Previewing the Second Half of Oklahoma State’s Schedule

first_imgThe Cowboys head to Lawrence, Kansas to face a Jayhawk team that will be outmatched and hasn’t won a conference game in nearly two years.There should be little concern for Cowboys fans as far as final results go. Kansas has beaten Oklahoma State once in the last 20 years, that team being the eventual Orange Bowl winner.But those days are far gone and this Jayhawk team should do well just to keep up with the Cowboys’ 15th-ranked scoring offense through the first quarter. But we’ve seen things get hairy up there in Lawrence in recent years.The Cowboys need to go up early and take control of the game. Silence those 22,000 fans (might be generous there) and allow your starters to rest and build confidence for your team heading into the last five games of the season.As we look past KU — exactly what the Cowboys can’t do — we see a Big 12 “murderer’s row” down the home-stretch of the season. Here’s why OSU can’t afford to make it a close game.West Virginia – HomecomingThe 12th-ranked Mountaineers have been playing lights-out and remain one of two unbeaten’s in the league and one of just eleven nation-wide. Dana’s squad is showing their defensive prowess as just held Texas Tech to 17 at home for the first time 45 years (that’s a ball-park estimation).At Kansas StateThe Wildcats are always a tough out at home. Oklahoma State has come home empty-handed their last two trips to the “Little Apple”, not winning there since 2010. Even at home, the Cowboys have only won the last two games by a combined six points.Texas TechWe know the Red Raiders can score and historically these have been shootouts. Oklahoma State will need to keep up with Tech’s offensive and play at least average on defense to pull this out. The last time OSU lost to the Red Raiders, Mike Leach still had a Lubbock address, but this game is in no way a “gimme”.At TCUThe Horned Frogs may have disappointed on the defensive front early but probably still deserve to be ranked in the Top 25. Their only losses are to current No. 17 Arkansas by three points and 16th ranked Oklahoma by six.As the second-leading Big 12 passer, Kenny “Trill”, continues to settle into his role TCU figures to be a very tough road game for the Cowboys by late November, maybe their toughest all year.At OklahomaOh my. Remember what just I said about TCU? This is going to be another tough one too. OU’s secondary got a little exposed early against the likes of Houston and Ohio State but unfortunately so did Oklahoma State’s.Whether the Cowboys are still in Big 12 contention or not, this will be the biggest game on the schedule for most and Mason Rudolph will look to continue his undefeated streak against OU …… Okay, his undefeated streak as a starter. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Justice Hill Chases Oklahoma State Freshman Rushing Records

first_imgJustice Hill is a star. He might be a superstar. Hill has 568 yards on 108 carries this season which is good for 5.3 yards per carry. In Big 12 games that number jumps to 5.6 yards per carry.His 568 rushing yards would have led last year’s team over the course of its 13-game season. Hill will almost certainly lead this year’s team in rushing and has a chance to set the all-time freshman record for yards in a season by a running back.Here’s where he ranks on that list currently.Mike Hamilton (961 yards)Jamaal Fobbs (928 yards)Thurman Thomas (843 yards)Andre Richardson (774 yards)Kendall Hunter (696 yards)Keith Toston (631 yards)Rafael Denson (569 yards)Justice Hill (565 yards)Hill is averaging about 20 carries a game. Let’s say he keeps on his 5.3 YPC pace (remember, he’s beating that right now in conference play). Over the course of six more games, he would end up with 1,201 yards.Whooooo boy.Oklahoma State’s last 1,200-yard rusher was Joe Randle who had 1,417 in 2012. He also had just over 1,200 in 2011. That was his sophomore and junior seasons though. What Hill is doing one year removed from playing for Booker T. Washington is remarkable.“I’ve been saying since he came in that he was the real deal and that he would have a really good season,” said sophomore receiver Jalen McCleskey who knows a few things about freshman success.“He’s done really well,” said Gundy. “Justice is still young. He was playing high school ball last year. He is exciting and can make guys miss. We have improved in that area, and that’s given us a chance to be successful up to this point. He’s growing up.”Yes he is. And he’s taunting record books. As my buddy Matt Amilian pointed out, if Hill stays all four years, nobody will have been better positioned than him to make a run at the all-time number of 4,847 set by Thurman Thomas from 194-1987. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Offense Rising In Offensive Points Per Drive

first_imgI thought it would be intriguing to break this week’s points per drive numbers into tiers. These numbers don’t tell the entire story because different teams have played different schedules, but I think they do a pretty good job of showing which Big 12 teams have a good offense/defense two-thirds of the way through the year.All numbers from BCF Toys.Big 12 Defensescreen-shot-2016-11-01-at-1-33-46-pmTexas Tech is an embarrassment to this statistic. They rank No. 127 in the country in points per drive allowed after only allowing 17 in regulation to TCU! Only Bowling Green is worse.Since I started housing Glenn Spencer and Co. a month ago, they have come on strong. OSU is firmly in the second tier of defenses thus far with TCU and Kansas State, incidentally two of the final four teams they play. If OSU can keep that number around two for the rest of the season, they have a real chance to win out.“I think our rotation and the depth that we have has helped us up to this point,” said Gundy on Monday. This was the first time that we felt like we could play two defensive lines since I’ve been the head coach here. That’s been our goal from day one, it’s just taken us a long time to accomplish it. It goes back to the switch we made four years ago with the scholarship numbers.”Big 12 Offensescreen-shot-2016-11-01-at-1-34-46-pmKansas, my dudes, basketball starts this week! Oklahoma State is also in the second tier here behind Texas Tech, OU and Baylor, incidentally two of the other teams it faces the rest of the way.“Our ability to run the ball a little more effective this year has given us other options when last year it was just protect and keep chunkin’ it down the field, which I’ve never been comfortable with,” Gundy said of the offense on Monday afternoon.November is going to be rough on both Mike Yurcich and Glenn Spencer, but Oklahoma State is starting to establish itself as a real force in this year’s Big 12. Now it just has to keep it up. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: Oklahoma State Football Players do the Mannequin Challenge

first_imgOklahoma State football joined in the latest craze of the Mannequin Challenge — where you basically just act like a mannequin while a video camera follows you around — and it was done in pretty epic fashion. Even Gundy does the Gundy in mannequin form!You’ve never seen “The Gundy” look quite like this.#MannequinChallenge #okstate pic.twitter.com/ctnbCYRqdw— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) November 9, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Ramon Richards Says Colorado Reminds Him of Baylor (In a Good Way)

first_imgJunior cornerback Ramon Richards spoke with media about the challenges OSU’s defense will face against Colorado in their upcoming Alamo Bowl matchup.“They kind of have a wide variety of skill players,” said Richards. “Their skill players are what makes their team go. They kind of remind me of what Baylor had a couple years ago. They have great skill players, great running back. The quarterback gets the wheels turning. Those are the type of teams I like to play against. The type of challenge I like.”Colorado’s not quite on the same level as Baylor was two years ago, but the point is taken. They do have a play-making QB in senior Sefo Liufau. They also have a running back (with OSU ties) who has rejuvenated Colorado’s running game. Phillip Lindsay is the Buffaloes’ first 1,000-yard rusher since Rodney Stewart hit 1,316 yards back in 2010. Sound familiar, Cowboy fans?In fact this year’s team boasts the best offense Colorado has had since well before leaving the Big 12 for the Pac 12 back in 2011. Their 5.59 per play is just ninth in the Pac 12 (T77th nationally). Unfortunately, Oklahoma State gives up 6.01 yards per play on defense which is eighth in the Big 12 (T89th nationally).Colorado ranks 63rd nationally in points per drive at 2.18 (in 2014, Baylor ranked fifth with 3.32). The Buff’s make up for some of that with an 11th-ranked defensive points per drive (1.44) which helped them rank 28th in net points per drive (0.74).On the other hand, OSU is ranked 67th in points per drive allowed (2.24) which lands them at 34th nationally in net points per drive (0.61), in spite of their 22nd ranked 2.85 points per drive on offense.“It’s a similar offense to what we see a lot,” added defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “It’s a spread, an athletic, bigger quarterback. You can tell he’s a tough runner and when they need something to get them going, they’re going to get it in his hands. They have a dynamic receiver, No. 2. Coach MacIntyre’s son is a playmaker. It’s just a balanced team. They’ve run it well against good defenses in the Pac-12, and they’ve thrown it well. If you man up, they’ll take their shots down field and they’re a very good team, as evidenced by their record.”We can probably expect a pretty competitive game. OSU’s defense has struggled giving up the deep ball and Colorado boasts a balanced attack, going almost exactly 60/40 on rush to pass attempts (606/431).So while they may not be 2014 Baylor on offense, the Buffaloes will provide that challenge Ramon is talking about. It will be up to his secondary to not allow a team that averages just over 32 points per game to look like that Baylor offensive juggernaut that average nearly 50. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Three Things: The Straw Is Stirring and OSU Is Rocking Offensively

first_imgUp this week is a Wednesday trip to Fort Worth where the Pokes will take a swipe at moving up the Big 12 rankings against an upstart TCU squad, followed by Bedlam in Stillwater.This Oklahoma State ball club is on pace to be the second-highest scoring squad in Big 12 history behind only the 2001-02 Kansas team that averaged 90.9 per game.Offenses with Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, T.J. Ford and the Morris twins won’t end up being as efficient as this one. So what’s behind the curtain?1. All the HelpersSo many things contribute to the success of the offense: Underwood’s system, the emergence of Jeffrey Carroll, King Forte owning the three point line and Mitchell Solomon ruling the boards. The Cowboys ran up 84 points on Texas, a defense giving up 69.1 per game on the year, a defense built on pressuring you into bad decisions with lots of athletes.A steady dose of offense the Cowboys have leaned on this year is the free throw game, shooting a league-leading 25.8 per game. But that wasn’t the case on Saturday as OSU only shot eight. So how’d they get into the 80s against Texas?I’d contest the answer is a healthy mix of good ball movement/giving Jawun lots of leash (in conjunction with another other-worldly shooting performance).The Pokes had 18 assists against the Horns, highlighted by plays like these:HIGHLIGHTS: Check out how the Cowboys put together last night’s 84-71 win over Texas in GIA today. #okstate pic.twitter.com/iZYntdBTYp— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) February 12, 2017Things just looked easy on Saturday as the Pokes offense was flowing naturally with unselfish guys. Five guys reached double digits, and you could see shades of that West Virginia offense. Shots weren’t forced and guys were aggressive in correct proportions, trends that we hope continue in the coming week.2. The StrawCoach Underwood raved about Jawun post-Arkansas for good reason, the offense flows so much better when he’s on the floor. And right now he’s playing impeccably.I thought he was incredible today. Eight assists, seven rebounds, it was his floor game and the passes up the floor. He got us off to an incredible start. My goodness was he good today. Jawun is the straw that stirs the drink.Early in the season, Jawun was plagued with foul trouble and some minor injuries that he didn’t seem to bounce back from until a few games into Big 12 play. We learned that having No. 1 at the point is comparable to living at a vacation destination — tough to appreciate while you’re there, but painfully apparent once you’re gone. He took the KenPom MVP in four of the last six games.Offensively, what things excite you most about this team? Here’s my best guess:Phil Forte from 26 feetDavon going downhillJeffrey Carroll in a shooting motionCrime Dog man-child momentsJawun with the ball in his hands.Jawun is a darling both statistically and to the untrained eye. He’s second in the league in scoring (18.0 a game), second in assists (5.5 per game), fourth in steals and what I contest may be most important: eighth in assist to turnover ratio (1.9 assists to 1 turnover). He plays point guard for 80 percent of OSU’s offense while putting up KenPom’s 10th-best assist rate in the country. For the extraordinary burden he bears, he’s incredibly efficient and productive.Dat pass! pic.twitter.com/4JfLcEPHy1— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) February 9, 2017One of my favorite things to watch in a game is how he’s nearly always in the right place at the right time. He is 72nd in the country in KenPom’s steal rate, fast breaks start with the ball in the smartest Cowboy’s hands.Think about the OU game winner alone: Evans stole it and made the diving out-of-bounds pass that landed in Forte’s hands. It’s no wonder the guy is considered one of the nation’s top 30 players.THAT JUST HAPPENED pic.twitter.com/QY3EgkWENE— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) January 31, 2017If anybody ever does a highlight reel for Jawun’s dimes and Dillard’s dunks, I’ll be KO’ed faster than Huggy losing at home.DOWN GOES HUGGY! pic.twitter.com/TMEDM61vys— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) February 4, 2017There are almost always more McDonald’s than McDonald’s All-Americans in Stillwater, but boy do we enjoy this one.3. Defensive OpportunityAfter taking on No. 9 Texas, up next are the No. 8 (TCU) and No. 10 (OU) least-efficient offenses in the Big 12 (followed by No. 7 Kansas State and No. 6 Texas Tech). For a Cowboy defense shy on rim protection and overall length, it’s a timely opportunity get some momentum prior to finishing with some offensive powerhouses in Kansas and Iowa State.OU shoots a league-low 41.5 percent from the field, not a lot of Buddy Ball being played in Norman these days. And Sunday the Sooners got some sad news as senior Jordan Woodard, OU’s key offensive player is done for the season. A really good player who will be missed there.And while TCU’s length makes them a bear defensively, their three point percentage is down there with Texas and there’s not a lot of fire power outside of the Eastern European big (KenPom’s 44th-highest offensive rating).KenPom would have you believe these couple of games are winnable (one more than the other), the more difficult coming at a newly-renovated facility for a scrappy TCU team. OU has lost eight of their last ten and it’d be a real disappointment to lose to the last place team but who knows #Bedlam. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Vincent Taylor Signs With Miami for Four Years, $2.55 Million

first_img“At the Combine, they measured my hands at 10½ (inches),” Taylor said. “(I) blocked five field goals (and) my hands played a huge part in that. I think my hands are pretty big. I haven’t met (Ndamukong) Suh yet, but I’m pretty sure his hands would be probably bigger than mine.”He noted again that Suh is a role model for him (at least on the field).“One thing I can say is I can never try to be like him,” said Taylor. “I can only be the best Vincent Taylor I can be. I’ll try to get somethings from him and learn from him to try to make my game better.”[email protected] på #Periscope: Dolphins Live: Vincent Taylor meets with the media https://t.co/MWmBakDM79— Rickard Bergquist (@sportblogg) May 5, 2017As for how he’s fitting in to his new home in South Beach, Taylor said he’s taken a liking to his new head coach Adam Gase.“He’s very straightforward,” Taylor said of his new coach. “I like the two rules that he has. Do the right thing and be on time, and I think you’ll be pretty fine.”Hopefully fine enough that Taylor will be playing regularly on Sundays for the Fins. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Vincent Taylor signed his first NFL contract over the weekend for four years and $2.55 million. Great money if he can earn it. Taylog gets just over $154,000 in guaranteed money and could be cut at any time over the next few months.“This level of play is way different from college,” said Taylor in his debut press conference. “Me coming from high school to college, I was amazed walking into a college locker room, and that’s kind of how it is right now walking into a NFL locker room. It’s different, it’s strictly business. I’m looking forward to coming into here and learning.”We have signed @Kwon_daTRUTH, @cty_5, @AsiataFive4, @BallOut_96 and @IAF_1.https://t.co/QZcW8hNevd— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) May 6, 2017Taylor steps into a situation in which he has an opportunity to thrive. One path to playing time for him is going to be on special teams after his five blocked field goals and extra points last year.last_img read more

OSU was the ‘Perfect School’ for Commit Kanion Williams

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There is genuine excitement in newly committed Kanion Williams’ voice when he talks about football. Williams, a three-star safety out of South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas, committed to Oklahoma State on Friday via Twitter, and he was quick to say why.“It’s the perfect school for my athletic ability,” Williams told PFB. “The way they run cover 3, the way they run their man with one high safety, it’s really based off the coverages that we run at my high school, so it just fits me. And then how they play physical.“They don’t play scared football.”#Theprocess Lets co cowboys @coach_traylor @SOCFootball1 @CoachWarden @CoachGundy @danhammer11 @CoachTimDuffie pic.twitter.com/aRqvd71NaD— *J A C K B O Y* (@slimpick6ix) May 19, 2017Safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt is certainly unafraid. With Williams’ commitment, the Cowboys will have gained six safeties in two recruiting classes. Williams held offers from Missouri, Houston and both Arizona schools among others, but OSU had something that the others did not: A record of success at the position.Williams said last year’s pairing of All-Big 12 First Team honoree Jordan Sterns and four-year starter Tre Flowers is absolutely feeding into not only his commitment, but also the five others.“It feels great knowing that I have more experienced guys that play exactly like me,” he said.Williams said he will try to play more of the Flowers role as a true center fielder. His senior season stats show that he can certainly play that role after posting 62 tackles and three interceptions, one of which he returned for a score.Although he is just 6-foot, he has the athletic ranginess to play in the back third. A look at his Hudl tape shows that clearly, as well as a stunning ability to slap a ball carrier after 20 yards of pursuit.But he will have more than a handful of guys to beat out. That’s a good thing though. He said that’s something that he is looking forward to.“Hopefully that means I have some competition coming in,” Williams said.last_img read more