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Nov. 18, 2012
No. 22/21 Oklahoma State at No. 14/13 Oklahoma
Nov. 24, 2012 :: 2:30 p.m. CT :: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (82,112 cap.)
TV: ESPN (Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell and Maria Taylor)
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen)
National Radio: ESPN Radio (Talent TBA)
Satellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 117, XM Ch. 190
The Final Road Swing
Oklahoma State is on the road for the final two games of the 2012 regular season, beginning Saturday in Norman where the Cowboys will battle the Oklahoma Sooners in a renewal of The Bedlam Series. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. The regular season concludes Dec. 1 at Baylor.
ESPN will televise Saturday's game with Bob Wischusen calling the action, Danny Kanell providing analysis and Maria Taylor reporting from the sidelines.
Oklahoma State will be trying to knock off a member of the Associated Press top 25 in two straight games. Last week the Cowboys picked up a 59-21 win over No. 23 Texas Tech in Stillwater. The Cowboys defeated ranked opponents in consecutive games to close the 2011 season with a Dec. 3 win over No. 13 Oklahoma and a Jan. 2 victory over No. 4 Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl. However, OSU hasn't beaten top 25 opponents in consecutive weeks since 1976 when Jim Stanley's Big Eight championship team defeated No. 5 Oklahoma and No. 10 Missouri on Oct. 23 and Oct. 30.
Back In The Association
Oklahoma State enters the Bedlam game No. 22 in the Associated Press poll. OSU takes the field as a member of the AP top 25 for the first time since it was ranked No. 18 heading into the Arizona game on Sept. 8.
Under Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State is 33-11 when ranked in the AP poll.
Oklahoma State is ranked for the 47th time in its last 59 games.
OSU is 6-2 in its last eight games against the AP top 25.
Mike Gundy is 13-16 against ranked opponents.
Oklahoma State is 18-81-7 all-time against Oklahoma. The Cowboys are coming off their first victory in the series since 2002.
During the Big 12 era, Oklahoma State is 6-11 vs. Oklahoma.
The Cowboys won in Norman in 2001, but have lost four straight at OU since then.
Oklahoma State is 3-5 in its last eight trips to Norman.
OSU hasn't played at Oklahoma since 2009.
Oklahoma State has scored 40-plus points against Oklahoma just five times ever. Three of those 40-point games have come in the last four meetings.
Last year's 44-point output against the Sooners was the highest total by the Cowboys against OU since 1945 when Oklahoma A&M picked up a 47-0 victory over the Sooners.
OSU has scored 85 points in the last two games against the Sooners.
The 10 points Oklahoma scored last year in Stillwater was the lowest output by the Sooners in the series since OSU's 30-7 win in 1997.
It is not surprising that there are several connections between the state's two largest universities...
OSU head coach Mike Gundy's younger brother is Cale Gundy, the OU running backs coach.
Oklahoma's Director of Sports Enhancement, Jerry Schmidt, spent 1988-1989 at Oklahoma State as the director of strength and conditioning.
OSU's Director of Recruiting is Johnny Barr, who is a former Oklahoma player and coach.
Reed Case, the director of OU's on-campus recruiting, was a football operations staff member at OSU in 2007-2008.
Wes Edwards, OSU's equipment coordinator, is an OU alum and a former OU staffer.
Many former high school teammates will be reuniting in the Bedlam game:
Tulsa Washington produced OSU defensive starters Shamiel Gary and Calvin Barnett, and Oklahoma's Daniel Seibert.
OSU running back Corey Bennett and OU offensive lineman Dylan Hartsock are from Choctaw.
OSU receiver David Glidden and OU lineman Bronson Irwin are from Mustang.
Owasso will be represented by OSU's Brandon Webb and John Goodlett, and OU's Aaron Colvin.
OSU receiver Austin Hays is a former teammate of OU's Trevor and Connor Knight at San Antonio Reagan High School.
OSU's Deion Imade and OU's Grant Bothun are from Rowlett (Texas) High School.
Cowboy center Jake Jenkins and OU defensive back Lamar Harris are from Gilmer, Texas.
Fort Worth Dunbar High School produced OSU's Ashton Lampkin and Nick Rockwell, as well as OU's Rashon Favors.
OSU linebacker Ryan Lester and OU's Stacy McGee are from Muskogee.
OSU receiver Nate Miller and OU's Javon Harris are from Lawton MacArthur High School.
Tulsa Union produced OSU's Tracy Moore and Jeremy Smith, and OU's Tress Way.
OSU's Nico Ornelas and Jeremiah Tshimanga, and OU's Nick Hodgson, are from North Richland Hills, Texas.
OSU's Cody Peterson and OU's Kenny Stills are from La Costa Canyon High School in Encinitas, Calif.
OSU's Michael Reichenstein and OU's Chuka Ndulue are from Jesuit College Prep in Dallas.
OSU running back Steve Sumpter and OU's Mike Onuoha are from Edmond Santa Fe.
OSU's Lane Taylor and OU's Danzel Williams are from Arlington Martin High School in Arlington, Texas.
Oklahoma State was a 44-10 winner in last year's Bedlam game. The victory clinched OSU's first Big 12 championship and the school's first BCS appearance.
It was the only game in the two-year career as OSU's starter in which Brandon Weeden did not throw a touchdown pass. Oklahoma State jumped to a 24-3 halftime lead and a 44-3 advantage late in the third period before cruising to the victory.
OSU had a 5-1 turnover advantage and outgained OU, 495-358.
Joseph Randle had a big game with 151 rushing yards and two TDs on 19 carries, and four catches for 31 yards.
Jeremy Smith had TD runs of nine and 37 yards as part of his 119 rushing yards.
The Cowboys ran for 278 and passed for 217.
Last year's win was big for Oklahoma State as the Cowboys picked up a victory in a game that has become one of the biggest of the Big 12 season over the past several years. For example...
The Cowboys were still in national championship play entering the 2011 Bedlam game, and OU was still alive for a share of the league title as well as a BCS appearance.
In 2010, OSU and OU met with an appearance in the Big 12 championship game on the line. The two state schools eventually shared the Big 12 South title with Texas A&M with OU moving to the championship game utilizing the Big 12 tiebreaker system.
In 2009, Oklahoma State was playing for an at-large BCS invitation when the No. 11 but injury-riddled Cowboys lost at Oklahoma.
The 2008 Bedlam meeting was the first in which both schools entered the game with at least nine wins.
Both schools have been ranked heading into the Bedlam game every year since 2008 with the exception of the 2009 season when No. 11 OSU lost to an unranked Oklahoma team.
Texas Tech Recap
Oklahoma State is coming off one of its most impressive and complete wins of the season. In a 59-21 victory over Texas Tech, Oklahoma State scored 45 points in the second and third periods, won the turnover battle 3-0, and held the nation's top passing offense in check.
The Cowboy defense allowed just seven second-half points and those came in mop-up duty with Tech scoring with just 2:51 left in the game.
The defense had two interceptions, 11 tackles for loss, three sacks and a fumble recovery.
The Cowboy special teams blocked two punts, both by Zack Craig, and returned one for a score. They also got a 51-yard field goal from Quinn Sharp.
The OSU offense averaged 7.4 yards per play.
Texas Tech managed just 99 rushing yards on 34 attempts for an average of 2.9 per try.
The Red Raiders were just 5-of-15 on third down conversion attempts.
Isaiah Anderson caught four passes covering 174 yards with three touchdowns.
OSU completed just 12 passes, but those connections covered 231 yards to compliment OSU's 256 rushing yards.
Prior to scoring on its last possession, Texas Tech's second half included an interception, a fumble and four punts.
Safety Shamiel Gary and tackle James Castleman picked up their first career interceptions.
Sophomore Lyndell Johnson had two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Ryan Simmons had seven tackles, including three for loss.
A Texas Tech team that averaged three punts per game, punted eight times vs. OSU to go with three turnovers.
Oklahoma State had 15 plays of at least 15 yards, seven plays in excess of 20 yards and four players longer than 30 yards.
Top 25 History
Oklahoma State's 59-21 win over Texas Tech represents the school's third largest margin of victory over a top 25 opponent, trailing only the 1988 Holiday Bowl win over No. 15 Wyoming (62-14) and the 1988 win over No. 12 Arizona State (45-3).
We Like Ike
Isaiah Anderson, one of the fastest Cowboys on the roster, has suffered through a senior season that has included a major hand injury at Kansas. As a result, he entered the Texas Tech game with 2012 totals of just 10 catches for 123 yards. Against Texas Tech, he took out his frustrations with 174 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
Anderson began the day with a 26-yard run from scrimmage.
He ended the day with touchdown catches of 60, 33 and 66 yards.
He averaged 43.5 yards per catch.
It was the 17th best single-game receiving total in OSU history.
He became the fifth OSU player this season to record a 100-yard receiving game and he accomplished the feat in the first half.
Against Tech, Anderson became the sixth Cowboy this season to score at least two touchdowns in a game.
Oklahoma State entered the season with some experienced receivers who have suffered injuries and some inexperienced receivers who have had some big games.
Isaiah Anderson is the third OSU receiver this season to score at least three touchdowns in a game. Tracy Moore had four TD grabs at Arizona and Josh Stewart had two receiving TDs and a rushing touchdown against West Virginia.
Charlie Moore had a receiving touchdown in five straight games. That streak was snapped against Texas Tech.
Oklahoma State has had a 100-yard receiver in five straight games.
Century Mark Times Five
For the first time in school history, OSU has had five different players record 100-yard receiving games in the same season with Charlie Moore, Josh Stewart, Blake Jackson, Tracy Moore and Isaiah Anderson all accomplishing the feat. In fact, Jackson and Charlie Moore have reached the 100-yard mark twice in 2012 while Stewart has done it three times.
Describing The Defense
Texas Tech entered the Oklahoma State game as one of America's top offensive teams. Here's a before and after snapshot:
The Texas Tech offense was No. 10 nationally averaging 506 yards per game. Against OSU, the Red Raiders managed 383 yards of offense.
The Texas Tech offense was No. 18 nationally in scoring with 38.7 points per game. Against the Cowboys, Tech managed 21 points, including a touchdown in the game's final three minutes.
Texas Tech entered the game with the nation's top passing offense, averaging 370 yards per game. The Red Raiders passed for 284 yards against OSU.
Oklahoma State and Oklahoma have two of the nation's most potent offenses. However, the Cowboys allow just 25.4 points per conference game to rank third in the league. Oklahoma is second at 25.0 per Big 12 game.
Topping The Charts
Against Big 12 competition, Oklahoma State's defense allows 5.3 yards per play. That mark is the best in the Big 12 Conference.
At The Box Office
The Texas Tech game concluded the home season at OSU and thanks in part to another new season ticket sales record at OSU (48,876), OSU had its second best year in school history at the turnstiles. For its seven home dates, OSU averaged 56,557 fans. That average is just 652 below the record of 57,229 set last season.
The 2012 home season is now in the books and OSU is 12-1 at Boone Pickens Stadium since the beginning of the 2011 season. That record is the best over two years for OSU since the 1931 and 1932 teams went 11-0-1 at home.
Oklahoma State is 1-2 on the road this season with losses at Arizona and Kansas State and a win at Kansas. The Cowboys will be looking to build upon their recent history as one of the Big 12 Conference's best teams away from home. Oklahoma State is 15-4 in its last 19 road games, including a 13-3 record in its last 16 conference road trips.
Big 12 Roll
OSU has been one of the Big 12 Conference's best teams since 2008. Oklahoma State is 5-2 in Big 12 play in 2012.
OSU has won 16 of its last 21 Big 12 games, 19 of its last 24, 22 of its last 28 and 24 of its last 32.
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 34-14 against the league, raising Gundy's overall Big 12 mark to 38-26.
Big 12 Numbers
Over the last two seasons, as Oklahoma State has gone 13-3 against the Big 12, the Cowboys have been a tough out in Big 12 play. OSU's conference wins have been by an average of 24.6 points and the losses have been by an average of 8.3 points.
Seniors With Class
Regardless of what the remaining games have in store for the current Cowboys, the 2012 senior class will go down as one of the most successful in school history. Entering the Oklahoma game, the seniors have a cumulative record of 39-10. That win total is the second best mark ever at OSU, behind only last year's group, which won 41 games. By winning all of its remaining games, the current class of seniors would eclipse that total to set a new school record.
Seniors Again Next Year
A pair of Cowboys who will not be departing the program as seniors are receiver Tracy Moore and running back Kye Staley. Both of those student-athletes are planning to return next year. Moore suffered an injury at Kansas and qualifies for a redshirt season. Staley has been awarded a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA after losing two seasons to injury early in his career.
By The Numbers
If Kye Staley and Tracy Moore return to Oklahoma State next season, it would mean that the three touchdowns scored by Isaiah Anderson against Texas Tech are the only three 2012 touchdowns that won't return for the 2013 season.
Last Week's Win
Oklahoma State's victory over Texas Tech helped Oklahoma State...
Reach the seven-win mark for the seventh straight season to continue a school record.
Reach five conference wins for a fifth straight season to continue a school record.
Assure itself of a plus-.500 conference season for a fifth straight season. That streak ties a school record set in 1984 through 1988.
Guarantees OSU a seventh straight winning season for the first time in school history.
Another Win Would...
Another victory in the 2012 regular season would...
Give Oklahoma State eight wins in five straight seasons for the first time ever.
Give Oklahoma State at least six conference wins for a fourth straight season to continue a school record.
Give Oklahoma State 49 wins over the last five seasons, 40 wins over the last four seasons and 31 wins over the last three seasons.
The Turnover Story
Oklahoma State won the turnover battle against Texas Tech by a 3-0 count. In OSU's three losses, the Cowboys have lost the turnover battle, 10-1. In the Cowboys' seven victories, Oklahoma State has won the cumulative turnover battle by a 12-10 count.
Nifty at 50
Oklahoma State enters the Oklahoma game third nationally in scoring with 45.4 points per game after totaling 114 points against its last two conference opponents. The new surge in points comes on the heels of five straight games below 40 points for the Cowboys. In 99 games under Mike Gundy, OSU has...
Scored at least 30 points in 70 games
Scored at least 40 points in 40 games
Scored at least 50 points in 22 games
Scored at least 60 points in eight games
Scored at least 70 points twice
Scored at least 80 points once
Door Number Three
Clint Chelf became the third Cowboy to start and win a Big 12 game this season against West Virginia and Texas Tech as injuries have forced the Cowboys into team mode behind center. He has responded with stellar games.
His lone turnover as a starter came on a pass that was deflected off the hands of an OSU wideout against West Virginia.
Since taking over for an injured Wes Lunt in the Kansas State game, Chelf is 49-of-79 through the air with eight touchdowns, two interceptions and 754 yards.
Chelf also rushed for 40 yards against Texas Tech.
Walsh Is Back
Along with Clint Chelf, Oklahoma State redshirt freshman J.W. Walsh returned against Texas Tech in special situations. He rushed six times for three yards (including a sack) with a two-yard touchdown run. He also tossed a two-yard TD pass to Kye Staley to start the Cowboy scoring.
Starting With Starts
Against Texas Tech, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Devin Davis became the 18th Cowboy this season to make his first career start. OSU has started eight different offensive linemen, eight different receivers and three different quarterbacks. On the other side of the ledger...
OSU's defense has nine players who have started every game.
Brodrick Brown leads OSU with 37 consecutive starts.
Offensive lineman Lane Taylor leads OSU in total starts with 46.
The last time the Cowboys fought the revolving door at quarterback was back in 2005, during Mike Gundy's first year as the OSU head coach. During that season, Donovan Woods started two games at quarterback before being moved to defense, where he became a multi-year starter. Bobby Reid started five games and Al Peña started four games in `05. Peña and Reid both saw action in seven games during the season.
The Stewart File
Regardless of the quarterback behind center, Josh Stewart continues to be the receiver of choice for OSU. He had a career game against West Virginia. His 13 catches tied for the second most in a game in school history. His 172 receiving yards set a new career high and is the 21st best single-game total in school history, and he added a 46-yard rushing touchdown for a score to go with his two touchdown catches.
Stewart already has the eighth best single-season receptions total in school history with 73.
He enters the Oklahoma game 10th in the country with 7.3 catches per game.
Over the last five games, he has 44 catches covering 492 yards.
He has three 100-yard receiving games this season.
He leads OSU in catches (73) and receiving yards (857) and is tied for the lead in TD catches with five.
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 has a reception of at least 25 yards in seven games.
He is No. 30 nationally with 93.1 receiving yards per game.
Sophomore Slump Buster
Josh Stewart's 857 receiving yards rank fourth all-time among OSU's sophomore pass catchers. He trails only Justin Blackmon's school and NCAA record of 1,782 yards in 2010, Dez Bryant's 1,480 yards in 2008 and Rashaun Woods' 1,023 yards in 2001.
Hays Making Plays
In February, one of the last high school seniors added to the Cowboy recruiting class was Austin Hays. The freshman from San Antonio Reagan High School didn't grab the headlines, but he has become one of the most productive freshmen in the Cowboy class.
In his college debut, Hays had eight receptions for 77 yards with a touchdown against Savannah State, but injury and illness forced him to miss the next three games.
He returned to catch one pass for nine yards in the rain at Kansas and one for nine yards at home against Iowa State.
His lone reception against TCU went for 41 yards and set up a score.
His best game to date has been at Kansas State. He caught a 54-yard TD pass from Wes Lunt in a true-freshman-to-true-freshman connection and he ended the day with four catches for 81 yards.
He caught just three passes for 49 yards against West Virginia, but his 36-yard grab in the fourth quarter helped key a scoring drive that gave OSU a two-touchdown lead.
He leads the Cowboy freshmen with 19 catches covering 283 yards (14.8 yards per catch) and the two scores, despite playing in just seven games.
Hays and quarterback Wes Lunt are the only two true freshmen to start a game for the Cowboys in 2012. Hays has now started four straight games.
Jackson's Big Hits
Junior college transfer Blake Jackson has turned into a big-play machine for the youthful Cowboy offense as he averages 21.1 yards per reception. Through 10 games, Jackson has 25 catches, but they cover 580 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 party came at Arizona when he had seven catches for 105 yards.
Jackson has had a catch of at least 26 yards in five games.
Jackson's lone reception against West Virginia went for a 48-yard touchdown.
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's season numbers may not be dazzling by Cowboy standards with 29 catches covering 481 yards, but his continued development remains one of the bright storylines of the season.
Through the first five games of 2012, Moore had yet to reach a cumulative total of 100 receiving yards for the year. However, over the next six games, he had 441 receiving yards with five touchdowns. He saw limited playing time vs. Texas Tech due to injury.
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. Those two receptions are the longest of the year by the Cowboys.
He had a streak of five straight games with a TD snapped against Texas Tech.
As the Cowboys' 2012 season continues its stretch run, junior running back Joseph Randle has ascended into All-America territory. A look at Randle through 10 games:
He is the Big 12's leading rusher and No. 21 in the country, averaging 109 yards per game.
He is averaging 5.2 yards per carry in 2012 and has reached the 100-yard rushing mark in six of the season's 10 games. His six 100-yard rushing games lead the Big 12.
He is 10th among all active players with 36 career rushing touchdowns.
Randle has 36 career rushing touchdowns in 36 college games. The numbers are more impressive when considering he began his career as a backup to All-American Kendall Hunter.
He is fourth in the Big 12 Conference in all-purpose yards (127.1 yards per game), 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.
Joseph Randle has reached rare Cowboy air. His 2012 rushing total of 1,099 yards means he is just the sixth Cowboy to rush for 1,000 yards in more than one season. Randle ran for 1,668 yards as a sophomore.
Two-time All-American and 1977 Heisman Trophy runner-up Terry Miller leads all Cowboys with three 1,000-yard seasons.
The Cowboys with two 1,000-yard seasons include Thurman Thomas, David Thompson, Tatum Bell, Kendall Hunter and now Randle.
OSU has now had a 1,000-yard rusher for a sixth straight season and nine in the last 11 seasons.
A Look Around
Oklahoma State has reached the 600-yard mark four times in nine games, despite playing (and starting) three quarterbacks, including two freshmen.
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.
Oklahoma State enters the Bedlam third nationally in total offense (553.7), sixth in passing offense (337.0), 18th in rushing offense (216.7) and third in scoring (45.4 points per game).
Did You Know?
With just two regular season games remaining in 2012 Oklahoma State's current offense could finish the season as the most productive (yardage wise) in school history. The current Cowboys average 553.7 yards of offense per game. The school record for total offense per game was set last year with 545.8 yards per game.
The New Trend
Oklahoma State is trying to finish a third straight season with a total offense average in excess of more than 500 yards per game. Prior to 2010, that feat had only been accomplished once in school history. In 1988, with Mike Gundy at quarterback and Barry Sanders on his way to the Heisman, OSU averaged 515.2 yards of offense per game.
Top OSU Offenses
Season - YPG
1. 2012 - 553.7
2. 2011 - 545.8
3. 1988 - 515.2
Seconding the Motion
Oklahoma State's defense continues to be strong down the stretch of games. OSU has outscored its last five opponents after halftime, 102-37.
The Fourth Quarter
Over the last five games, OSU has allowed a total of 13 points in the fourth quarter and has outscored the opposition during that time, 51-13. The lone points allowed came on a pair of Kansas State field goals and on a Texas Tech touchdown with 2:51 remaining in a 59-14 game. On the two K-State scoring drives, the Wildcats covered just 27 yards of offense due to kick and punt returns that set them up deep in OSU territory. The Tech score is the only TD OSU has allowed in the fourth quarter since the Kansas game on Oct. 13.
Inside the Defensive Numbers
A closer looks at Oklahoma State's defensive numbers:
OSU has allowed scores on just 20 of the last 84 possessions. Those numbers include a one-yard scoring drive by West Virginia, and three scoring drives by Kansas State of less than 35 yards.
Over the last six games, OSU's opposition has converted just 38 times on 115 third and fourth-down conversion tries.
OSU ranks second in the Big 12, behind only TCU, in opponent third-down conversion percentage (32.95 percent).
Oklahoma State's 11 tackles for loss against Texas Tech lifted OSU to No. 22 nationally in that category with seven per game. That total is second in the Big 12 behind Texas (7.5).
The Circle of Trust
Oklahoma State has been a warm and nurturing place for quarterbacks. The Cowboy quarterbacks have been among the best-protected in the country during the Mike Gundy years at OSU. Despite three new starters on the offensive line in 2012, that trend is continuing.
Since the beginning of the 2007 season, the Oklahoma State offensive line has been among the most productive in the country.
Fewest Sacks Allowed (2007-2012)
1. Air Force - 46
2. Boise State - 57
3. Oklahoma State - 65
Two Minute Warnings
Oklahoma State has had a scoring drive of less than two minutes in 37 straight games. In fact, OSU has 38 scoring drives of less than two minutes through 10 games of 2012. The Cowboys also have 28 scoring drives of five plays or less.
Over the last four seasons, Oklahoma State has had a Ray Guy Award winner (Matt Fodge in 2008) and a Lou Groza Award winner (Dan Bailey in 2010). Current Cowboy punter/kicker/kickoff specialist Quinn Sharp is worthy of mention with those Cowboys.
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 45.1 yards per punt. That number would rank No. 10 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 Oklahoma game fifth in the country in that category with an average net of 41.2 yards. OSU has allowed just 86 punt return yards all season and has just two touchbacks and 13 punts downed inside the 20.
The NCAA's Best
For his career, Quinn Sharp averages 45.67 yards per punt. That number tops all active NCAA players.
Sharp at a Glance
He is a touchback machine on kickoffs. He already has 63 this season after leading the nation in that category each of the last three years.
Sharp is No. 4 nationally in scoring with 11.8 points per game.
Sharp's career field-goal percentage of 82.7 is fifth in the country.
Sharp is No. 8 all-time at OSU with 263 career points (tied with Luke Phillips).
Sharp has 66 career punts in excess of 50 yards, 17 that traveled 60 yards or further and four longer than 70 yards, including a 74-yarder vs. West Virginia.
Sharp leads the country with 2.10 made field-goals per game in 2012.
He has converted all 20 of his career field-goal attempts inside 30 yards.
Sharp has made 21 field goals this season. He had 22 in 13 games in 2011.
He had a string of 15 straight converted field goals snapped against Texas Tech. He did, however, tie a career long with a 51-yarder against the Red Raiders.
The Other Side Of Special Teams
Oklahoma State has a great special teams tradition with a long history of standout punters, placekickers and return men. Justin Gilbert's name is firmly implanted as part of that tradition. His 96-yard kick return for a touchdown against West Virginia was the fifth of his career. It's a new school record (breaking the old mark of Perrish Cox) and is tied for the most ever by a Big 12 return man with Brandon Banks of Kansas State.
Gilbert's five career kickoff returns for scores rank second among active players.
For his career he is averaging 27.8 yards per return for sixth among all active players with at least 15 games played.
He has 2,059 career return yards to rank second only to Cox and his 2,804.
Gilbert And His Friend
Justin Gilbert's 96-yard TD return against West Virginia came on the heels of Desmond Roland's 80-yard kickoff return for a score at Kansas State. It's the first time in history that OSU has returned a kickoff for a touchdown in consecutive games.
The Zack Attack
OSU junior safety blocked two punts against Texas Tech. It was the first time OSU had blocked two punts in the same game since the 2010 trip to Kansas. Craig picked up the second block and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. It was the first blocked punt returned for a score since Michael Harrison turned the trick in that same Kansas game of 2010.
Zack Craig's touchdown against Texas Tech was OSU's 17th non-offensive score since the beginning of the 2010 season (thanks to OSU radio voice Dave Hunziker, who first started tracking this statistic).
During that span, the Cowboys have four interceptions returns for scores (including two by linebacker Shaun Lewis).
OSU has six kickoff returns for scores during that time frame (five by Justin Gilbert and one by Desmond Roland).
Zack Craig, Justin Blackmon and Michael Harrison have each scored off blocked punts during the stretch.
Josh Cooper has a punt return for a touchdown.
Richetti Jones, Josh Stewart and James Thomas all scored on fumble returns.
Incidentally, OSU has three non-offensive TDs against Oklahoma in the last two games. Justin Gilbert has a kickoff return (2010), Shaun Lewis has an interception return (2010), and Richetti Jones has a fumble return.
The Young Influence
Oklahoma State has been one of the best teams in the country at 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 are second in the country in forced turnovers since 2009.
Turnovers Forced (2009-Present)
1. Oregon - 123
2. Oklahoma State - 122
3. Boise State - 120
4. Kent State - 117
4. Rutgers - 117
Oklahoma State has been one of America's most successful college football programs since the beginning of the 2008 season.
Since 2008, OSU has 48 wins, tied for ninth in the country.
Since 2009, OSU is eighth with a record of 39-10.
Since the beginning of the 2010 season, the Cowboys are seventh with a record of 30-6.
Since the start of 2011, OSU is 19-4 for the 10th best record in the country.
Gundy in Perspective
Head coach Mike Gundy is in his eighth season as head coach at his alma mater. He is 66-33 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 54-18 since then, including a 39-10 record since 2009 and 30-6 since the opening of 2010.
Gundy is now the winningest coach in school history with 66 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 seven 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 2012 Bedlam game will be Gundy's 100th as head coach.
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 helped led a young Cowboy team to a 7-3 record.
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, Oklahoma State is No. 16 nationally in passing efficiency (156.47), despite starting three different quarterbacks.
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.