October 24, 2006

Breaking down the Oklahoma State Cowboy offense

Who: Oklahoma State Cowboys
School Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
School Colors: Orange and Black

2006 Record: 4-3 overall, 1-2 in the Big 12
National Ranking: Unranked
Conference: Big 12 (South Division)

Head Coach: Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State 1990): In 2nd season at Oklahoma State (8-10 overall, 0-0 vs. Nebraska)
Offensive Coordinator: Larry Fedora

When: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
Where: Boone Pickens Stadium
TV: ABC
Radio: Host Communications
Series Record: Nebraska leads 36-3-1.
Base Offensive Formation: Pro Set / Spread

Field General: Third-year sophomore Bobby Reid (6-3, 225) has been a key ingredient in the progression of the Cowboys' spread attack this season. In 2005, he played in seven games and completed just 48 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and four interceptions. This season, however, he's started all seven games and has completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 1,387 yards, and 17 touchdowns. He's been intercepted six times and is passing for an average of 198 yards per game. Reid suffered a mild concussion in Saturday night's overtime loss to Texas A & M. but OSU coach Mike Gundy said Monday he expects his QB to play against Nebraska. If Reid's unable to go against the Huskers, freshman backup Zac Robinson (6-3, 195) will get the call. He came in off the bench after Reid's injury and performed well, guiding OSU to three scores. He's completed 11-of-26 passes with three touchdowns in 2006.

Running The Football: OSU is rushing for 203 yards per game, good enough for a No. 2 ranking in the Big 12 and No. 10 ranking nationally. Three Cowboys are rushing for over 50 yards per game - sophomore Mike Hamilton (6-1, 215), freshman Keith Toston (6-1, 195) and junior Dantrell Savage (5-9, 190). Hamilton, a third-year sophomore who set an OSU freshman rushing record last season with 961 yards, is leading the way again this season with 489 yards and a 6 yards-per-carry average.

Catching The Football: Once again, Nebraska's secondary faces the challenge of covering some talented receivers. Reid's two favorite targets are junior Adarius Bowman (6-4, 215) and senior D'Juan Woods (6-1, 210). Bowman has 791 receiving yards and nine touchdowns already this season. He's averaging 22 yards per reception and ranks No. 2 nationally with a 113 yards-per-game average. Sophomore tight end Brandon Pettigrew (6-5, 255) has caught 13 passes and scored a pair of touchdowns for the Cowboys.

On The Line: OSU has some experience on its O-line, led by senior tackle Corey Hilliard (6-5, 310) and junior guard David Koenig (6-4, 290). Sophomore center David Washington (6-4, 295) is also a seasoned veteran. Redshirt freshman Brady Bond (6-6, 260) is starting at the other tackle spot and senior Kurt Seifriend (6-4, 300) is lined up at guard.

Kicking The Football: Sophomore Jason Ricks has been successful on 6-of-8 field goal attempts with a long of 53 yards.

Return Game: The Cowboys have the No. 1 kickoff return team in the nation, averaging over 30 yards on each return. Perrish Cox is averaging nearly 32 yards per return on kickoffs and 14 yards per return on punts. The Cowboys' punt return game is ranked 10th nationally and third in the Big 12 with a 15.83 yards-per-game average.

Cowboy Quick Hits

***OSU alum and Texas oilman Boone Pickens has his name on the stadium in Stillwater, previously known as Lewis Field. Over the past four years, Pickens has donated $235 million to the Cowboy athletic program. His $165 million donation in January was the largest such gift ever to a collegiate athletic department.

***Don't expect to see Nebraska's I-backs running the ball "north and south" against the Cowboys, that's because Boone Pickens Stadium is one of the few fields anywhere that runs east and west.

***As a player at OSU, Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy was the quarterback for the most explosive offense in school history. In 1988, Gundy, Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Barry Sanders and wide out Hart Lee Dykes were dubbed "The Triplets." Nebraska outscored Oklahoma State 63-42 that season in what still stands as the highest scoring conference game ever played at Memorial Stadium. Gundy still ranks as the Cowboys' all-time passing leader with 7,997 yards.

***Nebraska has dominated OSU over the years, but lost to the Cowboys for the first time in 41 years, 24-21, when the Huskers last visited Stillwater in 2002.

Oklahoma State Schedule
Sept. 2 - Missouri State (W, 52-10)
Sept. 9 - Arkansas State (W, 35-7)
Sept. 16 - Florida Atlantic (W, 48-8)
Sept. 23 - @ Houston (L, 34-25)
Oct. 7 - @ Kansas State (L, 31-27)
Oct. 14 - @ Kansas (W, 42-32)
Oct. 21 - Texas A & M (L, 34-33)
Oct. 28 - Nebraska
Nov. 4 - @ Texas
Nov. 11 - Baylor
Nov. 18 - @ Texas Tech
Nov. 25- Oklahoma

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