007-present)             335

2.  Barry Sanders, RB (1986-88)             330

3.  Cary Blanchard, K (1987-90)              315

4.  Larry Roach, K (1981-94)                   290

5.  Terry Miller, RB (1974-77)                  270

 

One More For Dan

Dan Bailey has tied another school record with 20 field goals this season. Bailey now shares that record with Cary Blanchard, who converted 20 field goals in 1988.

 

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 46.92 yards per boot.

• As a team, OSU is second nationally in net punting (41.36-yard average).

• For the season, Sharp has had 11 punts downed inside the 20 with just four touchbacks.

• On kickoffs, Sharp easily leads the nation with 46 touchbacks. To put that number in perspective, OSU’s opponents have just eight touchbacks against the Cowboys in 2010.

• He has 40 career punts of longer than 50 yards and 11 longer than 60.

 

The Blackmon Watch

The sophomore season being turned in by OSU receiver Justin Blackmon is becoming historical beyond the OSU record book. The Ardmore Plainview High product enters the Kansas game with 1,430 receiving yards. He has already set an OSU record with a touchdown reception in nine straight games and at least 100 receiving yards in nine straight games. His yardage total already represents the third best total in school history.

 

OSU Single-Season Receiving Yards

1. Rashaun Woods (2002)           1,695

2. Dez Bryant (2008)                  1,480

3. Justin Blackmon (2010)           1,430

 

OSU Single-Season Receptions

1. Rashaun Woods (2002)           107

2. Dez Bryant (2008)                  97

3. Justin Blackmon (2010)           84

 

OSU And “Other” Record Books

Justin Blackmon’s 17 touchdown receptions already rank him No. 19 on the NCAA’s single-season list. The national record is 27 by Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech. The Big 12 record is 22 by Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree in 2007.

 

One To Watch

Justin Blackmon is also closing in on a national record. The best receiving total by a sophomore is 1,672 yards by Larry Fitzgerald of Pittsburgh in 2003. Blackmon is 242 yards shy of that total. If the Cowboys play three more games, Blackmon would need to average 80.7 yards per game to re-set the NCAA mark.

 

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 nine 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.

 

An Interesting Streak

The obvious streak of the season is that Justin Blackmon has at least 100 receiving yards in every game he has played this season. He’s working on another streak as well. He has at least 100 receiving yards in the first HALF of each of the last three games in which he’s played (Nebraska, Baylor, Texas). That accomplishment came against two of the league’s best pass defenses in Nebraska and Texas.

 

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.

 

Doak, Too

Kendall Hunter has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, presented annually to the nation’s top running back. He’s a semifinalist for the second time in three seasons.

 

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 10 games tops his 2008 numbers. He enters the Kansas game as the fourth-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 Thru 10 Games

Year      Att        Yds       TD        Avg       YPG

2008     199       1332     13         6.7        133.2

2010     226       1356     16         6.0        135.6

 

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 1,300 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 1,300 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 3,989 rushing yards and fourth with 37 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 234 career points.

• Hunter averages an impressive 6.02 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)     19

 

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                       3,989

 

Cashing In

Oklahoma State is third nationally in red zone offense with points on 45 of its 48 chances. In actuality, the Cowboys have scored on 45 of 47 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 19 rushing touchdowns, 13 passing touchdowns and 13 field goals.

 

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.

 

 


 

 

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