Press Release OSU:
2013Oklahoma State Football Season Review
Cowboyswon 10 games, rose to as high as No. 6 in the polls.
The Oklahoma State football team finished 2013 with a 10-3 overall record and a7-2 mark in Big 12 play. The Cowboys finished second in the Big 12 Conferencestandings.
Oklahoma State finished the season ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press poll,No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 13 in the BCS Standings.
TheSeason in a Sentence
For the first time, Oklahoma State was picked to win the Big 12 in thepreseason and led by a much-improved defense and an offense that was reinvigoratedafter midseason personnel moves, the Cowboys stormed to a 7-1 record in leagueplay and were in position to secure their second Big 12 title in three yearsafter steamrolling No. 3 Baylor, but an upset loss to Oklahoma on the final dayof the regular season dashed OSU's chances.
Strongon Both Sides of the Ball
Oklahoma State is one of only four teams in the country to finish 2013 rankedin the top 20 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The otherthree were Florida State, Alabama and Oregon.
DefensiveTurnaround a Primary Storyline
Playing under the guidance of first-year defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer,the play of the Cowboys' senior-driven defense was at the core of OSU's successin 2013.
The Cowboys finished 2013 ranked in the top 25 nationally in scoring defense(19th), turnovers gained (fifth), passes intercepted (third), red zone defense(seventh), pass efficiency defense (sixth), tackles for loss (16th) andthird-down conversion percentage defense (seventh) just one year after rankingin the top 25 nationally in only one of those categories (tackles for loss -25th in 2012).
A very good argument can be made that OSU had the Big 12's best overall defensein 2013, as the Cowboys led the league in scoring defense, turnovers gained,pass defense efficiency, third-down conversion percentage defense and red zonedefense.
Early in the season, the team had to rely heavily on its defense to win gamesand Spencer's unit delivered, limiting two of OSU's first three opponentswithout a touchdown. Spencer's scheme against Baylor helped the Cowboys forcethree turnovers and limit the top-ranked offense in the nation to 44 points and231 yards below its season averages as part of OSU's win over the No. 3 Bears.
Experience was a key factor in Oklahoma State's defensive success in 2013. TheCowboy defense boasted eight senior starters, plus an additional three seniorswho factored heavily into the playing time rotation. In 2013, OSU seniorscombined to make 78 percent of the team's tackles and produce 73 percent of theteam's turnovers, either by interception or by fumble recovery. Of the 15fumbles forced by the Cowboy defense in 2013, 13 were forced by seniors.Additionally, 78 percent of all pass breakups by OSU were made by seniors.
Midway through the season, the OSU coaches shook up the offense by insertingClint Chelf as the starting quarterback, Desmond Roland as the starting runningback and moving Parker Graham from left tackle to right guard. Things picked upimmediately for the offense, as Chelf ended up finishing eighth in the nationin adjusted QBR, Roland had seven rushing touchdowns in his first two games asthe starter and Graham spearheaded an offensive line that turned around thefortunes of OSU's rushing attack.
KeyStatistic - Turnovers
Forcing turnovers has been at the core of Oklahoma State's defensive identityfor years. In fact, OSU leads the nation with 163 turnovers forced from 2009through the present. The Cowboys led the nation in takeaways as part of theirBig 12 championship season of 2011, but slipped in that area in 2012.
Turnovers were back to being a significant factor for OSU in 2013, as theCowboys led the Big 12 and ranked fourth nationally with a +1.2 turnovermargin. The Pokes were third nationally with 21 passes intercepted and werefifth nationally with 33 turnovers gained. OSU lost only five fumbles on theyear - a mark that ranked seventh in the nation.
OklahomaState and the Turnover
Why are turnovers such a focal point at Oklahoma State? Because during the MikeGundy era (2005-present), the Cowboys are 19-0 when they don't commit aturnover in a game and are 47-5 when winning the turnover battle. Dating backto the 2008 season, the Cowboys have won 34 of their last 35 games when winningthe turnover battle.
Gundy,Cowboys Take Down Another Top-10 Team
The signature win of the 2013 season was a 49-17 wipeout of No. 3 Baylor onNov. 23. ESPN's popular College GameDay program was in Stillwater for a gamethat was hyped as the national game of the week and the Cowboys were up to thechallenge of playing on the big stage. Playing in front of the first selloutcrowd in Boone Pickens Stadium history, Oklahoma State's defense forced threeturnovers and held Baylor 44 points and 231 yards below its season averages inrecording one of the most lopsided wins ever over a team ranked in the topthree of the Associated Press poll.
Quarterback Clint Chelf earned national player of the week honors aftercompleting 19-of-25 passes for 370 yards with three touchdowns and nointerceptions. He added a 48-yard reception that set up a touchdown and herushed for a score as well.
It was OSU's fourth win over a top-10 team and its third over a top-five teamsince 2008.
Oklahoma State went 4-0 in the month of November, securing an undefeatedNovember for the first time since the 1945 team went 9-0 and won the SugarBowl.
OSU's November produced wins over No. 3 Baylor, No. 15 Texas Tech in Lubbock,No. 23 Texas in Austin and Kansas. Some notes from Orange November:
•Three of OSU's four wins were over ranked teams, with two of those coming onthe road.
•The Cowboys outscored their four November foes, 181-70, for an average Novemberscore of 45-18. Again, three of their four opponents were ranked.
•The Cowboys scored touchdowns on 18 of their 19 trips into the red zone andlimited their opponents to touchdowns on only six of 17 trips into the redzone.
•OSU forced 10 turnovers and committed only three.
Gilberta Consensus All-American
Oklahoma State senior cornerback Justin Gilbert was a 2013 consensusAll-American with honors from the FWAA, Walter Camp and the Associated Pressand was one of three finalists for the 2013 Jim Thorpe Award, which is givenannually to the most outstanding defensive back in college football.
Gilbert finished with seven interceptions, a mark that leads the Big 12 andranked third nationally. He had two pick-sixes on the year, coming at IowaState and at Texas.
Additionally, he had three non-offensive touchdowns in 2013; a 31-yardinterception return at Iowa State, a 100-yard kickoff return vs. Kansas and a43-yard interception return at Texas. He finished his career with eightnon-offensive touchdowns. The list:
2010- 93 yd kickoff return vs. Baylor
2010- 89 yd kickoff return vs. Oklahoma
2011- 96 yd kickoff return at Tulsa
2011- 100 yd kickoff return at Texas
2012- 96 yd kickoff return vs. West Virginia
2013- 31 yd interception return at Iowa State
2013- 100 yd kickoff return vs. Kansas
2013- 43 yd interception return at Texas
GilbertFell Just Short of NCAA Career Record
Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert finished as the Big 12 careerrecord-holder in kickoff return touchdowns with six and was just one kickoffreturn touchdown shy of the NCAA career record of seven, held jointly byClemson's C.J. Spiller (2006-09) and Houston's Tyron Carrier (2008-11).
CowboysPlace League-High 11 Players On All-Big 12 Teams
Oklahoma State earned a conference-best 11 spots on the 2013 All-Big 12 team asselected by the league's 10 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote fortheir own players.
OSU's first team honorees included senior offensive lineman Parker Graham,senior defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, senior linebacker Shaun Lewis andsenior cornerback Justin Gilbert.
The Cowboys' second team selections included senior quarterback Clint Chelf,senior fullback Kye Staley, junior Josh Stewart (selected as a receiver and asa returner), senior defensive end Tyler Johnson, senior linebacker Caleb Laveyand senior safety Daytawion Lowe.
Oklahoma State tied Baylor with the most athletes honored with 10, butStewart's honors as a receiver and returner gave the Cowboys the mostselections in the league with 11. OSU also had the most defensive selectionswith six, while Baylor was the next closest with four. OSU's five offensivespots were second only to Baylor's six.
OklahomaState Breaks One Big 12 Record, Ties Another
Nine different OSU players combined for 12 Big 12 Player of the Week honors in2013, setting a league record for most players from a single team to earn Big12 weekly honors during the course of a season and matching the 2000 Oklahomateam's conference record for most total honorees from one team in a season.
OklahomaState Players to Earn Big 12 Weekly Honors in 2013
Sept.2 - Caleb Lavey, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Sept.9 - J.W. Walsh, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Sept.16 - Josh Stewart, Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Oct.7 - Shaun Lewis, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Oct.7 - Ben Grogan, Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Oct.21 - Josh Stewart, Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Oct.28 - Desmond Roland, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Nov.4 – Clint Chelf, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Nov.11 - Justin Gilbert, Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Nov.18 - Justin Gilbert, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Nov.25 - Clint Chelf, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Nov.25 - Daytawion Lowe, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Oklahoma State's senior class of 2013 compiled a 41-11 record, matching thesenior class of 2011 as the winningest in school history. A look at each memberof the class:
•Calvin Barnett, DT - Two-time first-team All-Big 12 performer.
•Clint Chelf, QB - 2012 Heart of Dallas Bowl MVP and central figure in OklahomaState's offensive turnaround in 2013.
•Davidell Collins, DL - Played several key snaps each of the past three years.
•Zack Craig, S - Special teams standout with three blocked punts and one blockedpunt return for a touchdown in his career. Saw extensive action at safety in2013.
•Shamiel Gary, SS - One of the team's leading tacklers each of the past twoyears.
•Justin Gilbert, CB - Finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation'stop defensive back. 2013 consensus All-American.
•John Goodlett, WR - One-time walk-on who earned a scholarship through hardwork, character and performance.
•Parker Graham, OL - Started 31 games in his career. 2013 first team All-Big 12.
•Deion Imade, LB - 2013 team captain. Special teams standout who played bothsafety and linebacker during his career.
•Blake Jackson, WR - Injured most of 2013, but led the 2012 squad with 19.9yards per reception.
•Tyler Johnson, DE - Became a significant factor on the OSU defensive line atthe end of 2012 and turned in an All-Big 12-caliber year in 2013.
•Caleb Lavey, LB - Team captain and one of OSU's clear leaders. 2013 first teamAll-Big 12.
•Shaun Lewis, LB - Team captain. Earned a starting spot midway through hisfreshman year and started every game since. 2013 first team All-Big 12.
•Daytawion Lowe, FS - Strong leader on the team. 2013 second-team All-Big 12honoree. Finished with 269 career tackles.
•Joe Mitchell, LB - Athletic, productive contributor on special teams and atlinebacker throughout his career.
•Charlie Moore, WR - Made 11 touchdown catches in his last two years. Producedseveral memorable moments in big games.
• TracyMoore, WR - Led the 2013 team with six touchdown receptions and 738 receivingyards. An important cog in one of America's best offenses since 2010.
•Taylor Moss, WR - Valued member of the scout team who lost 2013 to injury.
•Tyler Patmon, CB - Perhaps the most valuable addition to the team in 2013.Three-year starter at Kansas who transferred to OSU after earning his degree.
•Michael Reichenstein, P - A steady performer as the team's holder on placementshis last two seasons.
•Nick Rockwell, WR - Significant contributor on special teams known for hisoutstanding attitude.
•Anthony Rogers, DT - Showed noticeable improvement during his career and playedkey snaps on the interior of the defensive line.
•Connor Sinko, LS - Never had an errant snap on placements in three years.
•Jeremy Smith, RB - Another key performer in one of the nation's most explosiveoffenses since 2010. Ranks sixth on OSU's career rushing touchdowns list.
•Kye Staley, FB - Former top high school player in the state of Oklahoma whoovercame what many thought would be a career-ending injury to become athree-time All-Big 12 performer.
•Steve Sumpter, LB - Transfer from Missouri Southern who cracked into the travelsquad in 2013.
•Andrew Suter, LS - Never had an errant snap on punts in three and a half years.Recovered a fumble in the 2010 Alamo Bowl win over Arizona.
•Brandon Webb, OL - Earned a spot in the starting lineup midway through 2012 andstarted every game since.
ManyHappy Returns Result in Non-Offensive Touchdowns
Oklahoma State scored a touchdown on a kickoff return (Justin Gilbert vs.Kansas), two punt returns (both by Josh Stewart), two interception returns(both by Gilbert) and two fumble returns (Tyler Johnson at Iowa State and TylerPatmon vs. Baylor) in 2013. The Cowboys have scored 25 non-offensive touchdownssince the start of the 2010 season.
Oklahoma State'sNon-Offensive Touchdowns Since 2010
2010- Justin Blackmon 7 yd blocked punt return vs. WashingtonState
2010- Josh Cooper 66 yd punt return vs. Troy
2010- James Thomas 63 yd fumble recovery vs. Texas A&M
2010- Johnny Thomas 26 yd interception return at Kansas State
2010- Justin Gilbert 93 yd kickoff return vs. Baylor
2010- Michael Harrison 5 yd blocked punt return at Kansas
2010- Shaun Lewis 52 yd interception return vs.Oklahoma
2010- Justin Gilbert 89 yd kickoff return vs. Oklahoma
2010- Markelle Martin 61 yd interception return vs. Arizona
2011- Justin Gilbert 96 yd kickoff return at Tulsa
2011- Justin Gilbert 100 yd kickoff return at Texas
2011- Josh Stewart 3 yd fumble recovery at Texas Tech
2011- Shaun Lewis 70 yd interception return at Iowa State
2011- Richetti Jones 5 yd fumble recovery vs. Oklahoma
2012- Desmond Roland 80 yd kickoff return at Kansas State
2012- Justin Gilbert 96 yd kickoff return vs. West Virginia
2012- Zack Craig 30 yd blocked punt return vs. Texas Tech
2012- Daytawion Lowe 37 yd fumble return vs. Purdue
2013- Josh Stewart, 67 yd punt return vs. Lamar
2013- Josh Stewart, 95 yd punt return vs. TCU
2013- Justin Gilbert, 31 yd interception return at Iowa State
2013- Tyler Johnson, 54 yd fumble recovery at Iowa State
2013- Justin Gilbert, 100 yd kickoff return vs. Kansas
2013- Justin Gilbert, 43 yd interception return at Texas
2013- Tyler Patmon, 78 yd fumble recovery vs. Baylor
OSUWas One of Only Three 500-300 Teams
Oklahoma State was one of only three teams in the nation with a game with 500passing yards and a game with 300 rushing yards in 2013 - and both of OSU'scame on the road. The Pokes hit UTSA for 518 passing yards on Sept. 7 andbattered Iowa State with 348 rushing yards on Oct. 26. Fresno State and SanJose State are the only other teams to pull the 500-300 double.
PerspectiveOn Yards Per Play
Oklahoma State ranked 52nd nationally in total defense by yielding 384.9 yardsper game in 2013. However, when analyzed on a per-play basis to account for theup-tempo offense played by the Cowboys and by many of their opponents, the OSUdefense looks much better, ranking 11th by surrendering only 4.77 yards perplay.
DefenseStout Per Possession
The Oklahoma State defense faced a challenge in that it was partnered with anoffense that played at such a high tempo that it ended up spending more time onthe field than all but seven teams in the country in 2013. As a result,statistics such as total defense, points allowed, rushing yards allowed andpassing yards allowed are not true indicators of how the Cowboy defenseperformed in a given game. When the 2013 OSU defense is analyzed on aper-possession basis, it looks much better, averaging a Big 12-best 1.22 pointsallowed per possession.
Oklahoma State's defense excelled at forcing three-and-outs. A three-and-out isdefined as a series in which the offense either punts after three plays orcommits a turnover before getting a first down. OSU forced 75 three-and-outs in197 defensive possessions (.380 pct.) spanning 13 games, for an average of 5.8three-and-outs forced per game. That per-game average ranked fourth in thecountry.
PuttingOpponents Behind The Chains
Part of Oklahoma State's defensive success stemmed from solid play on firstdown. The Cowboys limited opposing offenses to three yards or less on 249 of453 first-down plays in 2013 (.550 pct.)
Cowboyson Third Down
Oklahoma State led the Big 12 and ranked seventh nationally by limitingopposing offenses to a .314 pct. conversion rate on third down. Part of thereason is that the Cowboys consistently put opposing offenses in third andmedium and third and long situations.
OSU defended 229 third down plays. Of those 229 plays, only 54 were third andshort situations, meaning that 76 percent of OSU's third down plays defendedwere third and medium or third and long situations. In their final six games,the Cowboys limited Iowa State, Texas Tech, Kansas, Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma andMissouri to 6-for-67 on third and long situations (seven yards or more).
One area where Oklahoma State's defense was particularly effective is againstthe run. OSU allowed only 11 rushing touchdowns in its 13 games, a mark led theBig 12 and ranked 11th in the country. The Cowboy defense allowed only 3.6yards per rushing attempt.
Another defensive trait that has emerged at Oklahoma State over the past fewseasons is that the Cowboys have limited explosive plays from scrimmage by opposingoffenses. For the purpose of this note, we'll use 20 yard plays from scrimmageas the definition of an explosive play. In 2013, OSU allowed 44 explosive playsfrom scrimmage, a mark that ranked 15th in the nation.
EfficiencyStats Tell A Different Story Than Traditional Stats
In yet another illustration of how traditional measures such as pass defensecan be misleading, Oklahoma State ranked ninth out of 10 teams in the Big 12and is 79th nationally by allowing 242.5 passing yards per game, but led theBig 12 and was sixth nationally in pass efficiency defense, limiting opposingpassers to a 104.56 efficiency rating.
Why such a substantial difference in two statistical areas that shouldcorrespond more closely? Because of the fact that the Cowboy offense - and mostof the other offenses in the Big 12, for that matter - play at a high tempo andrequire the defense to defend more plays and more possessions per game.
The 2013 Oklahoma State defense performed much better than 2012's unit in termsof scoring defense. The Cowboys of 2013 limited opponents to 21.6 points pergame. In 2012, the Pokes allowed 28.2 points per game. That represented thethird-biggest scoring defense turnaround in OSU history from one year to thenext.
LockerRoom Talks Effective
Whatever Mike Gundy and his coaching staff said to the team in the locker roomworked. Coming out of the locker room (the first and third quarters of games),Oklahoma State outscored the opposition by a combined margin of 271-88. ThePokes held a 140-58 scoring advantage in the first quarter and 131-30 advantagein the third quarter.
KeepingThe Scoreboard Operator Busy
Oklahoma State averaged 39.1 points per game - a mark that ranked second in theBig 12 and was 14th nationally. The Cowboys were just 12 total points shy ofbeing able to make the claim that they averaged 40 or more points per game infive of the past six seasons.
Perhaps the signature trait of Oklahoma State teams year in and year out underMike Gundy is offensive balance. There is no better illustration of that thanthe 2007 season, when the Cowboys rushed for 3,161 yards and passed for 3,161yards. A look at the balance of the 2013 team:
•OSU had 503 rushing attempts and 484 passing attempts.
•17 different Oklahoma State players scored a touchdown.
•13 different players caught a pass in the Cowboys' wins at UTSA and over Lamar.
•Four different Cowboys rushed for 200 yards or more and a fifth had 189 rushingyards.
•For the second straight year, OSU had two different 1,000-yard passers.
•Nine different players caught a touchdown pass in 2013. Seven of those nineplayers had more than one receiving touchdown and nobody had more than sixtouchdown catches.
Ball- and Quarterback - Security
Oklahoma State spent a period of each practice on ball security and it paiddividends, as the Cowboys committed only 18 turnovers. OSU lost only fivefumbles - a mark that ranked seventh in the nation.
Speaking of security, OSU's quarterbacks enjoyed secure surroundings in 2013,only being sacked 1.08 times per game - a mark that led the Big 12 and rankedninth nationally. This is a regular theme for the Cowboys, who have led the Big12 and ranked among the top 10 nationally in fewest sacks allowed in each ofthe past five years despite ranking among the national leaders in passingyardage for most of that time frame.
PlaysFrom Special Teams
Oklahoma State got significant plays from several of its different specialteams units. The Cowboys blocked four kicks (a field goal attempt at WestVirginia, a PAT attempt at Iowa State and punts against Texas Tech andOklahoma). OSU's four blocked kicks ranked as the 10th-best total in thecountry.
The Pokes ranked 11th nationally with 13.43 yards per punt return. OSU returnedtwo punts for touchdowns and two other punts that gave the Cowboys startingfield position inside the opponent's 20 yard line - and that doesn't count ablocked punt that was recovered at the 15 yard line against Texas Tech.
KickoffCoverage an Overlooked Factor in OSU's Success
Oklahoma State was effective in the kickoff game, as the Cowboys led the Big 12and ranked 18th nationally in kickoff coverage by allowing only 18.74 yards perkickoff return. Only 21 of OSU's 92 kickoffs resulted in touchbacks, but itshould be noted that OSU did just fine without the touchbacks. The averagestarting field position for opponents following an OSU kickoff in 2013 was the24.6 yard line.
To put that into perspective, the average starting field position for opponentsfollowing an OSU kickoff last year with all-everything kickoff man Quinn Sharphandling those responsibilities was the 28 yard line.
Speakingof Starting Field Position...
Oklahoma State was a consistent winner in the field position battle. TheCowboys had an average starting field position of their own 34.6 yard line.OSU's opponents had an average starting field position of their own 28.3 yardline.
Winsat Iowa State, Texas Tech Set a Program First
When Oklahoma State beat Iowa State, 58-27, and No. 15 Texas Tech, 52-34, inconsecutive weeks, it marked the first time in the 112-year history of theprogram that the Cowboys scored 50 points or more in back-to-back road games.
Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf helped the Cowboys with both his arm andhis legs. The senior signal-caller passed for 2,169 yards and 17 touchdowns andrushed for 373 yards and seven touchdowns.
Chelf ranked third in the Big 12 and 28th nationally with 13.23 yards per passcompletion.
NationalLeaders in Adjusted QBR
1.Marcus Mariota, Oregon - 89.5
2.Jameis Winston, Florida State - 88.5
3.Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M - 86.3
4.Aaron Murray, Georgia - 86.1
5.Bryce Petty, Baylor - 85.5
6.Zach Mettenberger, LSU - 85.1
7.Brett Hundley, UCLA - 84.8
8.Clint Chelf, Oklahoma State - 83.9
9.Nick Marshall, Auburn - 83.0
10.Dak Prescott, Mississippi State - 83.0
HonorsRolled In For Chelf After Baylor Win
Clint Chelf was recognized as the national offensive player of the week by theWalter Camp Football Foundation, Athlon Sports and CBSSports.comafter he excelled in leading the Cowboys to a 49-17 win over No. 3 Baylor. Hecompleted 19-of-25 passes - including each of his first 12 attempts - for acareer-high 370 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. His QBR of97.8 was the second-highest of any quarterback in the nation that week. He wasalso honored as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and as one of eightManning Award stars of the week as well.
ChelfEarned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week vs. Texas Tech
Clint Chelf was singled out as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after hewas responsible for four touchdowns (two passing and two rushing) in theCowboys' 52-34 win over No. 15 Texas Tech in Lubbock. His 67-yard touchdown runin the third quarter was the signature play of the game and was the crushingblow that put the contest out of reach in OSU's favor. Chelf's 67-yard run wasthe longest for an OSU quarterback since Brent Blackman had a 72-yard run in1972.
Chelf completed 18-of-34 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns and carriedsix times for 88 yards with two scores in leading the Cowboys to the best roadwin for any team in the Big 12 this season. His 93.4 adjusted QBR against TexasTech was the best for any Big 12 quarterback and was the seventh-best mark inthe country that week.
ChelfMade Plays To Lift Cowboys Over Longhorns
Clint Chelf accounted for four touchdowns (two rushing and two passing), rushedfor a career-high 95 yards and had a QBR of 97.3 (the second-best mark of any quarterbackin the country that week) in Oklahoma State's 38-13 road win at No. 23 Texas.Chelf completed 16-of-22 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns.
After redshirting as a true freshman in 2009, Clint Chelf was OSU's second-teamquarterback behind Brandon Weeden in 2010 and 2011. With Weeden selected in thefirst round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Chelf, Wes Lunt and J.W. Walsh had an opencompetition during 2012 spring drills to earn the starting quarterback spot.Lunt was named the starter, but was sidelined with an injury early in theregular season. Walsh then stepped in and also sustained an injury that openedthe door for Chelf to take the reins. Chelf's performance during that time wasstrong enough for him to hold onto the starting job despite the fact that bothLunt and Walsh were healthy in the Cowboys' final two games of 2012.
Chelf started the 2013 season opener vs. Mississippi State, but was replaced byWalsh in the first quarter when the coaches were looking to spark the offense.Walsh then held on to the starting spot for five games before Chelf wasinserted during the TCU game when the coaches were again looking for a spark.Chelf started every ensuing game and the Cowboys flourished in the Big 12standings with him at the helm.
DualThreat, Part Two
Similar to Clint Chelf, J.W. Walsh is also effective as both a passer and arunner. In week one against Mississippi State, the sophomore rushed for 125yards and engineered three touchdown drives in leading Oklahoma State to a 21-3win over the Bulldogs on a neutral field in Houston. In week two, Walsh set aschool record for completion percentage (min. 20 attempts) and accounted forfive touchdowns - four passing and one rushing - as part of OSU's 56-35 win atUTSA. Walsh had more touchdown passes (four) than incomplete passes (three)against UTSA and was honored as Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for hisperformance. He was the only Big 12 quarterback with a 300-yard passing gameand a 100-yard rushing game on his 2013 season résumé and was OSU's leadingrusher in three games in 2013.
He finished the season ranked 22nd nationally in adjusted QBR and was eighthnationally among underclassmen in that category, trailing only Oregon's MarcusMariota, Florida State's Jameis Winston, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, UCLA'sBrett Hundley, Mississippi State's Dak Prescott, Texas Tech's Davis Webb andNorth Carolina's Marquise Williams.
ComparingWalsh To Other Sophomore Quarterbacks
J.W. Walsh ranked among the elite sophomore signal-callers in the nation in2013. He was one of only five sophomore quarterbacks with 20 or more passingtouchdowns and 10 or more rushing touchdowns through the first two years of hiscareer, joining Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, Oregon's Marcus Mariota, UCLA'sBrett Hundley and BYU's Taysom Hill.
HighestCareer Adjusted QBR For Quarterbacks Returning for 2014 Season (min. 400 actionplays)
1.Marcus Mariota, Oregon - 88.7
2.Jameis Winston, Florida State - 88.5
3.Bryce Petty, Baylor - 85.3
4.Nick Marshall, Auburn - 82.9
5.Davis Webb, Texas Tech - 82.6
6.Dak Prescott, Mississippi State - 82.2
7.J.W. Walsh, Oklahoma State - 80.1
8.Kevin Hogan, Stanford - 78.7
9.Brett Hundley, UCLA - 77.2
10.Marquise Williams, North Carolina - 76.2
Moreon Walsh's Record Showing vs. UTSA
J.W. Walsh connected on 24-of-27 passes for 326 yards and four touchdownsagainst UTSA and etched his name in the OSU record book in the process. His88.9 completion percentage set a new school record for single-game completionpercentage, minimum 20 pass attempts. He added a rushing touchdown as well.
Walsh's 239.20 pass efficiency mark in the contest was good for the fourth-bestsingle-game performance in school history. He started the game by completing 10consecutive passes, then had two incompletions, then completed 10 consecutivepasses again. By the time his day was done at the 9:47 mark of the thirdquarter, OSU held a 42-7 lead.
RolandExplodes on the Scene, Earns Big 12 Player of the Week Honor
Making the first start of his career, Oklahoma State running back DesmondRoland rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries to lead theCowboys to a 58-27 win over Iowa State in Ames. He was honored as the Big 12Offensive Player of the Week for his outburst. Roland's 219 rushing yards werethe second-most for a Big 12 player in a game in 2013 and his four touchdownswere the most. His 219 rushing yards were the most for an Oklahoma State back ina road game against a Big 12 opponent since Vernand Morency rushed for 269yards at Kansas in 2003.
Desmond Roland turned in a workmanlike performance in the Cowboys' win at No.15 Texas Tech, carrying 31 times for 96 yards and three touchdowns against theRed Raiders.
His numbers dipped after Kansas, Texas and Baylor keyed on him, but he eruptedfor 144 rushing yards and three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) againstOklahoma.
Since taking over as the starter, Roland scored 13 touchdowns - 11 rushing andtwo receiving. He had 13 rushing touchdowns in 2013, a mark that led allrunning backs in the Big 12 and ranked 31st among all players nationally.
SmithKnows His Way To The End Zone
Running back Jeremy Smith's nine rushing touchdowns in 2013 ranked him seventhin the Big 12. He rushed for 102 yards and three touchdowns in the Cowboys'season opening win against Mississippi State, then tacked on three more rushingtouchdowns against Lamar and another against Kansas State.
Smith finished his career ranked sixth on Oklahoma State's career rushingtouchdowns list with 34.
Receivers'Calling Card is Balance
Josh Stewart and Tracy Moore were the leaders of the Oklahoma State receivingcorps in 2013, but make no mistake; balance was OSU's best weapon in thepassing game. Case in point - 13 different Cowboys caught passes in gamesagainst both UTSA and Lamar. Redshirt freshman Jhajuan Seales (39 catches for571 yards and three touchdowns) emerged as a viable weapon on the outside andCharlie Moore added 35 receptions for 468 yards and took five of those in fortouchdowns.
SmallStewart Has Big Impact
Standing 5-10 and weighing 185 pounds, Oklahoma State receiver Josh Stewartwasn't the biggest receiver in the nation, but what he lacked in size, he madeup for with quickness, elusiveness, route-running and good hands. For thesecond straight year, the junior from Denton, Texas led OSU in receptions. Hewas second on the team in receiving yards.
Stewart passed former OSU All-American and current Dallas Cowboys star DezBryant on OSU's career receptions list in the Cowboys' win over TCU and hebecame only the seventh 2,000-yard receiver in school history as part of theCowboys' win at No. 15 Texas Tech. He trails only Rashaun Woods, JustinBlackmon and Hart Lee Dykes on OSU's career receptions list.
Stewartas a Punt Returner
Josh Stewart led the Big 12 and ranked fourth nationally with 16.7 yards perpunt return in 2013. He had returns of 95 yards, 67 yards, 46 yards, 41 yards,36 yards and 29 yards.
StewartSets School, Big 12 Record to Earn Big 12 Special Teams Player of theWeek
Josh Stewart recorded the longest punt return in Oklahoma State and Big 12history with a 95-yarder in the Cowboys' 24-10 win over TCU. That was thelongest punt return for any player in the country in 2013. He added a 29-yardpunt return later in the contest, but his 95-yarder was the one that gave theCowboys the jolt they needed early in the game.
That score was Stewart's second punt-return touchdown of the season (he had a67-yarder against Lamar), tying him with Barry Sanders (1987), Darrent Williams(2003) and Dez Bryant (2008) atop the school list for most punt returntouchdowns in a season.
SpecialOn Special Teams
Josh Stewart was one of four members of the 2013 Cowboys with either a kickoffreturn touchdown or a punt return touchdown in his career, joining JustinGilbert (six career kickoff return touchdowns), Desmond Roland (one careerkickoff return touchdown) and Zack Craig (one career punt return touchdown). Noteam in America had more active players with a special teams touchdown in theircareer than OSU in 2013.
StewartEarned Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Oklahoma State receiver Josh Stewart earned Big 12 Special Teams Player of theWeek honors after his performance against Lamar.
Stewart scored on a 67-yard punt return and took a second punt back 41 yards toset up an OSU touchdown in lifting the Cowboys to a 59-3 win over theCardinals. Stewart finished with 114 punt return yards. His 67-yarder markedOSU's first punt return for a touchdown since Josh Cooper had a 66-yarderagainst Troy on Sept. 11, 2010.
Mooreof a Good Thing
Senior Tracy Moore joined the OSU career top 10 in both receptions andreceiving yards this season. He finished ranked eighth in school history with144 receptions and eighth in school history with 2,064 receiving yards.
Moore had at least one touchdown reception in five of OSU's last seven gamesand led the squad with six touchdown grabs on the year.
TheDefensive Line As a Group
The play of the defensive line was among the biggest contributing factors inOklahoma State's defensive resurgence in 2013. Time and time again, the Cowboyswon the battle in the trenches, thanks largely to Calvin Barnett, JamesCastleman, Tyler Johnson and Jimmy Bean.
With the defensive line setting the tone, the Cowboy defense averaged 7.3tackles for loss per game in 2013 (a mark that ranked 16th nationally) and had25 sacks - 19.5 of which belong to defensive linemen. Additionally, defensivetackle James Castleman blocked a field goal attempt at West Virginia and apoint-after attempt at Iowa State.
Barnetta Presence in the Middle
Senior defensive tackle Calvin Barnett commanded attention and was frequentlydouble-teamed by opposing offensive linemen, but still managed 9.0 tackles forloss, 3.5 sacks and five quarterback hurries in 2013. Though his stats may notreveal it, his ability to open up lanes for the other members of the Cowboyfront seven was a substantial factor in OSU's defensive resurgence.
Senior defensive end Tyler Johnson was as active as anyone on the OSU defense,recording 52 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, five quarterbackhurries and three forced fumbles. His 54-yard fumble return for a touchdown inthe second half of OSU's 58-27 win over Iowa State in Ames was one of theteam's signature moments of the season.
LaveyOne of the Big 12's Best
Linebacker Caleb Lavey was a force in the middle of the Oklahoma State defense.The senior from Celina, Texas led the team with 93 tackles and 13.0 tackles forloss. He finished seventh in the Big 12 and 33rd nationally with 5.4 solotackles per game.
Lavey's four interceptions led all Big 12 linebackers and was third amonglinebackers nationally. His 13.0 tackles for loss tied for the lead among allBig 12 linebackers.
LinebackersWith The Most Interceptions in 2013
1.Shawn Jackson, Tulsa - 5
1.Cam Thomas, Western Kentucky - 5
3.Caleb Lavey, Oklahoma State - 4
3.Chi Chi Ariguzo, Northwestern - 4
3.Skai Moore, South Carolina - 4
3.James Morris, Iowa - 4
LaveyEarned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week vs. Mississippi State
Oklahoma State senior linebacker Caleb Lavey earned Big 12 Defensive Player ofthe Week after the Cowboys' season-opening win over Mississippi State. Laveyrecorded a team-best 11 tackles in that contest and added two tackles for lossand a half-sack. It was the first such honor of Lavey's career.
Shaun Lewis was an important player on Oklahoma State's defense throughout hiscareer. The senior from Missouri City, Texas, started each of his last 45 gamesand his 250 career tackles trailed only Daytawion Lowe's 269 among Cowboysactive in 2013. Lewis's 195 career solo tackles ranked him 15th nationallyamong all players active in 2013. Lewis was praised time and time again by hisposition coach and OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer for hisintelligence, leadership and savvy.
Lewis racked up 73 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three interceptions, twofumbles forced, two fumbles recovered, five pass breakups and a quarterbackhurry in 2013.
LewisEarned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week vs. Kansas State
For the second time in his career, Shaun Lewis earned Big 12 Defensive Playerof the Week following his performance in Oklahoma State's win over KansasState. In addition to snuffing out K-State's comeback hopes with aninterception late in the fourth quarter, Lewis forced a fumble that was scoopedup by the Cowboys, recovered a different fumble, led the team with eighttackles and bagged a tackle for loss in OSU's dramatic 33-29 win.
GilbertKeyed Win At Texas, Earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Justin Gilbert intercepted two passes and returned one 43 yards for a touchdownto lead OSU's 38-13 win over No. 23 Texas in Austin. He also had nine tacklesand a pass breakup in the win and was recognized as Big 12 Defensive Player ofthe Week for his performance.
GilbertWas Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Kansas
Justin Gilbert earned Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors after hereturned the opening kickoff of the game 100 yards for a touchdown in theCowboys' 42-6 win over Kansas. Gilbert's score - the sixth kickoff returntouchdown of his career - gave him sole possession of the conference's careerrecord, made him the active leader among all NCAA players and left him just onekickoff return touchdown shy of tying the NCAA record of seven, held jointly byClemson's C.J. Spiller (2006-09) and Houston's Tyron Carrier (2008-11).
NotYour Everyday Transfer
The Cowboy secondary received a boost in the preseason with the addition ofTyler Patmon, a three-year starter at Kansas who graduated early and enrolledat OSU for graduate school, but nobody knew how much of a boost he would end upbringing. Patmon finished with a team-best nine pass breakups on the year andhe recorded his first interception in an OSU uniform at West Virginia. Patmonpicked up a fumble against Baylor and returned it 78 yards for a touchdown inOSU's 49-17 rout of the No. 3 Bears.
He started against Kansas State, Texas Tech, Kansas, Texas and Baylor.
Free safety Daytawion Lowe joined Calvin Barnett, Caleb Lavey, Shaun Lewis andJustin Gilbert in being part of the leadership of the Cowboy defense. Lowe wasa consistent performer throughout his time in Stillwater and finished hiscareer with 262 tackles. Lowe's 211 career solo tackles ranked him seventhnationally among all players active in 2013. His interception against KansasState was the final dagger applied in the Cowboys' dramatic win over theWildcats in 2013.
Strong safety Shamiel Gary had to win a position battle that lasted throughspring, summer and fall camp to keep the starting job that he held in 2012. Hisperformance during the 2013 season validated the coaching staff's decision tokeep him in the starting role, as he tied for the team lead with nine passbreak-ups, highlighted by a three-PBU performance against TCU.
Gary finished 13th in the Big 12 with 0.82 passes defended per game in 2013.
GroganEarned Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Freshman kicker Ben Grogan earned Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Weekfollowing his performance against Kansas State.
Grogan kicked four field goals in the victory - a feat made even moreimpressive by the fact that the game featured eight lead changes and every kickhe attempted had significant implications on the outcome of the contest.Grogan's four field goals made and 15 points scored by kicking were both OSUfreshman records.
A total of 13 players made the first starts of their respective careers forOklahoma State in 2013 - defensive ends Jimmy Bean and Tyler Johnson,linebacker Ryan Simmons, cornerback Tyler Patmon, safety Lyndell Johnson,running back Desmond Roland, offensive linemen Travis Cross, Chris Grisbhy,Brandon Garrett and Paul Lewis, tight end Zac Veatch and receivers JhajuanSeales and David Glidden.
All told, 23 players saw the first game action of their OSU careers in 2013,highlighted by five true freshmen - receiver Marcell Ateman, kicker Ben Grogan,safeties Deric Robertson and Jordan Sterns and running back Rennie Childs.
Stateof the Program
The Oklahoma State football program has risen to a new level of nationalprominence in recent years. A look:
1.Alabama …….. 72-9
2.Boise State …….. 69-10
3.Oregon …….. 67-12
4.Ohio State …….. 63-15
4.Oklahoma …….. 63-17
6.LSU …….. 61-18
6.Florida State …….. 61-20
8.Oklahoma State …….. 59-19
8.Stanford …….. 59-20
10.TCU …….. 58-19
New Staff Meetings
For the first time in several years, OSU had a significant turnover in itscoaching staff from 2012 to 2013. Four new coaches joined the staff, includinga pair of new coordinators. The newcomers were offensivecoordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Yurcich, receivers coach Jason Ray,defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements and safeties coach Tim Duffie. GlennSpencer was elevated from co-defensive coordinator to defensive coordinator. Hecontinued to coach linebackers as well.
•Yurcich came to OSU from Shippensburg in Pennsylvania, where he served asoffensive coordinator for the most potent attack in Division II.
•Ray is a native Oklahoman who played at Missouri and was most recently on thestaff at Wyoming.
•Clements is a former player and staff member at Kansas State.
• Anative of Jefferson, Texas, Duffie came to OSU after coaching stops at UTEP,Colorado State and Wake Forest.
OSU broke in two new coordinators in the same season for the first time since2005 (Mike Gundy's first season as the Cowboy head coach). Mike Yurcich becamethe fifth offensive coordinator under Gundy. Previously that position was heldby Larry Fedora (2005-2007), Dana Holgorsen (2010) and Todd Monken (2011-12).In 2008 and 2009 Gunter Brewer and Joe Wickline held the title of co-offensivecoordinators with Gundy the play-caller. Spencer is the successor of VanceBedford (2005-2006), Tim Beckman (2007-2008) and Bill Young (2009-2012).
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