Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bedlam Is Senior Day for the Cowboys

#3 Oklahoma State will honor 17 seniors and Justin Blackmon Saturday prior to Bedlam. The Cowboys will be playing their last game inside Boone Pickens Stadium and have left a legacy that will forever be marked as one of the best classes to ever attend OSU. Here are your 2011 seniors.

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.

OSU Senior DE Richetti Jones

Sunday, November 27, 2011

#3 Oklahoma State Has Eyes On OU Saturday

#3 Oklahoma State has it's eyes set on Saturday's contest with #10 Oklahoma. The annual Bedlam game once again has high stakes for both programs. The Cowboys are looking for their first outright conference championship in school history. The best OU can hope for is a share of the crown. Win and OSU remains in the hunt for the national title game and a lock for the school's first BCS bowl. This must-see event is set for Sat., at 7 pm CT inside Boone Pickens Stadium.

ESPN.com -
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

Oklahoma State Slides into Third in BCS Rankings

Oklahoma State remains in contention for the national championship and sits third in the BCS rankings announced today. LSU and Alabama are still no. 1 and 2 respectively but the Cowboys are one of the nations elite programs.

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.

Boone Pickens Stadium

Oklahoma State Training Table - Simply The Best

ESPN Predicts BCS Rankings

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mike Gundy Featured in Distinctly Oklahoma Magazine

If, 30 years ago, someone had said it would take a revolution for Oklahoma State football to achieve an 11-win season, to remain undefeated on the road, to share a piece of a Big 12 championship for the first time ever, and to finish the season in the top 10, then does that make Mike Gundy an insurgent? Time will tell, but, in the meantime, there are many college football players across the country who wish they played for a coach who could “Do The Gundy!”
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

Todd Monken Up for OC of the Year

Oklahoma State's Offensive Coordinator Todd Monken is among four candidates for the FootballScoop OC of the Year award presented by SpeedTracs. Monken has led the Cowboy offense to new highs in 2011 and ranks among one of the most powerful scoring machines in the country.

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

Oklahoma State - Greatest Facilities in Football

Kicker Dan Bailey continues hot streak

Cowboys rookie has earned the team's trust with 24 consecutive made field goals


LANDOVER, Md. -- There seemed to be a lot of confusion toward the south side of FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon.

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

Cowboy Football - Position Meeting Rooms

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Justin Blackmon TD at Iowa State

Video by Austin Keathly

OSU Clinches Share of Big 12 Title



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.

Oklahoma State 10-1 with Goals Still Alive


Oklahoma State Has Clinched a Share of the Big 12 Conference Title
Cowboys earn first share of league crown since 1976

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 

Cowboy Football: OSU Academics

OSU football: Cowboys back in the title hunt


On Saturday afternoon, driving from Dallas to Waco, I processed all the Oklahoma State bowl possibilities. I even came up with a doomsday scenario by which conspiracy could drop the Cowboys all the way to the Insight Bowl.

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

Thursday, November 17, 2011

#2 OSU Faces Iowa State Friday on ESPN


#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




Oklahoma State Sets Aim on Iowa State

The finish line is in sight and No. 2 Oklahoma State has no intention of squandering its BCS national title hopes in Friday's final road game of the regular season.

"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

OSU Honors Candidate - Justin Blackmon

OSU Football - Stadium Through The Years

OSU Football Coaches Offices - Boone Pickens Stadium

DE Ugo Chinasa Signs with the Detroit Lions



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)

ESPN.com - OSU Special Teams Making Impact

Quinn Sharp was holed up in the airport in Lubbock watching Boise State desperately try to hold on to the respect-earning "0" in its loss column.

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Weeden Tops ESPN.com Cross-Sport Power Rankings

National Honors Candidate - OT Levy Adcock

Brandon Weeden Earns Heisman Hype

Nigel Nicholas Talks with the Media

Justin Blackmon Named Biletnikoff Semifinalist



Reigning Biletnikoff Award winner Justin Blackmon has been named a semifinalist for the honor again in 2011.  Blackmon, who was named the nation’s top wide receiver last season, is one of 10 semifinalists and one of three players from the Big 12 on the list. 

Blackmon has 93 catches for 1,142 yards in 2011 and 14 touchdowns.  During his career, he has 18 games with 100-plus receiving yards and 10 games with 10-plus receptions over the past two years.

The Biletnikoff award is presented annually to the nation’s top college receiver.  The presentation of the award will be featured on The Home Depot College Football Awards live on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.



Monday, November 14, 2011

Weeden Takes Over No. 1 Spot in Heisman Rankings


OSU's Brandon Weeden takes over the No. 1 spot in this week's Heisman rankings after another excellent performance. The senior threw five more touchdowns, giving him 31 on the season. He also threw for 423 yards, the third time this season he's thrown for more than 400. Weeden and Oklahoma State have a huge game on the horizon that can make or break their season.

The Heisman race is really tight now with Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson and Andrew Luck locked in a huge battle. Oklahoma State's Weeden takes over at No. 1 this week, but the other two are right behind him.

Heisman Hopefuls

Brandon Weeden Addresses The Media

Blackmon Among Best WR at Any Level

COLLEGE STOCK WATCH: IS BLACKMON GAME'S BEST RECEIVER?


Justin Blackmon is the best receiver in college football. In fact, he might be the best receiver in all of football. While fans of Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson will certainly disagree with my opinion, the Oklahoma State star is one of the best receiving prospects in years.
 
At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Blackmon is an athletic playmaker with size and ball skills. He tracks and adjusts well to errant throws, and provides quarterbacks with a big target who can go up and get the ball. Although he is only a junior, he's extremely polished as a route runner and is an explosive threat with the ball in his hands. His running skills evoke images of Terrell Owens in his prime. Part of that assessment is based on Blackmon's dominance over the past two seasons. He had 111 receptions for 1,782 yards with 20 touchdowns in 2010, and has snagged 93 balls for 1,142 yards with 14 scores so far this season. He has 18 games with 100-plus receiving yards and 10 games with 10-plus receptions over the past two years.

By: Bucky Brooks | NFL.com
Read his full report here

Oklahoma State University - Campus

Mike Gundy Weekly Media Luncheon

Oklahoma State - Texas Tech Highlights

OStatePhoto.com - Pokes vs. Red Raiders


2011 NCAA Football OSU vs TexasTech 11_12_11 - Images by Ostate Photo.com

Brandon Weeden is Heisman Front-Runner


Oklahoma State senior quarterback Brandon Weeden has emerged as the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy.

STILLWATER — As ESPN finished its weekly “BCS Countdown show,” where the updated Bowl Championship standings are revealed each Sunday night, the conversation between analysts turned to the Heisman race.


Brandon Weeden was listed as Kirk Herbstreit's new front-runner for the award.


It remains to be seen if Nov. 12 becomes known as the day that turned the 2011 Heisman race for good. But there's no doubt the race looks different — or, at least, tighter — right now than ever before this season.

Saturday started with Weeden absolutely shredding the Texas Tech defense, as he completed 31 of 37 passes for 423 yards and five touchdowns in less than three quarters of OSU's 66-6 thrashing of the Red Raiders.



Brandon Weeden catching up in race for Heisman

#2 Oklahoma State Rides Past Texas Tech

Oklahoma State Remains at No. 2 in BCS

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Boston Herald - OSU Looks Like Championship Team

LUBBOCK, Texas — Scratch those concerns about No. 2 Oklahoma State lacking a championship-caliber defense. At least for the time being.
And forget about the possibility of these Cowboys being too uptight to seize a historic opportunity Saturday in Jones AT&T Stadium.

OSU manhandled Texas Tech on both sides of the ball, holding the high-scoring Red Raiders without an offensive touchdown during a 66-6 rout that established all kinds of historic precedents.

Oklahoma State has championship look in rout of Texas Tech

Mike Gundy - Texas Tech Postgame Comments

Saturday, November 12, 2011

OSU-TTU Postgame Comments - S Markelle Martin

OSU-TTU Postgame Comments - WR Justin Blackmon

OSU-TTU Postgame Comments - LB Caleb Lavey

OSU-TTU Postgame Comments - LB Shaun Lewis

OSU-TTU Postgame Comments - DC Bill Young

OSU-TTU Postgame Comments - RB Joseph Randle

ESPN.com - Oklahoma State's Defense States Case

LUBBOCK, Texas -- What more could Oklahoma State's defense possibly do?

At game's end, Mike Gundy had every right to rip his shirt off, grab a microphone and scream, "Are you not entertained?"

Texas Tech hadn't been shutout since 1987. It's defense had never given up more than 65 points. Oklahoma State, thanks to a second-half gift fumble returned for a touchdown, beat Texas Tech, 66-6.

Despite any devilish pleasure Gundy took in the gladiator-like win, he declined any postgame theatrics.

"It got started with our defense -- a three-and-out," he said. "They played with a lot of energy and ran to the football. Even when [Texas Tech] did make a play, we tackled and we were very physical when we tackled."


Oklahoma State's defense states case

#2 Oklahoma State - Texas Tech Highlights

Fox Sports - Highlights - OSU Cruises to 10-0

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Oklahoma State Rolls Past Texas Tech, 66-6



LUBBOCK, Texas -- Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy trusts his second-ranked Cowboys can handle the mounting pressure as they approach their final two games.

After beating Texas Tech 66-6 on Saturday, No. 2 Oklahoma State is likely two more victories away from playing for the national title.

"There is pressure. Each week I know you can feel it" said Gundy, whose team is 10-0 for the first time in school history. "But it's our responsibility to manage it."

"But I believe in the leadership of this team, that they feel the importance of getting ready for the next game."

Brandon Weeden threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns and Joseph Randle ran for three more scores to lead Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys, second in the BCS standings this week, next (7-0 Big 12) play at Iowa State before closing their season at home against Oklahoma in the Bedlam game.

No. 2 OSU puts Texas Tech away early with big first half

#2 Oklahoma State Photo Gallery vs. Texas Tech

Cowboys at Texas Tech

LUBBOCK -- #2 Oklahoma State and Texas Tech are moments from kick here at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock. The Cowboys look to keep their undefeated record alive today against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Tech is 5-4 on the year, while OSU enters the game at 9-0.

Oklahoma State will wear while helmets, white tops and gray bottoms today against the Red Raiders. It's the 10th different combination this season for the Cowboys.

The weather in Lubbock is perfect for college football. It's mostly sunny with a little wind. The high is expected to be in around 75 today.

OSU is playing at Tech for the second consecutive season. The Pokes pulled out a 34-17 victory last year and won their first game in Lubbock since 1944.

The Cowboys have won two in a row against Tech and three of the last four meetings. However, Texas Tech leads the all-time series 21-14-3.

Check the Cowboy Huddle after halftime for a photo gallery from today's game.

Friday, November 11, 2011

OSU Has The Best Facilities in the Country

Playmaker James Thomas is Big Time


STILLWATER – Oklahoma State had blown a 14-0 lead and fallen behind 24-17 Saturday against Kansas State, which was driving for more points and a potential knockout blow toward an upset.
The Cowboys defense desperately needed a big play.

The Cowboys needed Big Game James.

And as if on cue, James Thomas popped up to pick off K-State quarterback Collin Klein near midfield, then barreled along the sideline all the way to the Wildcats 5. Soon enough, Brandon Weeden found Tracy Moore for a touchdown, and the Cowboys were breathing again, back in a game they'd eventually win 52-35.

“They call me Big Game James,” Thomas said matter-of-factly this week.

'Big Game James' comes off the bench and delivers for Cowboys

Thursday, November 10, 2011

#2 Oklahoma State Cinematic Highlights vs. KSU

DE Richetti Jones is a Cowboy Leader

STILLWATER — As the Oklahoma State players gather in a circle and lock elbows about two hours before every game, Richetti Jones is always the first to bow his head and begin to pray.

“God, we come to you in this circle,” Jones always says, “because a circle has no beginning and no end. We come together, in unity, as brothers to lift your name up.”

He will finish off the ritual, too, before the Cowboys huddle up and head to the locker room.
It's those types of acts that make Jones such a critical piece of the No. 2 Cowboys. He's more than the starting defensive end that makes life tough on opposing quarterbacks.

Richetti Jones is Cowboys' circle of faith ringleader

Oklahoma State - Proud to be a Cowboy

#2 OSU Battles Texas Tech Saturday at 11 a.m.


Having recently achieved their highest BCS ranking ever, the second-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys put their perfect record on the line once again as they pay a visit to the Texas Tech Red Raiders for what promises to be a high-scoring Big 12 Conference affair.

Oklahoma State is 9-0 on the season, and the only undefeated team in conference as well at 6-0. The Cowboys, who have matched the best start in school history, have beat up on most opponents this year, but last week they were involved in a shootout with visiting Kansas State, prevailing 52-45. Including this matchup with Texas Tech, the Pokes have three games remaining in the regular season, the biggest of which will be the finale at home against bitter rival Oklahoma. The winner of that bout will likely win the Big 12 and earn the league's automatic bid to a BCS bowl game.

KC Star - OSU vs. Texas Tech Preview

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

CoachGundy.com Interviews Brodrick Brown and Isaiah Anderson

OSU Defense Creates Turnovers



Oklahoma State is testing the theory that defense wins championships.

The Cowboys, according to BCS analysts, will play for the national title if they win their final three games at Texas Tech on Saturday, at Iowa State on Nov. 18 and home to Oklahoma on Dec. 3.

They will be heavily favored to win the first two and a slight favorite to beat the Sooners in Stillwater.

If the season ended today, the BCS title game would match a team (LSU) that scored nine points Saturday against a team that allowed 45. What has football traditionalists shaking their heads in disbelief is that second-ranked Oklahoma State could get this far with a defense that ranks 110th overall, 99th against the run, 100th against the pass and 77th in points allowed.

"We would all like to have a shutdown defense ranked in the top 10 or 20. But you make the best of what you've got,'' Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said. "We've found other ways to get the job done.''


Oklahoma State defense is stronger than you think

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2011 Accomplishments for OSU under Mike Gundy


#2 Oklahoma State has reached levels never imagined in Stillwater but the ultimate goals have not been reached.  The Cowboys have dreams of a BCS game and being crowned National Champions.  A lot has been said about OSU controlling its own destiny but only time will tell.  However, these Cowboys have already left a mark on the program and shown why they are considered one of the best teams in school history.


  • 38 wins over last 3 1/2 years
  • National Coach of the Year Nominee
  • Highest BCS ranking (2nd) in school history
  • Highest National ranking in school history (2nd)
  • 9-0 record - Ties best start in school history
  • 10-game winning streak is second longest in school history
  • 6-0 in conference play for the first time in school history
  • Second time in school history with 20 wins in two-year period (1987-88)
  • Second longest active winning streak in the country 
  • Nine wins in four straight season for first time in school history
  • 28 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
  • Three 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)
  • 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 Quarterfinalist (Brodrick Brown)
  • Nine straight road victories – second most in the country
  • Most points ever scored by OSU at Texas (38)
  • Snapped Missouri’s 10-game home winning streak
  • 10-1 against Big 12 Texas schools since 2009

Mike Gundy Wants To Be A Cowboy For Life


STILLWATER, Okla. -- Mike Gundy has elevated Oklahoma State's program to its highest point ever and he doesn't plan on leaving anytime soon.

Gundy, who has led the Cowboys to the No. 2 ranking for the first time, said Monday that he hopes to coach at his alma mater until he retires.

"I would prefer to be here for a long, long time and hopefully the powers (that) be will make that decision for me," Gundy said. "I really enjoy the people here, I enjoy the situation. We've obviously gotten to a level here that has not ever been accomplished. I don't know that anybody ... would have ever thought it could have happened."

Even him?

"I think that the honest answer to that question is probably no because I never even thought about it. I just thought that, look, here's what we need to do, here's how we need to do it," Gundy said. "We need commitment, we need this, this and this and then I don't think I ever thought about could we win the whole thing or could we get ranked that high?"

Gundy Has Led Oklahoma State to No. 2 in the National Rankings

Monday, November 7, 2011

Coach Gundy Weekly Media Event

Markelle Martin at the OSU Media Luncheon

Quinn Sharp Talks K-State and Upcoming Game

Lane Taylor Fields Questions From The Media

James Thomas Talks with the Media

Honors Continue To Come In For Oklahoma State’s Weeden

Cowboy quarterback named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

STILLWATER, Okla. - For the second time this season, Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden is the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced today.

Weeden set a school record by passing for 502 yards in the Cowboys’ 52-45 win over No. 17 Kansas State. Weeden completed 36-of-46 passes (.782 pct.) with four touchdown strikes in the game. He was at his best when the team needed him most, engineering three crucial scoring drives in the decisive fourth quarter by completing six-of-eight passes for 111 yards and a touchdown in the final stanza.

In addition to earning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts in lifting the Cowboys over Kansas State, Weeden is also a finalist for the AT&T All-America Player of the Week and Capital One Impact Performer of the Week Awards this week and was recognized as a Manning Award Star of the Week.

Since taking over as Oklahoma State’s starting quarterback in 2010, Weeden has led the Cowboys to a 20-2 overall record including a 10-0 mark away from Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Edmond, Okla., native is an officially-recognized Heisman Trophy candidate by the Heisman Trophy Trust, is a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien Award given to the nation’s top quarterback and the Maxwell Award given to the nation’s most outstanding player. He’s also on the watch list for the Manning Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year award.

Weeden’s 3,212 passing yards in 2011 already rank as the second best single-season total in OSU history, behind only his 4,277 yards last year. He ranks in the top six nationally in touchdown passes, passing yards per game, total passing yards and total offense and his 26 TD passes in 2011 rank as the third best single-season total in school history.

Look Back at Brandon Weeden as a Freshman

Sunday, November 6, 2011

OSU No. 2 in BCS for First Time in School History

#2 Oklahoma State continues to make major strides under head coach Mike Gundy and Sunday marked another first. The Cowboys, who improved to a school record 9-0 Saturday with a win over Kansas State, are No. 2 nationally in the BCS standings for the first time in school history. The Pokes also jumped to No. 2 in the Associated Press poll released earlier Sunday.

OSU seems in control of its own destiny with three weeks remaining in the regular-season. The Cowboys have back-to-back road games at Texas Tech and Iowa State before returning home to host in-state rival Oklahoma on Dec. 3. Here are headlines from around the country Sunday evening after the BCS announcement.

National Rankings


ESPN.com - College Football Nation Blog


ESPN.com - Big 12 Blog


Washington Post - LSU and Oklahoma State take lead in BCS race, with Stanford lurking


BCS title game needs a gunslinger like Brandon Weeden


USA Today - LSU remains No. 1, Alabama stays ahead of Stanford in BCS rankings


OK State jumps to No. 2 in BCS poll behind LSU