Oklahoma State Clinches Share of Big 12 Conference Championship
Cowboys earn first shared title since 1976
OSU faces Oklahoma on Dec. 3 for the Big 12 Championship
Nov. 20, 2011
Oklahoma State has clinched a share of the 2011 Big 12 Conference Championship. The Cowboys are 10-1 on the year and 7-1 in league play. OSU will have an opportunity to win its first outright championship Dec. 3 against in-state rival Oklahoma. The Cowboys have earned its first shared conference title since 1976.
The Cowboys earned a share of the 1976 Big Eight Championship under head coach Jim Stanley. OSU was 9-3 that season with a 5-2 league record. The Cowboys won their last four games that season including a 49-21 victory over BYU in the Tangerine Bowl.
The OSU program has reached new highs in 2011 and all the goals originally set prior to the season are still alive for the Cowboys. OSU is nationally ranked in the top 10 in every major poll. The Cowboys are coming off a heart breaking loss at Iowa State but have two weeks to prepare for a monumental game with in-state rival Oklahoma on Dec. 3. Set your calendars for a Bedlam showdown at 7 p.m. CT inside Boone Pickens Stadium.
The 2011 has a been a season of firsts for OSU. Here is a list of accomplishments to this point.
Clinched a share of the Big 12 conference title - first time since 1976
10-1 overall record - including a school record 10-0 start
7-1 in Big 12 play - 7-0 conference start for first time in school history
11-game winning streak - second longest in school history
Highest BCS ranking (2nd) in school history
Highest National Ranking in School History (2nd)
39 wins over last 3 1/2 years
National Coach of the Year Nominee
7 league wins is an Oklahoma State record
9 Student-Athletes Named Academic All-Big 12
Lead the nation in turnovers gained
Top 5 nationally in Scoring, Total Offense, Passing and First Downs
Second time in school history OSU has 10 wins in regular-season
Won 10 games in two straight seasons for first time since 1987-88
Second time in school history with 20 or more wins in two-year period (1987-88)
9 wins in four straight season for first time in school history
29 consecutive appearances in the BCS standings, tied for second in the FBS
Ranked among Top 10 nationally throughout the season
Highest associated press ranking (2nd) in school history
Set New Single-game attendance record vs. Kansas State
Five of the largest crowds in school history
Set new records for most points in a game (70), most touchdowns (10), most points in a half (56), most points in a quarter (35)
First team to beat Texas in Austin back-to-back years since 1910
3 wins over Top 25 Opponents (Texas A&M, Texas, Kansas State)