Monday, October 31, 2011
2011 All-Star Performances of the Year Announced on ESPN2 Super Bowl Weekend
From now until the end of Bowl season, the two top running backs of the week will be featured on the All-Star Football Challenge Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AllStarFootball), along with two top individual performers among quarterbacks, receivers and defensive players. The top weekly vote-getter will proceed to the finals, which run Jan. 19-25.
Randle rumbled for a career-high 152 yards and four touchdowns in a dominating 59-24 win over Baylor. Randle had three touchdowns in the first half, including a 62 yard score to help the Cowboys maintain a 35-0 halftime lead.
To learn more about any of these incredible performances and to vote for any of the nominated players, visit www.Facebook.com/AllStarFootball. Fans can vote as often as they would like in each category and can share their vote with Facebook friends. Week eight voting opened today and ends on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 9:59 a.m. ET.
The All-Star Football Challenge features the top college football players competing in a series of skills competitions that put their individual talents on display. Past participants include Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Santana Moss, Vince Young, Vernon Davis, Donovan McNabb, Edgerrin James, and many others.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
For viewers who might not get the Big 12 game in their ABC coverage area, the KSU-OSU game will be available on ESPN2 as part of a reverse mirror telecast.
Kansas State is 7-1 and ranked No. 17 by the Associated Press. Oklahoma State is 8-0 and ranked third by AP. Kansas State and Oklahoma State have never faced off with both teams ranked in the AP top 25.
Staley, the former Guthrie standout who suffered a catastrophic knee injury two years ago, scored on an 18-yard pass from Brandon Weeden in the first quarter.
How did it feel to score that touchdown?
“All I can say is ‘finally.' Been here for four years — everybody knows my story — and I was glad to finally get that first touchdown. Coach tells us all the time to act like we've been there; well I tell him, ‘If I get there, I won't know how to act.' I just celebrated and thanked the man above.”
Were you surprised you were that open?
“Yeah I was. We ran it earlier in the game, and I was kinda wide open then and was hoping we'd go back to it. When he called it, I was licking my lips, and when I caught it, I looked up and thought I'd have to run full speed and get this touchdown finally.”
Talk about getting back out there after the injury.
“It's just been long. I still remember the days when I had just got out of surgery and wasn't able to do anything, wasn't able to walk. The dedication and the hard work that it took finally paid off.” This article was written by Jason Kersey, staff writer for the Daily Oklahoman.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Blatnick would go over swim or play video games or just hang out — with Lavey's older brother, Josh, and older sister, Courtney.
“Man, I used to hate it when you and your friends used to come over and play Xbox and be mean to me,” Blatnick remembers Lavey telling him years later.
Back then, Blatnick was the big offensive and defensive tackle for one of Texas' most storied high school football programs. Lavey was three years younger and had not yet become the school's starting middle linebacker as a freshman.
Now, the duo is starting for the same defense again, as Blatnick and Lavey have become major contributors for No. 3 Oklahoma State.
Jamie Blatnick, Caleb Lavey make Oklahoma State popular in Celina, Texas
Story by Gina Mizell and published in the Daily Oklahoman.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Brown leads the Big 12 and ranks sixth nationally with four interceptions. Additionally, he ranks second in the Big 12 and is sixth nationally in passes defended with 11. He is one of the biggest reasons why Oklahoma State leads the nation in turnover margin and passes intercepted and is second in turnovers gained.
The Lott IMPACT Trophy is given to the defensive player that best combines on-field performance and off-the-field character attributes.
Still, no one can really blame coach Mike Gundy for trying to downplay the 7-0 start, which includes a 4-0 run through the Big 12 and a first-place tie with Kansas State.
"I'd just as soon kind of just lay low as much as we can," said the Oklahoma State coach.
An unlikely scenario?
Probably, considering the firepower Oklahoma State possesses with quarterback Brandon Weeden, wide receiver Justin Blackmon and running back Joseph Randle.
But Gundy is taking the right approach. He wants to minimize any pressure that might be mounting in the locker room. The Cowboys have never played in a BCS game, though they were in contention just last season before losing to Oklahoma in the last regular-season game and missing out on the Big 12.
Oklahoma State - Team Notes
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Happy Birthday to the original Pistol Pete, Frank Eaton. Eaton was born on this day in 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut. At the age of eight, Eaton's father was shot in cold blood by a group of six former Confederates. Eaton vowed to avenge his father.
Eaton was purportedly a faster draw than Buffalo Bill, and began serving as a deputy US Marshal in Indian Territory under Judge Isaac C. Parker. He spent several years tracking down his father's killers and claimed to have killed five of them, with the sixth being shot by another man.
Later in his life, Eaton began living in Perkins, Oklahoma - just south of Stillwater, the home of Oklahoma State University. He rode in the 1923 Armistice Day Parade and began showing up at other Oklahoma A&M events, and was soon adopted as an unofficial mascot of OAMC. "Pistol Pete" became the school's official mascot in 1958, a year after Oklahoma A&M became Oklahoma State University. As recently as 2010, Pete has been named as America's favorite mascot by several national polls.
RV/RV Baylor (4-2, 1-2 Big 12) at
No. 3/4 Oklahoma State (7-0, 4-0 Big 12)
Oct. 29 - 2:30 p.m. CT
Boone Pickens Stadium (60,218 capacity)
TV: ABC Sports (Bob Wischusen, Bob Davie and Jeannine Edwards)
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen)
Satellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 138 | XM Ch. 196
Oklahoma State leads the all-time series 17-12 and holds a 10-5 series advantage in Stillwater. Mike Gundy is 5-1 all-time as a head coach against Baylor. The Cowboys defeated the Bears, 55-28, last season in Stillwater. The series dates back to 1914, when OSU beat Baylor, 60-0. Baylor's last win over OSU was in 2005, 44-34.
• One of the highlights of Homecoming is the Friday night "Walkaround" in the Greek area of the campus. Last year more than 35,000 participated in the Walkaround.
• Other big events include the Saturday morning parade and Hoops and Homecoming, which is part pep rally, part Midnight Madness. That event follows the Walkaround and will be held in Gallagher-Iba Arena Friday evening.
• The OSU campus is full of Homecoming activities all week. Details can be found at http://orangeconnection.org/homecoming.
Oklahoma State is 47-35-7 all-time in Homecoming play. The Cowboys are 2-0 when hosting Baylor for Homecoming with OSU earning wins in 2008 and 1972. Kansas State is OSU's most frequent Homecoming opponent. The Wildcats have visited Stillwater 14 times for the event.
Oklahoma State Homecoming Events and Information
Maybe you know Isaiah Anderson for his long-rumored speed, an asset he surely won't deny.
Isaiah Anderson steps into the hole created by the injury to Hubert Anyiam at the “X” receiver spot.
Look for Michael Harrison to fill in there, too, moving at least in part from his role as backup to Justin Blackmon on the opposite side of the field.
“They'll be kind of a two-headed monster over there and we'll try to get the most out of both of them,” Cowboys offensive coordinator Todd Monken said of Anderson and Harrison.
Maybe you know Anderson for his pink uniform accents on game day, a nod to his mother, Loraine Anderson, a cancer survivor.
Or maybe you don't know the Oklahoma State junior wide receiver at all – not yet – although now's as good a time as any, with his move into the starting lineup, replacing the injured Hubert Anyiam, who suffered a season-ending broken foot at Missouri. So, who is Isaiah Anderson?
OSU receiver Isaiah Anderson ready to introduce himself
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
You can now add Cowboys running back Joseph Randle to that elite list. In OSU's 45-24 win over Missouri, Randle had three rushing touchdowns as part of a 14-carry, 138-yard performance and added another score on a 13-yard catch.
Read the full article in the Tulsa World
Monday, October 24, 2011
Lewis helped lead the Cowboys to a 45-24 victory over the Missouri Tigers in Columbia on Saturday, bringing the Cowboys’ record to 7-0 and 4-0 in Big 12 play.
Lewis racked up nine tackles during the game and recorded two takeaways in the second half. He intercepted a deflected pass, which set up an OSU touchdown, and he recovered a fumble that stopped a Missouri drive in the red zone.
It is the first conference player of the week award in Lewis’ career and it is the fifth time this season a Cowboy has earned a Big 12 Player of the Week Award.
Oklahoma State has assumed the role of Big 12 favorite, via its undefeated record, high-flying offense and home date against Oklahoma for the second consecutive year.
Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 9 - No. 1 Oklahoma State (7-0, 4-0, LW: 2): The Big 12 Power Rankings have a new No. 1 for the first time this season. Oklahoma State went up to Missouri and impressively took care of business against a good team, outrunning the Tigers by 21 points. Then, the Cowboys sat back and watched their rivals suffer one of the biggest upsets in league history. Not a bad Saturday for the boys in orange.
Gundy optimistic on Blackmon's return - Justin Blackmon sat out of most of Oklahoma State's victory Saturday over Missouri as a precautionary measure after getting "dinged" in the head.
The wide receiver appears likely to return Saturday, though, when the No. 3 Cowboys host Baylor.
"I expect him to be fine," coach Mike Gundy told reporters Sunday night. "They haven't done all those tests and things that they do — that takes place (Monday). But he's over here and walking around and he was normal to me."
Blackmon had eight catches for 54 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' 45-24 win before having his helmet confiscated and being benched.
"Justin got dinged in the head, and he's fine, but that young man's got too much in the future," Gundy told a sideline reporter after the game. "We were just not going to put him back in there."
Blackmon, who won the Biletnikoff Award last year as college football's top receiver, is third in the Big 12 with 662 yards and eight touchdowns on 61 catches.
By David Ubben - ESPN.com - Click Here for Full Big 12 Blog
The Cowboys moved up to third Sunday in the BCS standings, replacing rival Oklahoma as the team behind LSU and Alabama best positioned to reach the national title game. It's Oklahoma State's best showing in the BCS standings.
Two championship contenders lost for the first time Saturday, when Oklahoma and Wisconsin went down.
That cleared some of the traffic atop the standings and left Oklahoma State, fourth-place Boise State, fifth-place Clemson and sixth-place Stanford in a tight race.
Full Story As Printed In The Boston Globe
Sunday, October 23, 2011
No, not the NFL kind from Dallas. We're talking about the Big 12 Conference kind from Stillwater, Okla.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys, ranked sixth, ran their road winning streak to nine and ended Missouri's home winning streak at 10 with a 45-24 win at Columbia, Mo. on Saturday.
These Cowboys are 7-0 for only the third time in school history, 4-0 in the Big 12 Conference, and on track for one of the most bedlam in all its Bedlam rivalry games with No. 3 Oklahoma. That game will be played Dec. 3.
Oklahoma State's win over Missouri was to blueprint, right down to the Cowboys giving up a lot of yardage. Missouri had 463 yards.
Oklahoma State extends road streak, ends Missouri's home streak
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Columbia, Mo. -- Brandon Weeden threw three first-half touchdowns as No. 4 Oklahoma State continued its impressive start with a 45-24 victory over host Missouri Saturday.
Joseph Randle added 138 yards on 14 carries and three TD for the Cowboys (7-0, 4-0 Big 12), who also started 7-0 in 2008 and 1945. With the win, Oklahoma State keeps alive what could be a winner-take-all slugfest with Oklahoma Dec. 3 for a trip to the national title game on the line.
Missouri, which entered on a 10-game home winning streak, couldn’t slow down the vaunted Oklahoma State offense. Weeden threw for 338 yards and the Cowboys piled up 533 yards. They entered leading the conference in scoring (49.2) and total offense (551.2), ranking among the top-5 in the nation both categories
Weeden throws for three scores, Randle runs for three as Oklahoma State rolls
The Cowboys were up and around early this morning for the 11 a.m. CT kick. The team had breakfast in the hotel and went through a final walk through before heading for the stadium. OSU will be wearing all white today - head-to-toe. This is the first time this season the Cowboys have wore this combination and the first time wearing all white since the Holiday Bowl in 2008.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Tulsa World - OSU football talking points
TV: FX (Announcers TBA)
Radio: Cowboy Radio Network (Dave Hunziker, John Holcomb and Robert Allen)
Satellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 91 and XM CH. 91
Oklahoma State (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) picked up a 38-26 victory over the No. 22 ranked Longhorns to remain undefeated this season – a performance which delighted coach Mike Gundy.
“You always have to be encouraged when you win on the road in this league,” Gundy said during a press conference. “I mentioned to my staff after the game, that we needed to get out of Texas as fast as we could, before anyone changed their mind.
“This is the approach that a coach must have, in my opinion. Playing on the road is difficult. I am encouraged that we are at a point where the team is mature enough to play better on the road than what we have in the past.”
For the fourth time in five outings, the Cowboys travel for clash and they are bracing for anything against an “athletic” Missouri (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) team.
Here is the full story about the OSU-Missouri Game
Mike Gundy notices it when he's eating lunch at Louie's, and Brandon Weeden notices it when he's on the Oklahoma State campus.
Even more people are wearing orange, and they're talking about the Cowboys. That's what happens when a highly anticipated football season goes according to plan through the first half, with the 6-0 Cowboys coming in at No. 4 in the first BCS standings.
“It's come along way,” Weeden said of the atmosphere at OSU. “It wasn't like this four or five years ago.”
OSU's football success is a great marketing tool
Thursday, October 20, 2011
See the full report here
Big 12 Podcast from ESPN.com
ESPN analyst Brock Huard says his preseason pick, Oklahoma State will win the Big 12, and it comes down to four reasons. You'll need ESPN Insider subscription to read the full story, but here's a look.
1. Offensive firepower ... they rank second in the nation in scoring with 49.2 points per game, second in passing yards with 395 yards per game, second in total yardage with more than 550 yards per game, and 11th in passing efficiency rating.
2. Winning the turnover battle Oklahoma State is plus-12 in the critically important category of turnover margin, having forced 20 takeaways, including 12 interceptions.
3. Negative plays The Cowboys are 13th nationally with 19 sacks on the season and tied for 18th with 46 TFL. In the coming weeks, the Cowboys will face quarterbacks James Franklin, Robert Griffin III, Seth Doege and Landry Jones, all capable of taking a defense apart if allowed to get in rhythm.
4. Defensive depth The Cowboys are currently on pace for 14 of their defenders to reach 25 tackles, and continuing to develop more tacklers and depth will be instrumental to the Cowboys' sustaining success. So, who does this Oklahoma State team compare with favorably? You might be surprised, but Oklahoma State fans will like it. Check it out.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Mike Gundy's Cowboys have jumped out to a 6-0 start, good enough to land them in the fourth spot in the first official BCS rankings this week. The team is 3-0 in conference play and comes into this contest off a 38-26 win at Texas last weekend. It marked the eighth straight road win for OSU, the second longest active streak in the nation.
Cowboys Face Missouri in Columbia Saturday at 11 a.m.
Tulsa World - Q&A with OSU's Levy Adcock
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Game Notes - Oklahoma State at Missouri
Monday, October 17, 2011
DE, Sr, Celina, Texas
Sunday, October 16, 2011
“The recognition is great for our football program,” said OSU head coach Mike Gundy. “But we are only halfway through the season and things can change quickly. We have another tough road opponent this week at Missouri. That game needs to be our focus.”
The Cowboys join LSU as the only two schools in the country with two road wins over opponents ranked in the Associated Press top 25. OSU’s victories have come in its last two road games (at No. 8 Texas A&M and at No. 22 Texas).
Cowboy Headlines Throughout The Country
Houston Chronicle - Oklahoma State hands UT a second straight loss
ESPN.com - Oklahoma State goes on the road to hand Texas second straight loss
Washington Post - Oklahoma State and Texas trade kickoff return TDs to start 3rd quarter
Associated Press - Smith runs Oklahoma State over Texas 38-26
Austin Statesman - Oklahoma State defeats Texas 38-26
San Antonio Express-News - Oklahoma State too much for Texas
Tulsa World - Dave Sittler: Cowboys remain on course for BCS title-game run
Tulsa World - Jeremy Smith shines, scoring two TDs
OSU defense steps up as Cowboys' potent offense stumbles
Cowboys good, but not among elite
By Ivan Maisel
AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 6 Oklahoma State is straight out of reality TV, "Jersey Shore" somehow moved to the prairie. The Cowboys are not conventional. They are volatile. Their stars can go off at any moment. They dress well. (OK, maybe not "Jersey Shore.")
But reality TV, as entertaining as it is, doesn't measure up to the best the medium has to offer. The Cowboys defeated No. 22 Texas 38-26, their second victory over a ranked Big 12 rival on the road in their last three games. But they have yet to play at the same level as the teams ranked ahead of them.
Read the full story here
Saturday, October 15, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Twice Oklahoma State's Jeremy Smith took a handoff, hit the line of the scrimmage and braced himself to get smacked.
Instead, there was nothing but yards of green field, the burnt orange end zone and the groans of nearly 100,000 Texas fans in front on him.
Smith ran for 140 yards on seven carries, scoring on runs of 30 and 74 yards straight up the middle of the defense, and No. 6 Oklahoma State rode several big plays to a 38-26 over the No. 22 Longhorns win on Saturday.
Justin Gilbert tied a school record with his fourth career kickoff return for a touchdown and the Cowboys (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) now have won two years in a row in Austin after 12 consecutive years of excruciating defeats.
USA Today: Oklahoma State Earns Big Road Victory at Texas
Friday, October 14, 2011
Read more from this Tulsa World article
Former Oklahoma State Cowboy, MLB and NFL player Vernand Morency consults on a construction project. At first glance, one wouldn’t think that Vernand Morency would be a major power player in DC development. He is quiet, giving, and humble. He is not ostenta- tious nor is he pretentious. Yet, at the age of 27, this former Colorado Rockies and Green Bay Packers player was a partner in a syndicate group with T. Boone Pickens that developed a stadium at Oklahoma State University in excess of $250 million. Now Morency, 31, is one of the contractors who is directly involved in building City Center DC, located at the old convention center downtown, for an estimated $950 million. He is the President and CEO of Morency Enterprises, specializing in interior construction and real estate services. But there is more to Vernand Morency than meets the eye.
Morency Takes His Talents To Construction and Real Estate
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Cowboy Way
LaBrue, a bulked-up former walk-on, got the honor last week after stepping in for injured center Grant Garner, who had started the last 17 games in a row. The Cowboys (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) wound up matching the most points they've put up in the past 94 years in a 70-28 rout of Kansas, becoming the nation's highest-scoring team in the process.
"I knew I couldn't come in there and miss a beat without Grant in there because he's really the heart of this offense and everything revolves around him," LaBrue said.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Oklahoma State has started construction on its new $16 million indoor practice facility.
Construction of the Sherman E. Smith Training Center began on Aug. 1 and is currently underway on the north side of Boone Pickens Stadium. The facility demonstrates the commitment Oklahoma State has made to its football program.
The training center is part of the university's grand plan for an athletics village to be funded through donations.
Oklahoma State will have three fields outside and one inside the facility. Two of the three fields outside will be natural grass. The 92,000-square-foot facility will have garage-style doors that will allow for easy transition from field to field. A covered, 100-yard sprint track will be located on the west side of the building.