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Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:46 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2011 3:50 pm

QUICK HITS: Oklahoma State 66 Texas Tech 6

Posted by Tom Fornelli

OKLAHOMA STATE WON. Actually, Oklahoma State didn't win as much as it destroyed. The Cowboys offense put on another clinic on Saturday afternoon, as it racked up 637 yards of total offense and seemingly scored at will against a Texas Tech team in a total freefall since upsetting Oklahoma three weeks ago. Brandon Weeden threw for 423 yards and 5 touchdowns on the day, and he only had 6 incompletions. Joseph Randle only rushed for 83 yards on the day, but he did score 3 touchdowns and Justin Blackmon had 103 yards with 2 touchdowns on the day.

WHY OKLAHOMA STATE WON. Because it's offense is seemingly unstoppable right now, and its defense didn't allow Texas Tech to do anything. Those 6 points that Texas Tech got? Those came on a fumble return touchdown, which was followed by a missed extra point from the Raiders.

WHEN OKLAHOMA STATE WON. I joked on Twitter that this game was over when Texas Tech started the game by going three-and-out and punting, but it turns out it was actually true. Though I suppose it wasn't actually official until Weeden hit Josh Stewart on a 27-yard touchdown to make it 21-0 in the first quarter.

WHAT OKLAHOMA STATE WON. Well, this one had to feel good for the Oklahoma State defense. After having a tough night against Kansas State last week, the Cowboys defense came out Saturday and held Texas Tech to 270 yards of total offense and forced another 3 turnovers. As for the entire team, this win keeps Oklahoma State on its path toward the Big 12 title and BCS championship game.

WHAT TEXAS TECH LOST. I'm not sure how much confidence Texas Tech still had in itself coming into this game after the way they'd been beaten the last two weeks, but whatever was left has to be gone now. This is a team that has now been outscored 190-43 since holding a 31-7 lead over Oklahoma in the third quarter of that game. Things have fallen apart quickly in Lubbock.

THAT WAS CRAZY. As for total game time, Oklahoma State averaged 1.1 points per minute played in this game on Saturday. In time of possession terms? That number increased to 2 points for every minute it had the ball. That's efficient offense.
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:04 am
Edited on: November 6, 2011 12:04 am

QUICK HITS: Oklahoma State 52 Kansas State 45

Posted by Tom Fornelli

OKLAHOMA STATE WON. They may have been playing the Game of the Century down in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night, but the game being played in Stillwater wasn't half bad. Both Oklahoma State and Kansas State took turns taking the lead in the first half, and then just went back and forth in the second half until Oklahoma State's goalline stand in the final seconds sealed the deal. These two teams combined for 1,081 yards of total offense, 97 points and 11 touchdowns on the evening.

The quarterbacks were the story, though one did it with his arm and the other showcased his legs. Brandon Weeden threw for 501 yards and 4 touchdowns on the night, with Justin Blackmon pulling in 13 passes for 205 yards and 2 touchdowns. For Kansas State it was Collin Klein answering Weeden at every turn, rushing for 144 yards and 3 touchdowns while passing for 231 yards and a touchdown.

WHY OKLAHOMA STATE WON. The clock ran out. Had Kansas State another chance on fourth down in the final seconds, this game may have been going to overtime. I mean, this game was so back and forth that you can't really say that the Cowboys did anything but outscore the Wildcats, and that's as basic as it gets.

WHEN OKLAHOMA STATE WON. When Collin Klein's pass on third and goal with a second remaining on the clock fell to the back of the end zone harmlessly.

WHAT OKLAHOMA STATE WON. What didn't it win? It may have had the scare of a lifetime on Saturday night, but Oklahoma State is still undefeated and following LSU's 9-6 win over Alabama, guess who is going to be moving up to the #2 spot in the BCS standings on Sunday: Oklahoma State.

WHAT KANSAS STATE LOST. I don't think Kansas State lost as much as it gained in this contest. Let's be honest, after getting destroyed by Oklahoma in the second half last week, the natural reaction was to write off Kansas State's 7-0 start to the season as a fluke. A team taking advantage of its schedule. Well, after nearly knocking off Oklahoma State in Stillwater, I don't think we can consider this team a fluke anymore. It's a good team with an extremely good quarterback that's going to compete for a Big 12 title in the next few years.

THAT WAS CRAZY. Not that this game was ever a defensive struggle, but both teams combined for 26 points in the final 5:16 of the fourth quarter.
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:44 am

Keys to the Game: Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

OKLAHOMA STATE WILL WIN IF: In order to win this game all Oklahoma State has to do is to keep doing what it has done. Dominate the game with its offense, take care of the ball and take the ball away on defense. It may not look like it if you just look at the teams' records, but Oklahoma State is a much better team than Kansas State. What may surprise you though, is that while Kansas State's defense is considered to be much stronger than Oklahoma State's -- and I tried to debunk the "Oklahoma State defense is bad" theory -- here's something you may not have known: the Kansas State pass defense is worse than Oklahoma State's in just about every category. You have to think that Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon will be able to exploit a defense that's giving up 277.9 yards per game and allowing quarterbacks to complete 63.5% of their passes. Landry Jones just threw for 505 yards and 5 scores against it last week, and Weeden could find similar success.

KANSAS STATE WILL WIN IF: It figure out how to stop spread offenses. While the Kansas State defense got off to a strong start to the season, ever since Big 12 play started and it began facing offenses that spread it out, things have not been going well. In five conference games the Kansas State defense is allowing 33 points and 350.2 yards passing per game. The best way for Kansas State to stop the Oklahoma State offense will be to keep it off the field, which means the Wildcats will have to protect the ball and use its ground game. The good news for Kansas State is that Collin Klein and John Hubert have a chance to do just that. The Oklahoma State defense is giving up 185.5 yards per game on the ground, and Kansas State is rushing for 209.9. That will have to continue for the Wildcats to hand the Cowboys their first loss of the year.

X-FACTOR: Collin Klein. Klein needs to have his best game of the season for Kansas State to win this game. Odds are that Oklahoma State will be geared up to stop Klein and the rushing attack, so he's going to at least provide the threat of passing to open things up for his offense. Last week Klein was only able to complete 8 of his 16 passes for 58 yards, and that allowed the Oklahoma defense to key on stopping the run, and we all know how that worked out for Kansas State. 
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:18 am
Edited on: October 31, 2011 11:18 am

Gundy doesn't expect Blackmon to return

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma State still has a lot to play for this season, but while Mike Gundy was talking to the media on Sunday night, the subject of next season came up. Particularly whether or not wide receiver Justin Blackmon would be returning to Stillwater for his senior season.

Well, Mike Gundy is no fool, he knows that he better enjoy the exploits of his receiver while he still can.

"If he wants to come back, he's certainly welcome. We will have a party," Gundy told the Tulsa World. "But I can't imagine that he would be back again. He has somewhat solidified himself as a top-five pick. If it were my son and he were a top-five pick, I would encourage him to move on."

"If somebody is looking for a wideout early in the draft. I can't imagine that he won't be the first one taken."

Blackmon is actually having a "down" year in comparison to the numbers he put up in 2010, but he's still been incredibly productive. Through 8 games he's caught 74 passes for 834 yards and 10 touchdowns. Not quite the pace he needs to match last season's totals of 111 catches for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns, but that's because the Oklahoma State offense and Brandon Weeden have been spreading the ball around a bit more.

Those numbers may improve over the final month considering the injuries Oklahoma State recently suffered in its wide receiving corps, particularly the loss of Hubert Anyiam for the season. I don't think it was a coincidence that in the game following Anyiam's injury Blackmon had his biggest game of the season, pulling in 13 passes for 172 yards and 2 touchdowns against Baylor.
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:11 am
Edited on: October 25, 2011 5:53 pm

Gundy expects Blackmon to be back; Anyiam done

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

There's good news and bad news on the injury report for Oklahoma State's wide receiving corps as they prepare for Baylor this week.

First, the good: after missing the second half of the Cowboys' win over Missouri with "concussion-like symptoms," All-American Justin Blackmon is expected to be cleared in time to play against the Bears. Blackmon did not practice Sunday but will be re-evaluated by doctors Monday.

“I feel good that he’ll be with us,” head coach Mike Gundy said Sunday. Gunday had stated immediately following the game that Blackmon could have re-entered the win over the Tigers, but that he was held out as a precautionary measure.

"We just didn’t see any need in risking it," Gundy said.

Obviously, having one of the nation's best wideouts back in uniform should be a huge help against the Bears. But Gundy might still the consider the bad news worse than that good news is good--senior receiver Hubert Anyiam broke a bone in his left foot vs. Missouri and will almost certainly be out for the year.

Anyiam was the Cowboy's third-leading receiver and was on his way to the best season of his prematurely-ended career, having collected 27 catches for 370 yards and three touchdowns.

 “It just breaks my heart because that kids plays so hard and is a great leader for us,” Gundy said.

As long as Blackmon remains in the lineup, the Cowboys won't exactly hurt for firepower at the receiving position. But Anyiam's injury remains a substantila blow for a team now neck-deep in the hunt for a national title.
Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:47 am
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Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:45 am

Big 12 Winners And Losers: Week 8

Posted by Tom Fornelli

A handy recap of who really won and who really lost that you won't find in the box score.

WINNER: That small town in western Texas known as Lubbock. 

It was quite the week in Lubbock. It all started with a sandstorm that blocked out the sun, and ended with a lightning delay in Norman that caused Tech fans to stay up rather late to watch their Red Raiders. Though something tells me the fact that they were able to see Texas Tech knock off Oklahoma helped clear the sand from their eyes and made everything worth it.

LOSER: Oklahoma's title hopes

Any chance that Oklahoma had to finish its season in New Orleans went on the window on Saturday night. Yes, the end of its 39-game home-winning streak has to sting a bit, but not as much as the title hopes. The good news for Bob Stoops and Oklahoma is that the Sooners can still win the Big 12, though I doubt that is going to help ease the pain from this loss over the next few days.

WINNER: Seth Doege

Seth Doege is just another in a long line of Texas Tech quarterbacks to have success in Lubbock, but I have a feeling most people didn't know his name before tonight, or how to pronounce it (it's pronounced "day-gee"). Well, they'll know it now as Doege threw for 441 yards and 4 touchdowns against an Oklahoma defense that came into the game allowing only 201 passing yards a game, and had only allowed 5 passing touchdowns all season. Not to mention that Doege led a Raider offense to 41 points and Oklahoma had only been giving up 15 points per game this season.

LOSER: Michael Hunnicutt

Make no mistake about it, Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt does not deserve the blame in this Oklahoma loss. The Sooners had plenty of other problems on offense and defense, but most people will probably remember Hunnicutt's 28-yard field goal attempt in the final minutes that bounced off the right upright. In a three-point loss, that's going to stick and make Hunnicutt an easy scapegoat.

WINNERS: Kansas State and Oklahoma State

Nobody benefits more from Oklahoma's loss than both Kansas State and Oklahoma State. They are now the only two teams in the Big 12 that are still unbeaten on the season, though both also have to face Oklahoma and each other before the season is over. Kansas State gets Oklahoma in Manhattan next weekend, and considering Saturday's loss, you can bet that the Sooners will have something to prove in that contest.

LOSER: Hubert Anyiam

Oklahoma State may have beaten Missouri on Saturday but it lost one of its playmakers in the process. Wide receiver Hubert Anyiam broke his foot making a catch in the first half and his season is over. Anyiam had surgery on the foot before the season started, and was third on the Cowboys in receiving this season with 27 catches for 370 yards and 3 touchdowns. There were more problems for Cowboys receivers on Saturday as well, as Justin Blackmon sat out the entire second half with "concussion like" symptoms, though Mike Gundy expects Blackmon to play against Baylor next week.

WINNER: The Texas A&M secondary

It's been much maligned just about all year, but the Texas A&M secondary had a very strong performance on Saturday in Ames. Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett combined to complete only 16 of 40 passes for 180 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Making the feat more impressive was the fact that A&M didn't have Coryell Judie on Saturday, though depending on who you ask, that may have been a reason why the unit fared better. I don't quite see things that way, though.

LOSER: Turner Gill's job stability

Fair or not, the calls for Gill's head are only going to grow louder following Saturday's loss. Nobody at Kansas was expecting Gill to completely turn around the program in two years, but when you consider that the Jayhawks have now been outscored 128-28 in two contests against the rival Kansas State Wildcats, Kansas fans are going to be angry. The good news for Gill is that basketball season starts soon, so hopefully the basketball team can divert the attention of Kansas fans away from failures on the football field.
Posted on: October 23, 2011 2:45 am
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