Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Oklahoma State hired Mike Gundy seven years ago at age 37, the equivalent of coaching adolescence. He had started at quarterback for the Cowboys for four seasons and been an assistant coach there for 10 of the 15 years after his graduation. He was as orange and black as Pistol Pete, and also green.
"I look back," Gundy said, "and never would have hired me, knowing what I know now."
The arc of Gundy's success at his alma mater has yet to bend toward earth. He has won as many or more games in each season than the previous one, from four wins in 2005 to 11 and counting as No. 3 Oklahoma State prepares to play No. 4 Stanford in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Monday.
Gundy learns to trust his instincts by Ivan Maisel
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Weeden and Jordan Pratt can only chuckle now about their baseball connection.
The Oklahoma State quarterback and Stanford wide receiver spent a sweltering summer together in 2005 with the Class-A Columbus Catfish, the Los Angeles Dodgers' former minor league affiliate in Georgia. After practice or before games, they'd often take a break from baseball and play out another sports fantasy.
"He'd bring out a football every once in a while and throw me routes," Pratt said. "We'd always talk about, 'If baseball doesn't work out, we'll go back and play football.' Everybody else is like, 'Yeah right, that'll never happen.' And the two of us were kind of like in the back of our minds thinking,
'Yeah? We're going to do this if baseball doesn't work out.'"
They might be the only the ones not surprised by this rare Fiesta Bowl reunion.
Weeden, Oklahoma State's 28-year-old starting quarterback nicknamed "Grandpa" by students, dropped baseball in 2007 for the gridiron. Pratt, a freshman walk-on wide receiver at Stanford some call "The Professor," is just beginning his college career at age 26 after eight years in the minors.
Read the full AP story here
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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Monday, December 19, 2011
The Cowboy Way
Cowboys In The NFL
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Friday, December 16, 2011
Pictured (L-R): Markelle Martin, Wilson Youman, Mike Gundy, Richetti Jones, Kyle Hale.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The honors and awards continue to pour in for members of the Oklahoma State football team. This season, OSU set a record with six first team All-Americans and every team announced has multiple Cowboys listed. Its been a banner year for Oklahoma State and the Fiesta Bowl is still on the horizon. The Cowboys are 11-1 and Big 12 Champions for the first time in school history. OSU will go for a school-record 12 wins on Jan. 2 against Stanford in the BCS Fiesta Showdown.
2011 Oklahoma State Football All-Americans
WR Justin Blackmon
Walter Camp, First Team
American Football Coaches Association, First Team
Football Writers Association of America, First Team
Associated Press, First Team
The Sporting News, First Team
SI.com, First Team
CBSSports.com, First Team
ESPN.com, First Team
Rivals.com, First Team
Scout.com, First Team
OL Levy Adcock
American Football Coaches Association, First Team
Football Writers Association of American, First Team
Walter Camp, Second Team
Associated Press, Third Team
ESPN.com, First Team
CBSSports.com, First Team
SI.com, Second Team
Rivals.com, Second Team
S Markelle Martin
Associated Press, Second Team
SI.com, First Team
CBSSports.com, Second Team
Scout.com, Second Team
P/K Quinn Sharp
Football Writers Association of America, First Team Kicker
Associated Press, Third Team Kicker
Rivals.com, Second Team Punter
OL Grant Garner
Associated Press, Third Team
SI.com, First Team
CB Brodrick Brown
Associated Press, Third Team
SI.com, First Team
OL Lane Taylor
Scout.com, Second Team
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
So on Thursday night, Blackmon won the Fred Biletnikoff Award for the second year in a row.
Blackmon was accorded the honor, given to the nation's top receiver, during the College Football Awards show on ESPN.
"I'm overjoyed," Blackmon told host Chris Fowler. "It's a blessing to be up here and be up for the award again."
Blackmon is the second two-time winner, joining Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree, who won it in 2007 and '08.
Read more from this article at the Tulsa World
Thursday, December 8, 2011
The players are ready – all dressed to the nines. The presenters are dusting off their speeches, and our hard-working crew behind the scenes are in show time mode for the 21st installment of the The Home Depot College Football Awards (9 p.m. ET on ESPN). Presenters for this year’s event include five College Football Hall of Fame inductees and three former The Home Depot College Football Award winners. Tonight’s show will feature the live presentation of nine player awards; the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) Contribution to College Football Award to Roy Kramer; The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award; The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team; the Disney Spirit Award; and student-athletes selected to the Walter Camp All-America Team.
Complete List of Tonight's Award Show
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
For all the attention given to Dana Holgorsen's exit, it proved to be a non-story. Todd Monken stepped in and helped OSU score 49.3 points a game, nearly breaking Oklahoma's NCAA scoring record from back in 2008. Last season, the Cowboys scored just over 44 points a game. Joseph Randle stepped in perfectly for Kendall Hunter, and Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon were both outstanding, as expected.
ESPN.com - Season Recap
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Trophy was designed by Molina Fine Jewelers in 2002 for its unveiling at the 2003 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Championship Game, and has since become a primary addition to many Festival events.
The Fiesta Bowl trophies construction and significance is quite remarkable: The inlaid compass on the base floor signifies the path in life we choose to lead. The players at the base of the trophy depict those that support the team, while the players at the top depict those that guard the ball. The curtain above the players is inscribed with the ancient Greek word NIKE, the goddess of Victory. The lotus flower-designed dome identifies the purity of strength, power and heart of the victors. The perfection of the diamonds on the football speaks of the remarkable dedication of the winning team to its sport.
Trophy Facts and Information
Monday, December 5, 2011
The stadium was constructed with a retractable roof containing two large panels that retract to uncover the entire playing field. It also features a roll-out field consisting of a 152,000 square-foot concrete stadium floor with an embedded utility grid. The natural grass field remains in a retractable, 12-million pound tray outside the stadium until game day for maximum sun exposure and nourishment. The tray takes approximately 45 minutes to move inside the stadium and rests in a tray atop tracks as it rolls out on a steel wheel set powered by small electric motors.
The stadium has permanent seating for 63,000, but expands to hold approximately 73,000 for events such as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. A total of 88 luxury suites on two levels, club seating for 7,000 with access to private club lounge areas, lower bowl seating for 29,000 and upper deck seating for approximately 26,000 accommodate patrons. All seats are individual chairs with arm rests and cup holders.
Home of the Fiesta Bowl - University of Phoenix Stadium
For a school-record sixth consecutive season, the Oklahoma State Cowboy Football team is bowl eligible! With the Cowboys on the verge of another historic year under the leadership of head coach Mike Gundy, interest in the Cowboys is at an all-time high. The 2011 Big 12 Conference Champions will be heading to Glendale to take on the Stanford Cardinal in the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl!
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Sunday, December 4, 2011
The bowl picture came into focus after the announcement of the final Bowl Championship Series standings Sunday evening. Oklahoma State finished a school-best third in the BCS, narrowly missing making an appearance in the national championship game.
"We're very excited to represent the Big 12 Conference in the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl," said Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy. "This game has a strong reputation for its student-athlete experience, and it's a wonderful travel destination for our fans.
OSU Headed To 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Official Website of the Fiesta Bowl
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Levy Adcock - OL
- 2010 first-team All-Big 12...All-America candidate
Hubert Anyiam - WR
- Despite injuries, will end his career among OSU's all-time leading receivers
Jamie Blatnick - DE
- Three-year starter having his best season
Colton Chelf - WR
- Originally a walk-on who has become a contributor on record-setting offenses
Josh Cooper - WR
- One of the top receivers in OSU history
Jarrod Fields - DB
- Special teams contributor and a player favorite
Grant Garner - C
- Two-year starter and team's most underrated player
Kyle Hale - S
- Becoming a big special teams contributor
Ryan Howard - QB
- Completing his only season in Stillwater
Richetti Jones - DE
- Four-year contributor in his first year as a starter
Casey LaBrue - OL
- Has performed well as Garner's backup
Markelle Martin - S
- Ringleader of the Cowboy defense the past two seasons
Nick Martinez - OL
Versatile o-lineman who started at two different spots
Nehemiah Mundy - DB
- Transfer from UNLV
James Thomas - LB
- Playmaker for the defense and part-time starter
Brandon Weeden - QB
- Record-setting Cowboy
Wilson Youman - DL
- Contributor on both sides of the ball during his career
** Justin Blackmon - WR
- Record-setting Cowboy and 2010 Biletnikoff Award winner
** Blackmon has been with the OSU program for four years and will likely participate in the NFL draft this spring.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Bedlam - a scene or state of wild uproar and confusion.
The Bedlam matchup between #3 Oklahoma State and #10 Oklahoma Saturday has long been a must-see event with BCS hopes on the line. This year is no exception! The rivalry runs deep in the heart of Oklahomans and stretches all around the world. This photo was taken in Afghanistan by two OSU fans Stuart Cook (Stillwater native) and Jared Marsh.
Cowboy Football thanks all the military for their service and dedication to our country.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Can Oklahoma State catch No. 2 Alabama in the BCS standings?
The Pokes, who didn't play this past weekend, moved to No. 3 in the BCS standings released on Sunday night, after then-No. 3 Arkansas was walloped 41-17 at No. 1 LSU on Friday. The Cowboys still trail the Crimson Tide by .0839 points, which is a little bit less than last week's .1083-point deficit.
But if you look deeper into the BCS standings, you'll see that the Cowboys made even more progress in the Harris Poll and USA Today coaches' poll. A week ago, the Crimson Tide had a 748-point advantage over the Pokes in total votes in the two human polls. Alabama's lead was trimmed to 508 points this week, which is still a pretty big advantage with only one week to go in college football's regular season.
The human polls make up two-thirds of the BCS formula and a team's average in six computer polls make up the other one-third. The top two teams in the final BCS standings released on Dec. 4 will play in the Jan. 9 Allstate BCS National Championship Game in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
OSU In The Hunt For BCS Title Game
LSU (1.000) remained No. 1 in the BCS standings two days after whipping Arkansas, which slipped from No. 3 to No. 8.
Alabama (.955), fresh off trouncing rival Auburn, stayed at No. 2. The Tide, whose regular season is over, will watch LSU face Georgia in the SEC Championship Game this week.
Oklahoma State (.871) replaced Arkansas at No. 3, while No. 4 Stanford (.856) moved up to pass No. 5 Virginia Tech (.781).
Unbeaten Houston (.740), led by record-breaking quarterback Case Keenum, jumped two spots to No. 6, passing No. 7 Boise State (.703) and Arkansas (.700).
No. 9 Oregon (.686) passed No. 10 Oklahoma (.671) to round out the top 10.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
When Oklahoma State University recruited Mike Gundy to lead their football team as quarterback in the 1980s, few could have imagined he would lead the program to even greater heights as head coach over 20 years later.
Gundy wasted little time displaying his football skills and smarts once he donned the pads back in his playing days. Only midway through his freshman year, he took on the role of starting quarterback. While performing that job from 1986 to 1989, the former Midwest City Bomber helped prove that Oklahoma State could achieve great things on the gridiron even while shackled with the barnacles of inferior athletic facilities, perpetual coaching turnover, and sub-par commitment to the program from the university administration and donors.
Learning “How to Gundy!” in Stillwater
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
At times this season, Todd Monken’s offense at Oklahoma State has looked unstoppable. The Cowboys are averaging nearly 50 points per game. Through 11 games, they have 82 plays that went for over 20 yards (#2 in the nation). Even went they don't explode for big plays, it’s hard to stop them (#7 in 3rd down conversion %). Monken’s quarterback (who he also coaches) Brandon Weeden has completed 73 percent of his passes for 34 touchdowns and averages nearly 375 yards per game in the air. On the receiving end, Justin Blackmon has nearly 1,250 yards receiving and 15 TDs. Protection wise they are very sound as well, with the offensive line only allowing 1 per game. Oh, and on the ground, his top back is 30th in the nation in rushing. Solid.
Previous winners of the Offensive Coordinator of the Year award are Kevin Wilson (Oklahoma, 2008), Bryan Harsin (Boise State, 2009) and Gus Malzahn (Auburn, 2010).
FootballScoop.com - OC of the Year Nominations
There was the holder, Tony Romo, trying to call a timeout.
On the sidelines, Washington Redskins veteran coach Mike Shanahan tiptoed down the sideline calling one. The referees granted Shanahan his timeout as the play clock read zero.
The Dallas Cowboys avoided an embarrassing moment with Romo as the holder again.
And while this was getting sorted out, Dan Bailey, the rookie kicker, was waiting. When Bailey finally got his chance, he booted a game-winning 39- yard field goal in overtime to give the Cowboys a 27-24 victory over the Redskins.
The way Bailey is going -- 24 consecutive made field goals -- he might never miss.
ESPN.com Video - Bailey Hits the Game Winner for Dallas
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 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. It's the first shared conference title for OSU since 1976 and will have an opportunity to be named outright champions with a win on Dec. 3 against in-state rival Oklahoma. OSU has never won an outright conference title in school history.
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 Oklahoma State Football 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 10-1 and 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. OSU has already clinched a share of the Big 12 Conference title but win on Dec. 3 and it belongs to the Pokes.
The Cowboys are faced with adversity for the first time this season but it's how you respond that measures a teams true character. Expect the Oklahoma State program to persevere and continue to build on an already great season.
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)
- Top 10 road win in 2011 (Texas A&M)
- Top 25 road win in 2011 (Texas)
- Heisman Candidates (Brandon Weeden & Justin Blackmon)
- Fred Biletnikoff Award semifinalist (Justin Blackmon)
- Doak Walker Semifinalist (Joseph Randle)
- Jim Thorpe Semifinists (Markelle Martin & Brodrick Brown)
- Rimington Trophy Watch List (Grant Garner)
- Lou Groza Semifinalist (Quinn Sharp)
- Davey O’Brien Award Semifinalist (Brandon Weeden)
- Lott IMPACT Trophy Semifinalist (Brodrick Brown)
- First Back-to-Back wins vs. Texas Tech in Lubbock since 1942 and ‘44
- 10 straight road victories
- OSU scored 66 against the Red Raiders - Most ever allowed by Texas Tech
- Most points ever scored by OSU at Texas (38)
- Snapped Missouri’s 10-game home winning streak
- 9 straight wins against Texas members of the Big 12 Conference
- 11-1 against Big 12 Texas schools since 2009
On Saturday night (actually Sunday morning), driving from Waco to Dallas, I did the same. And came up with a scenario by which the Cowboys could be back in the Big Bowl.
That was the result of the Saturday Night Massacre. A day that began with North Carolina State’s upset of seventh-ranked Clemson continued into Saturday night, when Baylor stunned No. 5 Oklahoma and Southern Cal beat No. 4 Oregon. And suddenly, the BCS rankings released later Sunday likely are to look like this: 1. LSU; 2. Alabama; 3. Arkansas; 4. Oklahoma State; 5. Stanford.
OSU Still Controls Destiny
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
#2 Oklahoma State (10-0, 6-0) will play its 55th nationally televised game under head coach Mike Gundy Friday in Ames, Iowa, when the Cowboys face Iowa State (5-4, 2-4) at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN. OSU hopes to build upon its historic season and brings an 11-game winning streak into the contest. The Cowboys will be looking to go undefeated on the road for the second straight season and tie the school's all-time win record with 11 victories.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN by Joe Tessitore, Rod Gilmore and Samantha Steele. The game will also be broadcast on the Cowboy Radio Network with Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen calling the action.
Oklahoma State Game Notes vs. Iowa State
"We've played so well to this point, there's no reason to take someone for granted," said quarterback Brandon Weeden, who has emerged as a leading Heisman Trophy candidate heading into Friday night's contest between OSU (10-0, 7-0 in Big 12) and Iowa State (5-4, 2-4) in Ames, Iowa.
"We respect Iowa State. In college football today, if you overlook an opponent, bad things happen ... and all the goals we've set for ourselves are no longer attainable."
OSU, which secured the first 10-0 football record in school history with last week's 66-6 rout of Texas Tech, can clinch an opportunity to play Dec. 3 for a berth in the BCS National Championship Game by knocking off the Cyclones. But Iowa State, which had a bye last week, averages 183 rushing yards per game and leans on the contributions a dual-threat quarterback to make it happen.
Oklahoma State focused on perfection, BCS title game
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Former Oklahoma State standout Ugo Chinasa was signed to the practice squad Thursday by the Detroit Lions. Chinasa, who spent time with Carolina during the summer, is in his rookie season in the NFL.
He is joined in Detroit by two former OSU stars. First-round draft pick TE Brandon Pettigrew and OL Corey Hillard are on the active roster for the Lions this season.
Chinasa had 32 tackles for Oklahoma State in 2010, with 25 solo stops to lead OSU's down lineman in both categories. He had three sacks during his final season in Stillwater.
Current Cowboys In The NFL
- Dan Bailey (Dallas Cowboys)
- Billy Bajema (St. Louis Rams)
- Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys)
- Ugo Chinasa (Detroit Lions)
- Corey Hillard (Detroit Lions)
- Kendall Hunter (San Francisco 49ers)
- Charlie Johnson (Minnesota Vikings)
- Jacob Lacey (Indianapolis Colts)
- Orie Lemon (Dallas Cowboys)
- Ryan McBean (Denver Cowboys)
- Russell Okung (Seattle Seahawks)
- Juqua Parker (Philadelphia Eagles)
- Brandon Pettigrew (Detroit Lions)
- Zac Robinson (Cincinnati Bengals)
- Antonio Smith (Houston Texans)
- Kevin Williams (Minnesota Vikings)
The difference? For the second consecutive season, a gimme kick gone haywire.
Freshman Dan Goodale pushed a 39-yard kick wide right from the center of the field, cueing a wild celebration from the TCU sidelines as disappointed fans filed out the exits.
A week later, Alabama's perfect season ended on its home field, too, making just two-of-six field goals in a 9-6 overtime loss to LSU.
"That was a heck of a situation. That’s the worst possible situation for a kicker. Especially with Boise, it’s happened two years in a row now, but it’s just one of those things, you really are either the hero or the zero," Sharp said. "You never want to see that happen to somebody like that, but unforuntately, that’s the nature of the game."
OSU special teams play is especially Sharp