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December 3, 2013
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OKLAHOMA STATE GAME NOTES

The Basics

The Oklahoma State football team (10-1 overall; 7-1 Big 12) hosts Oklahoma (9-2 overall; 6-2 Big 12) as part of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Bedlam Series at 11 a.m. CT Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium. 

On the Air

Saturday's game can be seen live on ABC, with Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Shannon Spake on the call. The game will also be carried live on the Cowboy Radio Network, with Dave Hunziker handling play-by-play, John Holcomb providing analysis and Robert Allen reporting from the sideline. Touchdown Radio will be on hand to broadcast the game to a national radio audience. 

In The Polls

Oklahoma State enters Saturday's game ranked No. 6 in this week's Associated Press poll, No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 6 in the BCS Standings. Oklahoma is No. 18 by the AP, No. 15 by the coaches and No. 17 in the BCS.

 

An Oklahoma State Win Would...

• Clinch its second Big 12 championship in the last three years.

• Make this year's senior class the winningest in school history with 42 wins over the last four years.

• Be its second over Oklahoma in the last three years. The Cowboys beat the Sooners, 44-10, in OU's most recent visit to Boone Pickens Stadium in 2011.

• Be its 10th straight home win, dating back to last season's loss to Texas. That would tie the school record for longest home winning streak, matching the mark set from Sept. 21, 2002-Oct. 18, 2003.

• Improve the Cowboys to 18-1 in their last 19 games in Boone Pickens Stadium, dating back to the start of the 2011 season.

• Improve the Cowboys to 10-3 in their last 13 games against ranked opponents.

• Cap a 6-0 season at home, marking the 12th perfect home season in school history and the second of the Mike Gundy era (2011).

• Be its 51st in the last five seasons.

• Be its eighth straight Big 12 win, marking only the second time in school history that OSU has won eight straight conference conference games. The Cowboys won 10 straight Missouri Valley Conference games from 1929-34.

• Improve the Cowboys to 11-1 on the year, marking the third time in the last four seasons that OSU has hit the 11-win mark. Prior to Mike Gundy taking over as head coach in 2005, Oklahoma State had no 11-win seasons and only three 10-win seasons in 102 seasons of football - 1984, 1987 and 1988. Gundy was the starting quarterback on the 1987 and 1988 squads.

• Be its eighth conference win of the year, matching the school record set in 2011. 

 

Sooners, Cowboys Continue Annual Bedlam Battle, In-State Rivals Have Met Annually Since 1910

• Oklahoma has registered 83 victories against Oklahoma State, the Sooners’ highest total against any opponent.

• OU’s Bob Stoops owns a 7-1 head-to-head record vs. OSU under Mike Gundy and is 11-3 overall vs. the Cowboys overall.

• The Sooners have a Big 12-best 16 wins vs. AP Top 10 teams under Stoops (1999-2013) with a 4-3 mark on the road.

• OSU is 14-3 at home since 2010, including eight straight wins. Those three losses were all to AP Top 25 teams.

• OU is seeking three 40-point games in a row for the fi rst time since 2012: Baylor (42-34), WVU (50-49) & OSU (51-48 OT).

• Oklahoma is No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 17 in the BCS Rankings and No. 18 in the AP Poll.

 

Sooners Seek to Snap Cowboys’ Seven-Game Winning Streak, Register Another Win vs. Top 10 Squad

• Oklahoma ended a seven-game winning streak of No. 10 Texas Tech (then 7-0) with a 38-30 victory (10/26). Most recently, OU snapped a four-game Kansas State victory streak with a 41-31 road win in Manhattan, Kan. (11/23).

• OSU posted a 49-17 win vs. No. 4 Baylor (11/23), snapping the Bears’ 13-game victory string that went back to 2012.

• No current group of seniors has a better Big 12 record dating back to 2010 than the Sooners (27-8). OSU ranks second over that span at 26-8. OU has 12 wins against AP Top 25 squads over that span, while OSU is second (10 wins).

• OU’s two losses have come vs. Baylor (10-1) & Texas (8-3), who are a combined 14-2 in Big 12 play. OSU’s lone loss was a 30-21 setback at West Virginia (9/28). The Mountaineers fi nished 4-8, 2-7 Big 12. OU posted a 16-7 win vs. WVU (9/7).

• OU is 36-2 (.947) under Stoops in games without a giveaway. OSU has a takeaway in 19 straight games. The Cowboys lead the Big 12 in TO margin at +16 (29 takes/13 gives), including a +13 turnover mark during their win streak.

 

Oklahoma Defense Has Permitted 10 Points, 33 Rushing Yards in Second Half of Last Two Games

• The Sooners are 62-1 (.984) under Stoops (8-0 in 2013) when rushing for 200+ yards, including 34 straight wins.

Oklahoma ranks second in the Big 12 and 15th in the nation in rushing, averaging 242.3 yards per game.

• RB Brennan Clay had a career-high 200 rushing yards at KSU (11/23). He had the decisive 18-yard TD in last year’s 51-

48 OT win vs. OSU (11/25/12). He is third in the Big 12 (6.3 yards per carry). OU is 4-0 when he has a 100-yard game.

• OU is outgaining its foes by 109.6 rushing ypg and has allowed 33 rushing yards in the second half of its last two games.

• OU leads the Big 12 in total defense (330.5 ypg), while OSU leads the Big 12 in rushing defense (130.0 ypg).

• The Sooners own a 55-10 second-half scoring edge the past two games. OU is also outscoring its opponents by • The Sooners own a 55-10 second-half scoring edge the past two games. OU is also outscoring its opponents by a 128- 71 margin (+57 points) in the second quarter. OU has won 31 straight when allowing 21 points or less. OSU has been held to under 30 points at home just once dating back to 2010, a 24-10 win vs. TCU (10/19).

 

OKLAHOMA

Sooners

Oklahoma is 9-2 overall and 6-2 in the Big 12 after winning on the road at

Kansas State, 41-31 (11/23). With the victory, Bob Stoops (158 wins) surpassed Barry Switzer (157) for the most coaching victories in Oklahoma history. 

Offense

After Blake Bell started the previous eight games, QB Trevor Knight started at Kansas State (11/23). Knight responded with career high in pass yards (171), completions (14) and rush attempts (14). RB Brennan Clay leads the ground game (843 yards), and he is one of six OU players with at least 100 rushing yards or more on the year. The passing game has been spread around to 13 different players, led by Jalen Saunders (51 rec., 615 yards, 5 TDs) and Sterling Shepard (37, 428 yards, 6 TDs). 

Defense

Oklahoma ranks 13th in the country in total defense and 14th in pass defense, allowing 330.5 total yards and 197.8 passing yards per game. LB Frank Shannon leads the unit with 79 tackles, while DE Charles Tapper leads the team in sacks (4.5) and TFLs (8.0). DB Gabe Lynn has a team-best three interceptions, while DB Julian Wilson has two and DB Zack Sanchez has broken up 11 passes. 11 passes. 

Special Teams

Michael Hunnicutt has hit on 21-24 field goals this year, putting him fifth in the country in field goals made. Punter Jed Barnett is averaging 42.4 yards per kick. Jalen Saunders has averaged 14.6 yards on his 16 punt returns to rank second in the Big 12 and has one return for a score. Roy Finch has a 28.4 average on 11 kick returns.

OKLAHOMA STATE

Cowboys

Oklahoma State is 10-1 overall and tied atop the Big 12 standings with a 7-1 mark after knocking off previously unbeaten and fourth-ranked Baylor in Stillwater, 49-17 (11/23). 

Offense

In his most recent outing, QB Clint Chelf earned National Player of the Week honors after his performance against Baylor when he was 19-of-25 for a career-high 370 yards and 3 TDs with no interceptions. Four different players have caught at least 30 passes this year, led by Josh Stewart (45 rec., 555 yards, 2 TDs) and Tracy Moore (42, 595, 6). Desmond Roland has led the rushing attack with 601 yards and a team-high 10 touchdowns. 

Defense

The Cowboys defense ranks 46th in the nation, yielding 380.4 yards per game. Defensive back Justin Gilbert leads the Big 12 with six interceptions on the season, two of which he has returned for a touchdown. As a unit, OSU is tied for second in the country in turnover margin, recording 29 takeaways to just 13 giveaways for a +16 figure. Caleb Lavey has a team-high 82 tackles and 12.0 TFL. 

Special Teams

Oklahoma State has the top kick returner and punt returner in the Big 12 in Justin Gilbert (28.2 average) and Josh Stewart (18.2), respectively. Stewart has returned two punts for TDs this year, while Gilbert has brought back one kick for a score. Ben Grogan has made 9-15 fi eld goals this year, though he is just 1-4 beyond 40 yards. Kip Smith is averaging 40.2 yards on his 64 punts.


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