Friday, January 27, 2012

Weeden: Senior Bowl's top stock riser

Weeden came into the week with the opportunity to show he has the skills to become a starter in the NFL and that he is better than the other five quarterbacks in attendance, including Arizona's Nick Foles , who grades out in the same late-first- or early-second-round area. From the first practice, Weeden was confident and seemed to embrace the opportunity. - Weeden Making Impact at Senior Bowl

Brandon Weeden at Senior Bowl

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mike Gundy wins top-coach award

HOUSTON -- Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy won the Paul "Bear" Bryant College Coach of the Year Award on Thursday night.

Gundy, whose Cowboys finished 12-1, beat out eight other finalists for the award, including LSU's Les Miles.

Oklahoma State won its first Big 12 championship and played in its first BCS bowl, getting a 41-38 overtime win over Stanford. The team's 12 wins were a school record.

Gundy Earns Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year Award

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

OSU Earns 12th Win with Fiesta Bowl Victory

Oklahoma State Caps Greatest Season in History

Oklahoma State finished the greatest season in school history with a 41-38 over #4 Stanford in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl. The Cowboys rode to a school record 12 wins and made their first BCS appearance. OSU was 4-0 against teams with 10-wins or more and that's just a start of the 2011 accomplishments. Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State captured its first outright Big 12 Conference Championship.

2011 Football Honors and Recognition

41 wins over last 4 years
6 Consecutive Bowl Appearances
2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Champions
First BCS Appearance in School History
Most Wins in School History (12)
Five wins over Top 25 Opponents (TAMU, UT, KSU. OU, Stanford)
Three Top 10 Wins (Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Stanford)
Two Top 10 road wins in 2011 (Texas A&M & Stanford)
Three Top 25 road wins in 2011 (Texas A&M, Texas, Stanford)
First Conference Championship In Programs History
2012 Bedlam Series Champions
Undefeated at Home in 2011 (6-0)
Eight league wins is an Oklahoma State record
Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year
American Football Monthly National Coach of the Year
School Record Six Associated Press All-Americans
12 Cowboys Named All-Big 12
Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year (Quinn Sharp)
Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year (Grant Garner)
Highest BCS ranking (2nd) in school history
Highest National Ranking in School History (2nd)
10-0 - best start in school history
11-game winning streak was second longest in school history
Had the longest active winning streak in the country
7-0 Conference Start for the first time in school history
Nine Student-Athletes Named Academic All-Big 12
Lead the nation in turnovers forced
Top 5 nationally in Scoring, Total Offense, Passing and First Downs
Second time in school history OSU has 10 wins in regular-season
Won at least 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)
Nine wins in four straight seasons for first time in school history
30 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 home attendance record vs. Kansas State
All six crowds in 2011 rank in Top 10 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
Heisman Candidates (Brandon Weeden & Justin Blackmon)
Back-to-Back Fred Biletnikoff Award Winner (Justin Blackmon)
Rimington Trophy Finalist (Grant Garner)
Doak Walker Semifinalist (Joseph Randle)
Jim Thorpe Semifinists (Markelle Martin & Brodrick Brown)
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 – second most in the country
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
Nine straight wins against Texas members of the Big 12 Conference
11-1 against Big 12 Texas schools since 2009

OSU Cowboys In the NFL Playoffs

Oklahoma State Cowboys In The NFL

#3 Oklahoma State has always been represented in the NFL Playoffs and this season is no different. Three Cowboys are set to play this weekend in the divisional playoffs. Keep an eye out for San Francisco running back Kendall Hunter, Denver defensive lineman Ryan McBean and Antonio Smith on the Houston defense. Hunter and McBean will play Saturday, Jan. 14, while Smith and the Texans play Sunday, Jan. 15 at 12 p.m. on CBS. The 49ers play at 3:30 p.m. CT Saturday on FOX and the Broncos are the late game at 7 p.m. CBS.

Six former Oklahoma State standouts made the 2011 NFL Playoffs. Along with Hunter, McBean and Smith, Detroit TE Brandon Pettigrew and Lions OT Corey Hilliard along with Cincinnati QB Zac Robinson all reached the first round. OSU had 26 Cowboys at one point in the league during the 2011 season.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mike Gundy Receives Coach of the Year Award

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy received his 2011 Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year award Sunday in New Orleans. Gundy guided the Cowboys to their best season in school history. OSU finished the year with a 12-1 record, 2012 Fiesta Bowl champions, 2011 Big 12 champions and reached its sixth consecutive bowl game to name a few accomplishments.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Colton Chelf Makes Most of Opportunity

Nearly two days had passed since Stanford's field goal wobbled wide left, Oklahoma State's sailed true and the Cowboys celebrated a season — and a Fiesta Bowl — like no other, but Colton Chelf was still having trouble wrapping his head around all of it.

“It still doesn't really feel real,” he said midday Wednesday.

Rest assured, Colton, it was.

And what's more, the reserve receiver was a very real part of it. This was a game with plenty of orange-clad stars, but none was more surprising than Chelf. None was more deserving.

The former walk-on had career highs in catches and yards receiving, including a huge play in overtime that set up the Cowboys' game-winning kick. On a night when plenty of subplots got lost in the craziness of the game, Chelf's story is worth rewinding.

Colton Chelf Writes Perfect Final Chapter at OSU

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Oklahoma State Caps Greatest Season In School History

OSU Made Best Use of its Time in Fiesta Bowl

Oklahoma State's reputation as a team that scores in a hurry is well-deserved. Just ask Stanford.

The third-ranked Cowboys' 41-38 overtime victory against the No. 4 Cardinal in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Monday might have come down to field goals, but it was set up by the lightning-quick response they had to every Stanford score.

Oklahoma State (12-1) played catch-up all night. It never led until Quinn Sharp kicked a 22-yard field goal in the extra period. The Cowboys prevailed because they moved the ball long distances in short periods when they needed to most, sparked by the pitch-and-catch combination of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon.

The longest of Oklahoma State's five touchdown drives took 2 minutes, 23 seconds. After falling behind 14-0 in the second quarter, the Cowboys pulled even by scoring twice in the space of 2:02 on drives of 84 and 67 yards.

Read the full story in the USA Today Talks Fiesta Bowl

Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl - BCS for Cowboys

#3 Oklahoma State played in its first-ever BCS game Monday against Stanford in the 2012 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The Cowboys have had one of the best seasons in school history and have continued to emerge on the national scene. Oklahoma State has made six straight bowl games under head coach Mike Gundy and one of a handful of programs that have won at least 40 games over the last four years.

41st Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Photos