Cowboys Get Rolled in Bedlam

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. Bedlam: A scene of uproar and confusion.There was much uproar on Saturday night in a rowdy Boone Pickens Stadium, but the Oklahoma Sooners left no confusion as to who the better team was, dominating the Cowboys 58-23.Forget the fact that No. 2 only played a few snaps, and his only completion went to the other team for a touchdown. The Cowboys played generally uninspired football and their inability to tackle, wrap up, or drag down anyone wearing crimson caught up quickly. The Sooners ripped off two 60+ yard dashes in the first half that gashed the Cowboy defense and exposed the inability to defend the run yet again.AdChoices广告The Sooners came out firing from the beginning and, just as much of the season has gone, the Cowboys were left playing from behind with a predictable offense and again no sign of a running game.Walsh played his heart out, and I don’t think he could have done much more than what he was asked. He played a heck of a game, but big plays by the Sooners were too much to overcome.The regular season will conclude with a 10-2 record, and will hopefully have the benefit of a healthy Mason Rudolph to take into bowl season.last_img read more

Five Things We Learned in Bedlam 2015

first_imgOklahoma State got smoked in Bedlam this year and OU looked like the best team in the country. It’s hard to walk away thinking anything else. Still, even though we’re 12 games deep, we still learned some stuff about both teams. Here are five things Kyle and I learned during Bedlam 2015.1. Mason Rudolph’s injury was wildly underplayed (KP)We knew Mike Gundy was underplaying it after he called it an ankle sprain (LOL, Mike). But even the folks Kyle and I talked to about the broken bone in Rudolph’s foot seemed to have downplayed its severity (given it kept Rudolph from playing almost entirely).That has me less concerned about the outcome of Bedlam and more concerned about the future. OSU will go as The Franchise goes. I just hope he keeps going.AdChoices广告2. Baker Mayfield is even better in person (KP)I legitimately never got upset at not tackling him because I legitimately never thought OSU was going to tackle him. Dude is a baller. I respect that. Even though him hoisting a Heisman will be nauseating.GIVE HENRY 146 CARRIES NEXT WEEK, SABAN!3.Our conditioning is not so good (KB)For all the hype and buzz the strength and condition program rightfully earns each year, this team was flat out gassed going into Bedlam. It was noticeable on the field. It was a concern headed into the game and I didn’t put much weight into it, but this was the worst shape I’ve seen the team in a long time.4. Talent wins out, most of the time (KB)Kyle wrote about this earlier and I have to agree. As a guy who follows recruiting religiously, it can be frustrating that the Cowboys consistently chase second-tier talent because they “fit a system” and can develop into good players through the program. It’s true, Mike Gundy can develop two-star guys into really good players, but talent wins out in most cases. In both the Baylor and OU game, OSU simply had less talent on the field.5. James Washington is a baaaaaad man (KP)Washington made J.W. Walsh look like Matthew Stafford on Saturday on a couple of his catches. He took a match to OU’s secondary and every second of it was awesome. Also, this was my favorite tweet of the night.Washington is a bad man— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes5) November 29, 2015One thing we didn’t learn and some people may never learn. How in the world OU lost to Texas. 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

Mike Holder Is Fired up for the Sugar Bowl

first_imgOklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder is fired up to play in New Orleans on New Year’s Day. He’s not the only one, by the way. OSU’s players are pretty stoked as well. But Holder is really jacked up (as he should be).“There are going to be thousands of Cowboys in New Orleans,” Holder told The Advocate. “Christmas has come early for us.”It certainly did.“We are very excited to compete in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, where a very notable chapter in our program’s history was written 70 years ago,” added Holder. “What a great reward for our players, coaches, alumni and fans to ring in the New Year while enjoying the world famous food and hospitality of New Orleans.”AdChoices广告Here’s a recap of that Sugar Bowl from January 1946 and the 9-0 OSU team that won it.The main reason Holder is pumped, though? Think about how much easier it is to sell tickets to the Sugar Bowl than to the Russell Wilson Sweatpants Bowl!(wait until the end)Video Playerhttp://fat.gfycat.com/FlickeringAstonishingHowlermonkey.webm00:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 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

Brandon Weeden Takes Hilarious Shot at Jerry Jones, Likely Gets Benched

first_imgWeeden on Jerry Jones: “If (Bengals) win, we’ll be playing in the playoffs and he’ll be watching from his couch”. (on @FranchiseOK )— Mike (@StuffMikeDoes) December 28, 2015On Sunday, Weeden talked about settling in with Houston.“We came out the first possession of the second half and ran the routes with six or seven yards of separation. From there, I think we just got comfortable. I’ve only been here for a month and so – get in a rhythm, get comfortable, start seeing things slowing things down. It starts with getting early and easy completions.”“We needed this one,” Weeden said. “As a team, we needed this one. It feels good personally, (but) I’m more excited for this team.” 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. Brandon Weeden led the Houston Texans to a big win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. As a reward he is likely getting … benched for the final game of the season. The Texans have all but locked up a playoff spot but it probably won’t be Weeden leading them.“Brandon’s done a really good job,” head coach Bill O’Brien said. “He did a good job in the Indy game, did a good job (Sunday) but if Brian (Hoyer’s) healthy and clear he’s our starter.”For his part, Weeden partook in the win on Sunday and enjoyed sticking it to that other Texas NFL team up north.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Gundy May be Looking for Kickoff Specialist Through Walk-On Tryouts

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. Despite the success kickoff specialist Ben Grogan experienced last season handling kickoffs and field goals, Mike Gundy told reports last week that he is essentially open for new ideas to improve the kicking game – specifically in kickoff.“We need to find a guy that can kick the ball out of the end zone,” Mike Gundy told The Oklahoman. “There’s got to be somebody on this campus that’s a soccer player or something that we can find, come over and kickoff for us. If anybody can do it and kick the ball in the end zone, then they can play for us.”According to footballdb.com, Ben Grogan’s 60.1 yard per kickoff average ranks fourth worst in the FBS last season (in front of Baylor!), but it’s clearly an area that could improve, despite 22 touchbacks last season.Via Kyle Fredrickson, OSU will host 40-to-60 potential walk-ons for tryouts this spring.last_img read more

Fall Camp Update: Where Is OSU With Defensive Line Depth?

first_imgBerry Tramel wrote a good piece in the Oklahoman today about how it’s a strange world to live in where Oklahoma State has legitimate defensive line depth. This is true, but it’s also been sort of true for the last few years. I remember writing for let’s say the past three that 1998 me would have his jaw drop at some of the defensive tackles OSU has these days.I’ve written about how I think the defensive end position could be an issue, but what I’m starting to realize is that the defensive tackle might make up for that and depth might cover up a multitude of inexperience.“[The defensive end position has] got to sort itself out,” said defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements on Tuesday. “We’ve got a lot of guys competing right now. Probably five guys stand out right now, between Trey Carter, Jarrell Owens, Jordan Brailford, Cole Walterscheid and Tralund Webber so it’s got to sort itself out. There are some guys to choose from, but we’re going to need some guys to step up to help us win on Saturdays.”It’s nice to have options though, and OSU will seemingly roll deep at the DE slots. And like I said, the interior on defense is going to be the stronghold anyway.“I think Vincent’s doing a good job of being a leader for us,” added Clements. “I think (Motekai) Maile is doing a good job. Leadership is two-fold. You’ve got to lead from the front, and you’ve also got to lead from behind. We’ve got to get some young guys to do that also.”Mike Gundy also mentioned the defensive tackles last week at fan appreciation day.“Well, they work together, along with the linebackers,” said Gundy. “They’re all kind of running the same role. Fortunately, this year, we’re legitimately two deep at the tackle spot where we feel like we can roll those guys in. That’s a nice addition for us, something we haven’t had the last several years. Between those inside players and the backers, hopefully they can help us bring those ends along.“I think Joe Bob (Clements) has done a really good job recruiting, and he’s evaluated. Rob Glass has developed players, and we’ve had some good luck in keeping them around … We should have a pretty good run for quite a while. We have some younger guys that may not show it this year, but can play. I think it’s just based on being able to identify the players that come into the program that we can develop and them staying with us.”So the future looks good, but so does the present at defensive tackle. Taylor is obviously a freak. Vili Leveni is back. DeQuinton Osborne will help. We will look more closely at this position in the coming weeks, but for now I’m pretty encouraged.“We could be [deeper on defense this year],” said Gundy. “We need to develop another corner to make me feel a little better, but in the front seven, we have guys that by midseason could give us quality playing time in conference play. We have key positions that we need players to stay healthy, like always, but if we’re fortunate we could be deeper on defense by midseason.” 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

A Look At The 2016 Big 12 Starting QBs (Part 3)

first_imgWe looked at Part 1 here, Part 2 here and Kyle P. made fun of Texas’ QB situation here. Now on to Part 3. The bottom tier of starting QBs in the Big 12 (which could still turn out to be pretty good).Texas, Shane Buechele, Fr. (others competing include Tyrone Swoopes, Jerrod Heard)Charlie Strong has yet to pick his starting QB in a year in which he must win or will likely be fired. The early favorite is Buechele, the freshman QB who ranked as the No. 13 QB recruit in last year’s class. Buechele has reportedly shown the ability to lead, compete, and has shown off his athletic process in practice. One look at his high school tape shows just how electrifying he can be.Buechele is a little undersized at 6’1 but has an easy motion and a pretty deep ball. He also has the ability to take off and move around in the pocket quickly, which makes him tough to bottle up. It remains to be seen if the freshman can produce in his first season of college football, but Texas may have finally found its answer at QB after years of searching.Kansas State — Alex Delton, Jesse Ertz, Joe HubenerLooking for a QB battle even more open than TCU? Kansas State has three contenders for their starting QB position, including two who were lost to season-ending knee injuries in 2015.Alex Delton: the redshirt freshman was injured after just two games his freshman year, but was the top QB recruit in Kansas and the 23rd-best dual-threat QB in the country by Rivals coming out of high school. Delton is a little undersized at 6’0, but likes to get outside and run, which can make him tough to gameplan for.Jesse Ertz: Ertz was the victim of poor luck last year. After winning the starting job for the Wildcats out of fall camp, Ertz suffered a season-ending knee injury the very first play from scrimmage. Ertz is a more traditional pocket passer at 6’3 who broke the Iowa state record for career passing touchdowns with 98 in 2012. Ertz will look to re-win the starting job again in 2016.Joe Hubener: Hubener stepped in last year due to injuries and played below average, throwing 10 interceptions to 9 touchdowns and just a 107.3 QBR. Hubener does have some experience after starting 11 games last year, and will look to keep his starting spot this year.Iowa State — Joel Lanning, So.Lanning took over towards the end of last season for the Cyclones, finishing with 10 TD’s and 4 picks in 11 games played. Lanning was unspectacular but showed some promise in a few games in 2015, putting up 27 points against Baylor after entering the game, beating Texas 24-0 while throwing for 188 yards and running for 64 more, and nearly upsetting the Cowboys after rushing for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. Lanning likes to get out and make plays with his feet, which is good considering Iowa State’s line struggled mightily at times and may not be too stout in 2016 either.Kansas, Ryan Willis, So.Willis is a sophomore out of Bishop Miege in Kansas City, a former three-star recruit who threw for 9 touchdowns and 10 picks as a freshman in 2015. Willis is a pocket passer but often did not have hardly any time to throw behind KU’s awful offensive line last year. Willis did suffer a setback this off-season when he fractured his wrist in a pick up basketball game, but is back on the field now and looking healthy again. Willis will look to improve as a Sophomore and get Kansas in the win column this year, after going winless as a freshman. 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

RESULTS: Over 90 Percent Think Rudolph is Better Pro Prospect Than Mayfield

first_imgWho is a better pro prospect? Todd McShay says Baker > Mason. https://t.co/PynBXM5oyhDo you agree? Vote.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 22, 2016Swaggypaw: Rudolph, and it’s no contest. Taller, stronger arm, heavier. Runs a more traditional pro style offense. Steadier demeanor (it makes a difference, particularly in the pros where the rah rah only gets you so far). Not to say Mayfield couldn’t end up being a Drew Brees/Russell Wilson type, but on pure potential, it’s Rudolph.Big D: Rudolph has prototypical size and attributes. However, Mayfield isn’t 5’10, he’s 6’1. That’s short for an NFL qb, but not too short. More like RG3 than Drew Brees on the height scale. So I can understand why they are projecting Mayfield higher since he’s been better in college. His height isn’t as big a minus as its being made out to be.However, scouts really don’t care who was good in college. They look at prospects like pieces of meat…specimens. Rudolph will be a big hit with the scouts but theres another caveat: coaches don’t care what scouts think. They just want dudes they know can play. So a lot of times a team will grab a guy based on scouts raving but other times the coach is in love with a guy and that’s who they take. Neither proves who will have the better career. Just more than one way of looking at it.Justin Freeman: Mason is still immature and makes young guy mistakes, but is a more polished thrower. Baker is going to have to rework mechanics. More surprising than the actual results of this poll is how many people voted in it. I’m with you guys, I don’t really think this is a question. I’m not alone either. The guys at Pro Football Focus do a good job of bridging the gap between the college and pro ranks. Here’s what they said about Rudolph the other day.It’s a similar story for Oklahoma State as the passing offense features a number of talented receivers while QB Mason Rudolph didn’t get the attention he deserves after finishing with the fifth-best passing grade in the nation last season. Another strong year could have Rudolph knocking the door down at the Heisman ceremony while also putting himself into first-round consideration in the draft.My knees. They’re weak. Anyway, here are the poll results with some of your commentary below. 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: Mason Rudolph’s First TD Pass of the Season Was a Gem

first_imgI’m already irrational. Mason Rudolph rolling out and throwing the wrong way perfectly to Jhajuan Seales for six? OSU is up 21-0 early on Southeastern Louisiana, and Rudolph looks pretty awesome.Mike Gundy did warn us this was the first time he’s felt like Rudolph really knew what he was doing, and the announcers noted that Gundy challenged Rudolph to lose 10 lbs. this year. He looks nimble and on point. I’m pumped.WATCH: Fantastic grab by Jhajuan Seales to give #OKState a 21-0 lead! pic.twitter.com/2dZ3m9f7et— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 3, 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

Poll Results: Majority Of OSU Fans Give OSU a ‘B’ At Halfway Point

first_imgI was surprised that only 2 percent of fans gave OSU an ‘A’ for the season it is having so far. I actually considered it, and I consider myself to be, if not cynical, then definitely in the “realistic” category. In fact, I saw more people wishing there was a button for ‘F’ than those who voted for an ‘A.’This is all about expectations though. OSU is three plays from being 6-0, and people want to give them a ‘F’? The only logic I can see behind this is that your expectations were that OSU would actually be 6-0 over the first half of the season. You came in expecting a Big 12 title. These certainly were not unrealistic expectations, and maybe OSU hasn’t lived up to what we thought it would be so far this year.But I’m also interested in how differently we would grade a 5-1 team than a 4-2 team. Same exact team, but those look like vastly different records. Anyway, I’m with the majority and give the team a B thus far. Have they looked stellar? No. But they are a blown call and two fumbles from 6-0.I think maybe expectations are a little out of whack when it comes to OSU football. Your poor grading should actually come for the way OSU recruits. It almost always gets the most out of its talent, and a lot has to break OSU’s way to win 10 ballgames. A lot has to break anyone’s way to win 10 ballgames. Maybe I’m just getting soft as I get older, but I don’t really think this team has been that bad so far.Am I frustrated that it doesn’t house teams it should house? Yes, I am. But I have also gotten used to the fact that it is just going to play a lot of (and win most) close games. That just sort of is what it is at this point. Anyway, comments and reaction below (the last one killed me!)Poll question Tuesday: What grade do you give #okstate’s football team halfway through the year?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 11, 2016Justin: B- is my grade. I think we’re a nice team and in the upper half of the Big12, but this team hasn’t shown that its ready to step up and be the big dog in the conference, which was my hope given what we returned this year.Adam M: It has everything to do with how you saw this team coming into the season. Initially I thought 9-3 was attainable. After the CMU debacle and losing to Baylor I’d be realistically happy with 7-5/8-4 and a bowl game. I assumed all the loses would be toward the end because I can’t remember the last time the team got to the end of a season without taking significant injuries and losing noticeable stamina.This usually translates to losses on the back end (not to mention the schedule in recent years gets increasingly difficult as the season wears on, this year doesn’t seem to be much different) . C- seems appropriate here based on my initial expectations of overall performance. I’d be wildly ecstatic if they ended 9-3 this year.Ferguson: Another mediocre-coached Cowboy squad. We all know what to expect, they’ll win most of the games left on the schedule and then get blown out it Bedlam (or lose a close one they shouldn’t). We’ll give Mike Gundy a 50 year contract extension and call Boone Pickens an idiot.Clint: I’d say right now we’re the B kid who sits in the back of class, doesn’t try hard until the end of the semester, then surprises everyone with a 3.75. But, hopefully that kid eventually realizes he could be a really good student if he’d just focus…I don’t know where I’m going with this anymore…JT: C. Defense leaves way too much to be desired. We let trams like Pitt and Iowa St surpass 450 – 600 Yards of offense on us. Not good. I was confident in an 8 – 4 season before it started. 7 – 5 seems more realistic at this point until we get a Defense. Looking at you Glenn.T-Bone: I thought we were going to have a really good team this year. I have not been impressed. Rudolph is throwing a lot of floater balls that don’t have a good spiral on them. He can drop some good ones but overthrows and wobbly throws don’t inspire confidence. We do have good receivers to catch them. Hill shows us why Childs and Carson couldn’t make it. They were just a step slow and could not make that cut inside. Hill gives us that and Sanders gives us some experience. Se we have a semblance of a run game. The play-calling is still suspect.The defensive line does pretty god but the secondary is appalling. I also don’t get why we are so slow in making adjustments on the field. I thought Spencer in the booth would help but I see the same thing. All game long they burn us repeatedly and then we make the adjustment in the 4th quarter and stop them. Why not in the second or third series?At this rate we will beat most bad teams (KU), toss up with mediocre teams like ourselves (KSU, TCU, TT) , and lose to the good teams (WVU, OU) with maybe an occasional lucky win. So that means 3-4 more losses and a 4th or 5th place finish out of 10 teams. Mediocre.Mark: Well, if A+ is Alabama, and F is Kansas, Then I’d have to give the Pokes a B- or C+. The win against Texas is quickly becoming not-so-special, and the rest of the games have been frustrating even in victory.Jason Sutton: I’m so confused by this team I cannot even offer a grade 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

Sinor, Taylor Grab Big 12 Player of the Week Honors

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. Finally Zach Sinor is getting some respect!Sinor joined Vincent Taylor as a Big 12 Player of the Week this week. Sinor for special teams. Taylor on the defensive side. Sinor downed three of his four punts inside WVU’s 20 and Taylor had 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble to bring his yearly sack total to 4.5.The lateral king causes a fumble. #okstate in business. https://t.co/7utSiCk45e— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016 Vincent Taylor, beast. https://t.co/kktJ0wRIcZ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 29, 2016Both players have been absurd all year. Sinor’s numbers are pretty staggering. He’s punted 39 times, has 13 fair catches, 23 punts inside the 20 and just one touchback. One! Sinor for Heisman!“Our coverage units were excellent, our punter was excellent,” said Mike Gundy on Saturday after OSU’s 37-20 win. “We missed one field goal, but our return game was good. If you’re sound in special teams and you don’t turn the ball over, then you get a chance each week.”This is Sinor’s second selection this season and the duo represents OSU’s seventh and eighth selections for a weekly Big 12 honor this year. Here is that list:Sept. 19 – James Washington – Big 12 Offensive Player of the WeekSept. 19 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekSept. 26 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 3 – Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24  — Justice Hill – Big 12 Newcomer of the WeekOct. 24 – Ben Grogan – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Vincent Taylor – Big 12 Defensive Player of the WeekOct. 31 – Zach Sinor – Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Weeklast_img read more

Poll Results: OSU Fans Most Concerned About K-State Game

first_imgI asked, you answered. The Kansas State game was voted Oklahoma State’s most likely to lose on the remainder of their schedule. I agree. It’s probably the only one OSU won’t be favored in (depending on how the TCU game shakes out), and OSU has only won once there since 1988.Kansas State has also won 81 percent of its games at home since 1990. I know that has nothing to do with this year’s team, but I’m pretty sure Mike Gundy knows he’s in for a war on Saturday.Or at least that’s what he’s preached to his players.“It’s a tough place to go to and they’re very disciplined and they don’t make mistakes,” said lineman Zach Crabtree. “Coach Gundy has talked about that and so we have to play a clean game. That’s what will give us a chance to go up there and beat them.“Coach Gundy compares it to a boxing match and that’s what it’ll be like. They’re going to get their punches and we’re going to get ours, but we just have to keep chipping away and at the end of the fight, we just need to have a little bit more than they do.”“They’ve always been a physical group, and that’s kind of what (Kansas State coach Bill) Snyder’s always been about,” added quarterback Mason Rudolph. “They’re a well-disciplined unit and a good team all around, especially on the defensive side of the ball.”Which game is #okstate most likely to lose before making it to Norman for a potential B12 title match?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 1, 2016On to your comments.Laith: K State. We’re coming off a big win. And it’s never ever easy against K State, home or away. Not to mention we haven’t won there in how many years? I actually feel much better about Tech at home with their lack of defense and running game. And TCU is just laying an egg this year.BJ: K-State easy pick here. Always play us well, especially in Manhattan. And let’s face it, nobody is talking about it, but TCU had been very mediocre since joining Big 12 other than the last 2 years of Boykin running the air raid. 7-6 in 2012, 4-8 in 2013, and 4-4 this year.KS Pokes Fan: K-State by a big margin. The Snydercats won’t beat themselves. We will have to stop the run and that doesn’t seem likely. K-State will try to control the tempo of the game as they always do. We can’t score if they have the ball. Then comes the OU game. Their running game will be hard to stop. 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

Throwback Thursday: When Barry Refused a Record at Kansas State

first_imgBarry Sanders rushed 37 times for 320 yards and three TDs in 1988 at Kansas State as Oklahoma State thrashed the Wildcats 45-27. The Cowboys have beaten KSU just once in Manhattan since that game. It was a special game, too, as Mike Gundy and Pat Jones recall.“It was another man among boys deal,” said Pat Jones. “It was always big when Barry went back to Kansas. Because more of his family was around him. He is a native of Kansas. Once it started with him, he just literally ran wild.”Barry’s numbers are astonishing no matter how you look at them, but Gundy said what left a lasting impression on him that day was something Barry didn’t do.How good was Barry Sanders?2016 #okstate team: 304 rushes for 1,091 yards1988 Barry: 373 rushes for 2,850 yards— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 3, 2016“In the middle of the third quarter there were 8-10 minutes left,” said Gundy. “We were way ahead, and they came over and told him if he went back out he could break George Rogers rushing record at South Carolina.”Note: I don’t know what record Gundy is talking about here. Rogers didn’t even hold the single-game record at his own school much less the NCAA. And Sanders had already surpassed Rogers’ best single-game total by 80 yards. Maybe it was a single-season mark? Rogers ran for 1,894 yards in 1980, but that certainly wasn’t a NCAA record. Anyway …“We were so far ahead he said he didn’t want to go back in the game, just let the other guys play,” added Gundy. “Records didn’t mean anything to him. Individual accomplishments weren’t important to him.“All he had to do was go back out for one more series and he would have gained another 50 or 60 years because they hadn’t been able to tackle him the entire game. He didn’t even go back out or he would have broken George Rogers’ record at that time.”The highlights are amazing. The GIFs even better. Hopefully it’s a Throwback Thursday that will stir OSU’s chances in Manhattan this weekend a little bit. It is 1-8 since that day. 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

Blake Jarwin’s Explosiveness and Consistency Important For OSU In 2016

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. Blake Jarwin not only had a career game with 96 yards and a touchdown, it was the best game by an OSU “tight end” since Blake Jackson was had multiple triple-digit performances back in 2012.“When you have some one on the inside who can do what he did, safeties aren’t able to cheat all the way out and try to guard the outside guys,” James Washington told the Stillwater News Press. “They’ve got to start respecting him, too, because if not he will do exactly what he did today.”Jarwin’s 17.64 yards per reception is second on the team only to James Washington’s 19.48 average this year (sophomore Cowboy Back Keenen Brown does have a 23.50 average but on only two catches). Jarwin has catches in each of the last three games. All four of them have been for 20+ yards. This opens up the field for Rudolph as well as his stable of RBs.The former walk-on has become a consistent outlet for Mason Rudolph. In Jarwin’s previous career-best game earlier this year against Texas, he had three huge third-down plays that were crucial to OSU’s win over Texas as I wrote here for Cowboys Ride For Free.On the opening drive, before Justice Hill’s 30-yard touchdown run that lit up Twitter, the Cowboys faced third down and 6 on their own 40-yard line. Mason Rudolph threw it to Jarwin who made a man miss and went 17 yards, keeping the drive alive.On the next drive, Jarwin made a 13-yard catch on third down and 10 from the Cowboy 30-yard line. Again he kept a drive alive that ended this time with James Washington “going house” on a 54-yard play which we will see for years to come on YouTube compilations.The Cowboy Back has seen an increased role in the Cowboys’ offense and one of the biggest reasons for that has been the consistency of Blake Jarwin. As the Cowboys moved away from the wide-open Air Raid of Dana Holgorsen and Todd Monken, Mike Gundy wanted to implement a more pro-style system featuring a tight end. The idea was to recruit players who could fit both the tight end and fullback role.Blake Jarwin has been the poster child of the three-year old hybrid position named “Cowboy Back” by its position coach Jason McEndoo.Saturday started off with a bang for Jarwin. His first catch went for 54 yards and the Cowboys’ second touchdown of the day to give them a 14-13 lead in the second quarter. His next play in the same quarter went for 42 yards.last_img read more

Winners and Losers From The Oklahoma State-Kansas State Game

first_imgBack at it with winners and losers from Oklahoma State’s huge win over Kansas State over the weekend.Kyle PorterWinner: Bob Bowlsby — How lucky is the Big 12 that it has gotten a de facto title game in almost every season since it went to the round robin schedule? With Oklahoma State’s win, that dream is still alive this year as the Pokes and Sooners hurtle towards a clash in Norman on December 3.Loser: Kansas State’s defense — We get all bent out of shape about Glenn Spencer and Co. How do you think KSU fans feel? Their team gave up 10 (!) yards a play on Saturday to Mike Yurcich’s often-maligned offense. On a day when OSU gifted them a win, they couldn’t take advantage of it.Also: They became the first team to give up at least six and a half rushing yards per carry to Oklahoma State since Iowa State in 2013.Winner: The Jumpman brand — Just look at all this free marketing from serial big-play-maker Blake Jarwin.They don’t call @Jaws_47 #AirJaws for nothing‼️ He even casts his own #jumpman logo when he goes up 4 the ? ???? pic.twitter.com/KKUxlK3PkK— Jason McEndoo (@JasonMcEndoo) November 7, 2016Kyle CoxWinner: Blake Jarwin — He had a career game in only two catches. His 96 yards were the most of any OSU TE since Blake Jackson in 2012. And he had added to his collection of MJ poses.Winner: Mike Yurcich — He really has had a good year regardless of those stuck on hating him. He called a wonderful game against WVU and followed it up with a good one in Manhattan. Those two interceptions made a big dent in how this one looked.Loser: The Purple Wizard — This was the one of those games Bill Snyder doesn’t lose in his own “Family Stadium.” As Kyle Porter pointed out this is the first loss in 26 when he wins the turnover battle at least 3-1.Loser: Barry J. Sanders — Barry actually had a couple of really good running plays but that muffed punt. Yeesh. Not to be too harsh but punt returning is his main job at this point. Can’t have those types of mental errors.Sam AldrichWinner: Air Jarwin — Blake hauled in two huge catches for 96 yards and a touchdown, including a 54-yarder. Jarwin is not often used in the passing game in the offense, but made some huge plays to help the Cowboys steal a win they probably shouldn’t have on the road.They don’t call @Jaws_47 #AirJaws for nothing‼️ He even casts his own #jumpman logo when he goes up 4 the ? ???? pic.twitter.com/KKUxlK3PkK— Jason McEndoo (@JasonMcEndoo) November 7, 2016Ed. note: We all love Blake Jarwin.Loser: Glenn Spencer — I was flabbergasted at how easily the Wildcats ran the ball up and down the field. QB Jesse Ertz ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns all by himself, and overall, the Wildcat offense ran for 345 yards on 56 carries!The Cowboys should have loaded up the box and dared Ertz to throw and beat them over the top, but instead played back and got manhandled all day long. The poor game plan from Spencer almost cost the Cowboys a valuable win, and his job feels less secure each week. Here comes Patty Mahomes!Carson CunninghamWinner: QB1 — He is becoming the quarterback OSU fans hoped for when he showed flashes of brilliance as a baby-faced freshman. The dirty little secret was he didn’t play as well on the road (10 TD, 10 INT before Saturday) but he erased that narrative with his finest performance outside of Payne County.screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-10-01-31-amSure, he still misses the easy throws while dropping 50-yard dimes but when it’s all said and done, he may be the best QB to sit on the neon palm throne.Loser: Glenn Spencer — The tide is turning. Twitter used to feature incessant “FIRE YURCICH!” tweets, but the focus is shifting dramatically to Spencer.The frustration is warranted. The lack of preparation for K-State’s one-dimensional offense, combined with the lack of adjustments was simply maddening. How do you not stack the box and dare Jesse Ertz to beat you? It was baffling.When you look at OSU’s players on defense – they look the part – but the results this season do not reflect it.Winner: Sugar Loaf Daniels — He went the distance! How high will Spencer jump up and down watching this on film? I think Darrion Daniels earned some carries with those wheels!Now I’m dreaming of a Check Engine Light backfield. Think about it: Vincent Taylor running the option on the goal line, flicks it to Sugar Loaf for the touchdown. Make it happen, Mikey Y. 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

Mason Rudolph: ‘We Just Control What We Can Control’

first_imgHe’s right about the rushing. It was just OSU’s fifth 300-yard game on the ground since 2010. An incredible performance by all parties, and Justice Hill and Chris Carson were magnificent. Rudolph was pretty strong with his legs as well as he scampered for one TD and bulled his way to another.He now has these stats on the year:64% completions326 yards per game29 total TDs4 INTHe’s also approaching the rare 4,000-yard club through the air. He needs around 500 yards in Bedlam and the bowl game to join Brandon Weeden as the only two OSU QBs to ever do it. And about that bowl game (and backdoor CFB Playoff appearance).“You know I think we just control what we can control,” said Rudolph. “We played our butts off and you know really, really proud of our team and we’re looking forward to going into an off week, getting healthy and playing for a Big Te….Big 12 championship. That’s all we’re worried about.”The Freudian slip was terrific. The 10-1 record even better. Mason Rudolph was 17/34 for 207 yards and a TD and another 23 yards on seven carries (and 2 TDs) on the ground. It was a good (not great) road performance for QB1 who moved to 21-5 as a starter and 15-0 against teams in the Big 12 not named Baylor.He spoke with FS1’s Bruce Feldman after the game about what made OSU click on offense and what his thoughts are on the CFB Playoff rankings.“I think our defense played great all day got us a lot of key turnovers there in the second half,” said Rudolph. “Really proud of those guys. You know, combine that with running the ball for over 300 yards was big time and really proud of those guys up front.” 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

Bedlam Features Two of the Hottest Teams In The Country

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. Bedlam next Saturday will feature two of the hottest teams in the country. Neither school lost in October or November as they hurtled towards a de facto conference championship game. But it’s not just the Big 12 where they’re succeeding. OU and Oklahoma State have two of the current longest winning streaks nationally as well.Here are the top six.Alabama: 24Western Michigan: 14USC: 8Penn State: 8Oklahoma: 8Oklahoma State: 7Alabama, my gosh. Also, somebody hire P.J. Fleck.Oklahoma State and Oklahoma have won a combined 15 in a row. Somebody is going to be scorching hot heading into the postseason (likely the Sugar Bowl) with a final leaping off point of a Bedlam win.Might the momentum of each team be stymied by the off week and Thanksgiving? Perhaps, but it’s doubtful. I think it’s actually difficult to lose the flow this time of year. If anything, the bye week will provide a re-grouping of sorts — more time to watch film and more time to mentally and physically prepare for what should be one of the great Bedlams ever.“Everyone is focused on the team. We all know what we’re playing for and we all know what’s at stake,” OU safety Steven Parker told the Norman Transcript. “It’s about being smart this week and being safe throughout the holiday and coming back with an edge.”last_img read more

A Deep Dive Into Bedlam History

first_imgGundy Era 6 (50 percent)OU Wins: 5OSU Wins: 1That’s a pretty good barometer of where Gundy has taken the program. Again, we would really prefer more wins, but that means the Cowboys are in position to win.RankingsThe AP started ranking teams nationally in 1934, so that’s where we’ll start the analysis.There have been 83 Bedlam contests since 1934. • At least one team ranked…58 (yea, yea, yea, I know the majority of those are owned by the Sooners).• Both teams ranked…14 (all of these since 1970, and HALF under Gundy).• Six times OSU has come in ranked higher than OU, and four of those have come under Gundy (2009/2010/2011/2013).• Only twice has OSU come in as the only ranked team (1997/2009).• 24 times neither team came into Bedlam ranked, but it’s only happened nine times since 1970 and only once since 1999.• OSU has come into Bedlam ranked 17 times…once prior to 1970 (1945) and eight times in Gundy’s 12 seasons. Of those 17, six were top 10.• The Cowboys only have three wins as a ranked team in Bedlam, and only one has come under Gundy.• OU has come into Bedlam ranked 55 times…only 15 times were they ranked OUTSIDE the top 10.• The Sooners have only lost five times as a ranked team in Bedlam, but four of those were as a top 10 team, three in the top 5. This is a guest post by friend of the blog Robert Whetsell (who has been writing a lot for us this week).Been a while since I’ve done one of these. Not something that you can do regularly as the induced depression is tough to shake. As with all statistical analysis, if you try hard enough, you can find math that helps you feel a bit better about your “side.” I think I tried hard enough. I’ve broken things down to three categories…overall, since 1970, and the Mike Gundy era.No matter how hard you try, though, there will still be some numbers that make you cover your eyes. This is one all OSU fans are far too familiar with, and the one that causes Boone Pickens much anxiety. Like the tune “Boomer Sooner,” it will be heard WAY too many times.screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-1-50-48-pmYep, if we look at results…and sports is about results…Gundy is in fact performing below the historical average when it comes to beating OU. However, the Cowboys have been historically bad at beating OU, and have been historically bad at doing it.What I mean by that is that OSU hasn’t been competitive historically. If you’ve stunk over time, then the first order of business is to not stink. This is where we find our opportunity to feel good.Average Score and Margin of Victoryscreen-shot-2016-12-01-at-1-50-58-pmAll good information. Yes, the data points under “OSU Wins” and Gundy are limited, but we’re all about feeling good right now, so pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.Percentage of Points Scored per Gamescreen-shot-2016-12-01-at-1-59-58-pmscreen-shot-2016-12-01-at-2-00-06-pm screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-2-00-02-pmNot much of a change in OSU wins, but a significant improvement overall and in losses. This is otherwise known as “getting closer.”Percentage of Total Points Scoredscreen-shot-2016-12-01-at-1-50-25-pmMeanwhile, let’s leave you with some other random Bedlam statistics. Again, the goal is to first be competitive. Gundy has definitely accomplished that. Also, think about this…through 110 years of Bedlam 28 percent of OSU’s total points have been scored under Gundy. I know the style of offense is way different, but goodness, how bad was OSU prior to Gundy? That’s 28 percent of the total points in 11 of the years. Compare that to the Sooners, who have scored 15 percent of their points in the same time period. You can even go back to the 1970s demarcation, after which the Cowboys have scored 66 percent of their Bedlam points in 42 percent of the years. OU falls at 50 percent of their points in the same period.Gundy may not be winning as many Bedlam matchups as we’d prefer, but he has helped put OSU in a position to win more than they’ve traditionally had the opportunity for. Granted, we will grow impatient if all we continue to do is “get close,” but you’ve must first consistently get close in order to start consistently winning.I’ll patiently await the barrage of comments that this should incite.Biggest BlowoutsOUOverall: 75 (1904, 1st Bedlam)Since 1970: 60 (1970)Gundy era: 35 (2015)OSUOverall 47: (1945)Since 1970: 34 (2011)Gundy era 34: (2011)ShutoutsOU: 28 Most Recent…2009…27-0 in NormanOSU: 7 Most Recent…1995…12-0 in NormanClose Games (within 10 points)Overall: 32 (29 percent)OU Wins: 21OSU Wins: 11 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.center_img Since 1970: 14 (30.4 percent)OU Wins: 10OSU Wins: 4last_img read more

Watch Guide: Championship Week

first_imgThe season is nearly over. We just have this week plus Army-Navy week and that’s it. It flew by didn’t it? Remember, we get Colorado-Washington tonight before the other four Power 5 title games tomorrow. All the bowl implications this weekend. I’m rooting for complete chaos for the committee. No outs.Thanks as always to Ryan Hartwig for his work all season.Weekend Watch Guide: Championship Week 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