10 Thoughts On Oklahoma State’s 38-8 Alamo Bowl Win

first_imgBOX SCOREAre we having fun yet? When Mike Gundy said earlier this week that this was the best bowl game, I believed him. Or at least I agreed with him that this was going to be an instant classic. It wasn’t. It wasn’t even close. OSU jumped on Colorado from the start of the 2016 Alamo Bowl and set the tone early and often against the Pac-12 runner up before cruising late to a 38-8 victory.From the first few possessions you could tell OSU did not lack for motivation in its 11th straight bowl appearance, and once Mason Rudolph got the offense cranking, it was game, blouses for the Buffs who looked completely and totally overwhelmed by OSU.Jordan Rules. pic.twitter.com/Z2QEJTYfuj— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016In a lot of ways, it reminded me of OSU’s basketball game against Wichita State a few weeks ago. Oklahoma State punched Colorado in the mouth over and over again like it was playing Mike Tyson Punch-Out on Nintendo. Colorado never had an answer. I’m not even sure Colorado knew what the question was.The Pokes were led by Rudolph on offense as they have been so many times over the last two years. The junior went 22/32 for 314 yards and three TDs before coming out halfway through the fourth quarter. Of those 314 yards, 171 came from James Washington who had to leave in the middle of the third quarter with a hand injury but not before racking up the most receiving yards Colorado has allowed to a receiver all season. At one point in the third quarter he had more yards than Colorado’s entire offense.The OSU defense was stifling and unrelenting all night (more on this in a minute). It gave up a TD halfway through the fourth quarter otherwise it could have tallied its first shutout over a ranked team since … 1958 (!)Colorado scores a TD. #OKState was 5:28 away from its first shutout of a ranked team since … 1958.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) December 30, 2016Let’s get to the 10 thoughts.1. Five years with 10 winsOSU has now had eight 10-win seasons in its 103-year history. Mike Gundy has been the coach of five of them (each coming in the last seven years) and was the quarterback for two others. This Alamo Bowl win will not go down as his greatest win ever, but it’s certainly up there as one of the best games against a top-10 team Gundy’s squads have ever played. The 10-win mark is no small thing, either, as we discussed earlier this week. Here are the teams that have five 10-win seasons in the last seven.Alabama: 7Ohio State: 6Clemson: 6Oklahoma: 6Florida State: 5 (6 if it beats Michigan)Stanford: 5Boise State: 5Wisconsin: 5Oregon: 5Michigan State: 5Northern Illinois: 5Oklahoma State: 5That’s a gaudy list, and Oklahoma State is now a part of it. This win was a big deal because 10 Ws is a huge accomplishment. The fact that it came over a top 10 team makes it even sweeter.2. Oklahoma State’s heady RBsChris Carson and Justice Hill combined for 161 rushing yards on 30 carries (just over five yards a pop). Colorado only allows four yards a rush on the season. The duo also had a pair of TDs, but it wasn’t the big plays that won me over on this night. It was the little ones. The patient, yardage-eating lunges that keep the momentum of a drive going in the right direction are what impress me most about Hill and Carson. Plays like this one:dec-29-2016-22-18-09Last year, Carson would have tried to reverse field and would have lost 10 yards. This year? He falls forward for a gain of three, and the drive ends in a touchdown. It’s the little things.3. Unsung heroesPlayers like Blake Jarwin and Jhajuan Seales don’t get a ton of accolades, but they both did it all on Thursday night. Seales laid wood like he was applying for a job at a lumber company post-playing career and Jarwin ran one of the handful of gorgeous Mike Yurcich-called plays to perfection for six.dec-29-2016-22-28-47Holy Ralphie! Watch Jhajuan Seales. https://t.co/YFsTeRjpKB— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016Justice Hill, Mason Rudolph and James Washington win all the awards, but Oklahoma State is great on offense because it has figured out how to get its bit players to buy into a philosophy. Mike Gundy has somehow figured out how to get everybody on the same page which seems as easy as convincing DQ Osborne to order the salad at McDonald’s “because team pictures are on the horizon.”4. Phillip Lindsay is amazingI wish the long lost Lindsay family member was at Oklahoma State because he was about all CU had going offensively. Lindsay had 166 yards on 20 total touches even as OSU keyed in on him in the second half after Sefo Liufau left (and then came back in) after his injury. It was clear the Buffs were out of options on offense, and Lindsay kept racking up yards. I enjoyed watching him.5. James Washington is more amazingWashington put up 171 on nine catches including a TD and effectively did whatever the hell he wanted to do for two and a half quarters before exiting stage left with a grotesquely-twisted finger.dec-29-2016-22-11-52Washington was going against a future professional football player in Chidobe Awuzie, and he abused him so many times I thought Ish Zamora was involved. Part of the problem for Colorado is that it thought it could single cover Washington for most of the first half (where he made his hay).Mike Gundy estimates Colorado played man coverage on about 15 of 20 plays on James Washington before changing. #alamobowl2016— John Holcomb (@holcombOKBLITZ) December 30, 2016They should have called Pittsburgh. You never single cover James Washington. This is what happens. Man, is he going to be fun next season for his senior campaign.Too easy. 17-0 Pokes. https://t.co/XedMKTwgHS— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016“It was a good secondary, we knew that going in,” said Rudolph. “We felt like they hadn’t been challenged all year. Coach Gundy wanted us to take some shots, challenge them on the outside. We did that. Made big-time plays, receivers came down with it. Made my job a lot easier.”6. Colorado got outclassedQuarterback Sefo Liufau summed it up nicely for the Buffs in the postgame presser.“The game sucked,” said Liufau. “It’s kind of obvious. I don’t know what you guys want me to say. It’s pretty frustrating the way kind of things happened. Just didn’t come out with all things firing. I think in the beginning we moved the ball a lot as an offense but weren’t able to capitalize.”Here’s the thing about playing Colorado. You’re not playing Ole Miss and its 15 pros. You aren’t playing Oklahoma and its 17 pros. You’re playing a team that is a lot like you and has three or five or seven eventual pros. You can get away with popping them (which they clearly weren’t ready for). You are even with them in terms of talent and physicality so if your mindset is what OSU’s mindset was on Thursday, you can torch them.The toughest team sets the rules Period— Zac Veatch (@zveatch) December 30, 2016 “Then defensively I challenged them the first practice in a meeting to blitz, to attack, to be aggressive, to be the most physical team on the field,” said Gundy after the game. “That’s what they did tonight. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it didn’t. But it worked for us tonight.”The question for me, the one I’ll think about all offseason is how you take a game like this against a Tier 2 team like CU and translate it to being dominant against a Tier 1 team like Clemson or OU or Auburn or USC.7. This game begs a lot of questionsMy questions:The one aboveWhat were we doing in Bedlam?Why did OSU appear as if it was motivated by Tony Robbins on Thursday against Colorado and Eeyore the donkey in Bedlam (and the Iowa State game and parts of the Kansas game)?That last one is the perplexing one to me. What is the switch that is flipped where you go from middling team that skates by on late TDs to brute semi-superpower that houses top 10 teams without pros? How do you bottle that? Can you buy it on eBay? Is it hidden in Gundy’s mullet? And can it be diffused intermittently over the next 12 months leading up to the 2017 CFB Playoff?The Bedlam question is more annoying than anything else. It it retrospectively frustrating to look back and feel like OSU had its head in the sand in Norman and emptied the tank for an exhibition game. Carson suggested in our postgame show that maybe Mike Gundy just muted Mike Yurcich for the entire Bedlam game.After watching some of the plays Yurcich called on Thursday, I tend to agree.Yurcich! This play made me weak. pic.twitter.com/Tm7njQHxUF— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 20168. The defensive pressure was insaneIt was mentioned over and over again on Twitter, but Joe Bob Clements deserves a raise. He’s a top three recruiter on this assistant staff, and his defensive line was lights out all year including Thursday night. I loved how much pressure OSU brought from the opening kick. If Sefo Liufau and Steven Montez beat you deep then you drink a bourbon, have a moment and go illegally recruit some JUCO DBs then Sefo Liufau and Steven Montez beat you deep.dec-29-2016-22-14-52But OSU wasn’t going to let them have time, be the more physical team up front and eat up small bits of yardage (which Colorado obviously loves to do). More of this in Big 12 play, please!9. Rudolph’s redemptionNo. 2 went to The President so many times on Thursday, I thought we might have to put “Chief of Staff” on his locker for 2017. It wasn’t just the deep balls to Washington, either. Rudolph was on point to everybody. Distributing dimes like he was Stephon Marbury and this was the late 1990s. As Steven Mandeville pointed out in our preview, Neutral-Site Rudolph is a lot more like Home Rudolph than Road Rudolph.Dimes on dimes on dimes. pic.twitter.com/Z2cggctOOA— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 30, 2016QB1 needed this game, too. After the stink he left trailing up I-35 back to Stillwater after Bedlam, he needed a big boy performance with the whole nation watching. He got it against a secondary accustomed to allowing fewer than 185 yards per game (Rudolph dropped 314), and he has now run his record as a started to 22-6 with 13 (14? 15? 16??) games left to play in his career.10. Come soon, 2017Oh good heavens, I was thinking things about 2017 during this game that would have made even the orangest of OSU fans blush crimson with embarrassment. Here is the reality: Colorado is a good (not great) team. OSU housed them. De-pants them. Fredric Weised them.It was so reminiscent of 2010, it’s almost eerie. The score of OSU’s torching of Arizona that year was 36-10, almost exactly what it was this year. Next year, OSU gets the same schedule (more or less) as it got in 2011. At Texas and Texas Tech. Kansas State, Baylor and OU at home. All of it sets up quite wonderfully.The Cowboys could finish in the AP top 10 this year for just the fourth time ever and will likely be a top 10 team heading into 2017. There are questions (who backs up Justice? who fills in for Jordan and Jordan on defense?), but this will be a prolific offense with a favorable schedule in a questionable conference coming off an elite bowl win.Next season has CFB Playoff run written all over it.We only have to wait eight months to watch it unfold.dec-29-2016-23-21-59 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

The Reload: Oklahoma State Offers Texas A&M Pledge

first_imgThe Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed with the latest surrounding Oklahoma State recruiting with an ear to the ground for what’s to come.Larry Joubert makes it officialNortheastern Oklahoma A&M offensive lineman Larry Joubert, an addition to the 2017 recruiting class who was added after national signing day, made it official on Tuesday in signing his financial aid agreement with the school. Joubert, originally from Douglass High School, is a 6-foot-4, 265 pound prospect listed as an offensive guard.It’s official! ???? pic.twitter.com/NH1GozL99w— Larry Joubert Jr (@The_Joubert) March 21, 2017Joubert is a bit undersized from a weight perspective, and I have general concerns about whether he will make an immediate impact in his first year. He no doubt has the talent, as Mike Gundy himself made the call to add him after Greg Adkins was released. But couple the fact that he won’t be on campus until the summer with him being undersized, I think that means Rob Glass will have his work cut out for him.OSU offers junior college lineman Badara TraoreThis is the second time Oklahoma State has extended an offer to Traore, a stud junior college prospect who is now with ASA College. OSU offered him last year under Adkins when he was a class of 2017 recruit — but it seems he has re-classified to the 2018 class after having been with Nassau Junior College a season ago.This is where Josh Henson’s feel for the recruiting base and connections with recruits might pay off. Although Adkins is gone, Henson was no doubt part of the process in some capacity, although as an analyst he wasn’t able to make contact. The big man out of Brooklyn has more than 25 offers that includes Arkansas, Maryland, Oregon, etc….I love Traore’s size. At 6-foot-8 and 315 pounds, he has a good frame that has been filled out nicely. And his weight will allow him to translate his talent into an offensive tackle at the next level. Generally when you get a prospect that size, they also weigh 350+. So he has some obvious upside that schools are obviously buying into. His first recruitment process never took (after now learning he re-classified, that makes a lot of sense.) So I’m curious to see if Henson can prove his chops getting to the junior college level as well. He’s already shown he can do it with high school prospects.Oklahoma State offers Texas A&M commitThe Cowboys have had a recent trend of losing verbal pledges to the Aggies, but it seems they are trying to give them a taste of their own medicine in this recruiting class. The OSU staff has offered 2018 wide receiver Montel Parker, a Dickinson (Texas) prospect who commited to A&M at the end of February.Parker also holds offer from Oklahoma and Mississippi State. Just a three-star prospect, Parker is an outside receiver with solid size and potential that he’s likely just scratching the surface of.Texas pass-rusher picks up OSU offerOak Ridge (Texas) pass rusher Joseph Ossai’s big month continued on Tuesday, picking up an OSU offer to go with offers from LSU and Mississippi State this month. Listed as a defensive end with close to 30 Division I offers, Oklahoma State joins the likes of Alabama, Texas A&M, yada yada … you get it. He’s a wanted man. And he is currently not committed to a school, although his in-state Aggies are getting 100 percent of the crystal ball votes according to 247sports. 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

Videos: Gundy, Rudolph, Yurcich Talk End of Spring Ball

first_imgMike Gundy, Mike Yurcich and QB1 Mason Rudolph chatted with us on Wednesday about the spring game and what the last month of spring ball has been like. 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

Four-star Safety DeMarvion Overshown Names OSU in Top 15

first_imgAs a junior last season (his first full season at safety), he was named the District 9-3A-II Defensive MVP, racking up 153 tackles, three interceptions, and a fumble recovery for Arp High School. He’s rated as the 109th best prospect nationally in the class of 2018 and the No. 11 safety/outside linebacker. He plays on both sides of the ball for small-school Arp where he starred last season, leading them to an appearance in the Texas Class 3A Division II state semifinals.OSU does not have a commitment at the safety position for 2018, however Texas, who is predicted as the favorite for Overshown, currently holds a safety pledge from five-star prospect Caden Sterns, the younger brother of Jordan. Four-star safety/outside linebacker DeMarvion Overshown has cut his list in half, announcing on Thursday he’s whittled his list to 15 schools: Texas A&M, Baylor, Auburn, Florida State, OU, Arkansas, Florida, OSU, Ohio State, TCU, Clemson, Texas, Alabama, LSU and Stanford.Overshown is a monster pass-rusher who can get after the quarterback off the edge in a hurry, but will likely drop into the secondary as a pass protector in college. 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

How Good is Oklahoma State as a Ranked Team and Against Ranked Teams?

first_imgOklahoma State is going to be playing a lot of games as a ranked team this year. Hopefully all of them. We already looked at how Mike Gundy fares as a top 25 team and against top 25 teams, but let’s break that down a little further. Here are some records for OSU in the Gundy era. I used CFB Reference which uses the AP Poll at the time of the game.When Oklahoma State is …Unranked: 43-27 (61%)Ranked in the top 25: 60-23 (72%)Ranked in the top 20: 49-19 (72%)Ranked in the top 15: 33-17 (66%)Ranked in the top 10: 16-8 (66%)Ranked in the top 5: 6-3 (66%)AdChoices广告When Oklahoma State plays …Unranked teams: 84-20 (81%)Top 25 teams: 20-30 (40%)Top 15 teams: 11-25 (31%)Top 10 teams: 6-15 (29%)What about home and away?When OSU is top 25 at home: 30-9 (77%)When OSU is top 25 on the road/neutral: 30-14 (68%)When OSU faces top 25 at home: 12-14 (46%)When OSU faces top 25 on road: 8-16 (33%)MiscellaneousWhen OSU and opponent are ranked: 13-15 (46%)When OSU is top 20 and opponent is ranked: 13-14 (48%)When OSU is top 10 and opponent is ranked: 6-6 (50%)When OSU and opponent are both top 10: 2-4 (33%)There is not a lot that pops here. I suppose you would like to see a better record against top 25 teams. OSU only wins two out of every five games it plays against the top 25. But again, many of those came in the early days of the Gundy era when OSU was lousy. The “when OSU and opponent are ranked” record doesn’t exactly flip the narrative, though.I think the encouraging thing is that OSU has traditionally (under Gundy) been a really good top 20 team. Their loses as a top 10 team have traditionally come when they’ve been a bit overrated (i.e. 2015) which I don’t really think they are to start out the year.Two other encouraging notes: OSU has been good against top 10 teams (compared to what I would imagine the national average is) and good against top 25 teams on the road — teams have only won 23 percent of games against OSU when OSU is a top 25 team at home and OSU has won 33 percent against top 25 teams on the road).The (hopefully) fun part? We’ll be able to update this after the first game as OSU goes into the Tulsa tilt as the AP No. 10 team in the country. 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: Tyron Johnson Scores OSU’s First TD of the Season

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. OSU’s opening drive of the season was everything you could’ve expected.The Cowboys strung together an 8-play, 74-yard drive that spanned only 2 minutes and resulted in a deep ball to none other than Tyron Johnson — the LSU transfer receiver — who bagged it for six points from 44 yards out. Take a look.WATCH: Welcome to the SEAson of Orange! Rudolph to Tyron Johnson to start the night for #OKState! #MA2ON pic.twitter.com/lAutT6MuwB— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) August 31, 2017AdChoices广告Johnson sat out the 2016 season due to NCAA transfer rules after logging just 150 yards through the air as a freshman with the Tigers, but despite the down time, he doesn’t look like he’s dealing with any rust in his new threads in orange and black.last_img read more