Three Things We Learned From the Tulsa Game

first_imgOklahoma State is 1-0 after taking care of a retooling Tulsa squad. What a blowout win at home against the Golden Hurricane actually proves remains to be seen but we definitely learned some things about this year’s Cowboy squad.Mike Gundy isn’t afraid to show his handHeading into Thursday night my biggest question was whether or not OSU would start fast and try to bury a lesser team. Tulsa won 10 games last year and blew out Central Michigan in its bowl game, but Philip Montgomery is breaking in a new quarterback and still finding out which receivers he can trust. Would we see a rusty or timid Oklahoma State? Was Gundy going to “go vanilla” and save his good stuff for Pitt?No, the Cowboys came out just as you’d expect the No. 10 team in the country to and fared better than most of their top-10 counterparts. Teams likes Ohio State, Washington, USC and Wisconsin had to knock off the rust but OSU came out of the tunnel humming like a well-oiled machine. And it didn’t go full vanilla either. Gundy didn’t hand out laminated sheets from the playbook but he wasn’t ashamed to show what he has. He basically said, “We’re really good. We’re going to run you over (and past) you and there’s nothing you can do about it.” That’s the sentiment I wanted to see from Oklahoma State and its coaches and I was pleasantly surprised.OSU has some dudes… at tailbackWe knew the receivers were great. We knew Tyron Johnson’s first target would be a 44-yard score. Well, pretty much. But we did not know anything about OSU’s running backs not named Justice Hill. True freshman J.D. King carried the ball six times and gained 95 yards. Redshirt freshman LD Brown got 92 in five tries. Each had a score.During Mike Gundy’s tenure, a freshman has rushed for 100 yards just 14 times. Five of those were last season by Justice Hill and each of his came as the starter. King and Brown were each one play away from that happening twice during the season opener, both in a reserve role. Each broke loose for runs of 71 and 73 yards, respectively.Each backup also showed out with his own unique skill set. King, the bulldozer who can run over Division I athletes at just 18 years old. And Brown, whose break-neck speed and wiggle can be deadly in space. We’ve yet to see world-class speedster Chuba Hubbard who gave us our latest classic Gundy moment and Ja’Ron Wilson who is the biggest back of the group and has shown potential in practice.Mike Gundy summed it up pretty well.“(Running back is) going to be a special position for us over the next three or four years.”This defense has real speedHeading into fall camp we knew that the Cowboys had some athletes. Thursday night taught us just how fast OSU is on defense. The middle of the field resembled a kamikaze run from Oklahoma State’s head hunters. Tre Flowers was all over the place. The same with linebackers Kevin Henry, Kenneth Edison-McGruder and Justin Phillips. Ramon Richards looked as comfortable as he’s been since taking snaps for Brackenridge High School.All in all, Oklahoma State recorded 85 total tackles to Tulsa’s 60. But the eye test told the real story. The Cowboys have some dudes that are fast and like contact. Is this defense perfect? No. It gave up five of six third-and-longs to end the game. But it might be perfect for the Big 12. Here’s what we know after Week 1 (combined with how it finished last year). It’s opportunistic. It’s good at guarding the red zone and it’s good at limiting points.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

OSU Target Israel Antwine Decommits from Ole Miss

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. One of Oklahoma State’s top targets for 2018 is back on the market.Three-star defensive tackle Israel Antwine announced on twitter last night that he was rescinding his commitment to Ole Miss.“The past couple of weeks have been difficult for me. However I would like to thank my family and coaches for helping me through this recruiting process and plans for my future. I want to thank the Ole Miss staff for giving me the opportunity to continue my career as a student athlete, but due to recent events I will be re-opening the recruiting process and will re-evaluate where I will continue my collegiate career… I will not be open to immediate interviews due to me preparing for the start of my Sr. season however I will not prolong the recruiting process either. I just want to make sure I make the right decision. thank you.”AdChoices广告Antwine’s decision to decommit from the Rebels isn’t surprising. He said himself he was reconsidering his commitment just last week. Considering what Ole Miss is dealing with involving potential sanctions and head coach Hugh Freeze stepping down, you can’t blame him.You have to expect Oklahoma State to be in the running for the talented defensive tackle, though their stiffest competition may come from a late contender. Texas made an offer to Antwine on July 26, when it looked like he would eventually decommit. Now, 247Sports has the Longhorns as the overwhelming favorites to land the Oklahoma City area prospect from Millwood High.If OSU is going to land him, they might not have long to swing his favor in their direction. Antwine says he won’t draw out the recruiting process, which makes me believe he has a short list of landing spots he’s leaning toward.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Lands at No. 25 in Coaches Poll Following K-State Win

first_img6LSU1,349 RankTeamPoints 11Penn State978 21Texas A&M251 10Notre Dame987 4Oklahoma1,373 8Florida1,100 15Boise State621 23Memphis167 5Ohio State1,362 13Oregon813 3Georgia1,446 1Alabama1,562 25Oklahoma State158 7Auburn1,198 Following its 26-13 win over then-No. 22 Kansas State, Oklahoma State has taken the Wildcats’ place in this week’s Amway Coaches poll sneaking in at No. 25. This is OSU’s first appearance in the poll this season.Week 6 Coaches Poll 14Iowa790 18Michigan417 16Washington608 20Wake Forest279 19Central Florida308 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. Oklahoma State joins Oklahoma and Texas as the third Big 12 school represented in the coaches Top 25. The Sooners remained at No. 4 after a blowout win over Texas Tech and the Longhorns remained at 12th following a bye week. Kansas State fell to 37th in votes after its loss. OSU moved up five spots from 30th (51 points) the week before. 23Michigan State167 17Utah532 2Clemson1,526 12Texas912 9Wisconsin1,097 22Virginia202last_img read more

Gundy: ‘The Program Is On as Good a Ground as It’s Ever Been on Here’

first_imgSTILLWATER — Mike Gundy isn’t ready to sound any alarms after his team’s 4-3 start.Oklahoma State is coming off a 45-27 loss to an unbeaten Baylor team. Spencer Sanders, the Cowboys redshirt freshman quarterback, has turned the ball over 10 times in the Cowboys’ three losses, but at his media luncheon Monday, Gundy said he can see the potential his squad has.“The youth on this team right now,” Gundy said, “the development, the classes that we have redshirted, the players we have, the overall attitude, there’s nothing to worry about.“… I have been cornered before, but I don’t feel that way now. I’m good. I’m excited. I like the potential. I like the youth. I like the direction we’re going. I see where we’re at. I see what we’re doing.”Of OSU’s 22 starters from the Baylor game Saturday, only four are seniors: Johnny Wilson, Marcus Keyes, Jordan McCray and A.J. Green. Eleven of those 22 starters are underclassmen. With Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace in their third years of eligibility, they could leave for the NFL Draft after this season. So, it’s likely at least 17 guys return.For this season, though, the Cowboys record might look quite different if it wasn’t for the turnovers. The Cowboys lost the turnover battle 5-0 in Lubbock a few weekends ago and almost miraculously lost by only 10 points.On Saturday, the Cowboys led 27-24 in the fourth quarter before the Bears scored 21 unanswered points to win the game, including a fumble recovery-turned-touchdown.OSU also had a chance to take a 20-10 lead into the half against Baylor before Sanders threw a jump ball short for Jordan McCray in the end zone that was intercepted. Sanders and McCray connected on an identical play for the Cowboys’ first score on the game.Gundy said Sanders’ demeanor between possessions was that of a “seasoned veteran” Saturday. Sanders’ demeanor has been tested at times this seasons, particularly in the first half of the Tulsa game and the Texas Tech loss. But Gundy said this is part of his young quarterback’s growth.“Forget the throw at the end of the first half,” Gundy said. “If he doesn’t drop the ball, and they don’t pick it up and run it in for a touchdown, we’re not really having this discussion.“He had proved that he had gotten better. He will get better each week. I guarantee you. The guy coaching him knows what he’s doing. He will get him better. And Spencer is a very prideful young man. The only issue he has to work on is thinking he can play a perfect game. He’ll accept responsibility. He’ll tell you he’s wrong. He’ll tell you it’s his fault. In a game, he wants to play a perfect game. That’s not gonna happen.”This makes for consecutive 4-3 starts for a program that is used to finishing near the top of the Big 12. Gundy said he can understand people’s frustration, but this isn’t something that can’t be fixed.“The program is on as good a ground as it’s ever been on here,” Gundy said. “We just gotta correct a few mistakes. That’s just life. It’s kinda the way it is. What people have to understand is this, I think most everybody knows me now. It’s not like I don’t get frustrated either. I go home, I take double ambien. Didn’t work. I woke up at 3:17 (a.m.). I came to work at 3:45 Sunday morning. That’s just the way it is. It’s not like I don’t know this, and it’s not like I don’t understand people’s frustration.“But, we also live in a society today where people want to b—- and complain about everything instead of putting their pants on and go fix it. We’re gonna fix it. Nobody around here’s gonna b—- and complain, from me to a coach to a player to anybody that works in that building over there. That’s the way it works. That’s the way that we’ll get better.” 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

2019 YASS Knockout

first_imgThe #YTKO turns the big 32!The Yass KO will be held over the weekend of 25th and 26th January 2020. See HERE for information and the 33 years of history about the YASS Knockout.It contains all the information you require, including accommodation, YASS KO rules and sponsors information. With up to $17000 in prize money, this years KO will be a cracker.Due to the success of the tournament, registrations are limited, don’t miss out, get your team registered now!last_img