2015 Record: 4-7
2015 Offensive Stats
Points Per Game: 20.09
Rushing Yards Per Game: 189.8
Passing Yards Per Game: 154.64
Leading Rusher: Julius Maracalin* (590 yards, 5.8 YPC, 3 TDs)
Leading Passer: D’Shaie Landor* (1,228 yards, 7 TDs, 4 INTs)
Leading Receiver: Brandon Acker* (343 yards, 13.72 ypc, 2 TDs)
2015 Defensive Stats
Points Per Game: 21.82
Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game: 157.3
Passing Yards Allowed Per Game: 192.18
Leading Tackler: Herbert Harris (78 tackles, 12.5 for loss)
Leader In Sacks: Aaron Price (5 sacks)
Leader In Interceptions: Harlan Miller (4 INTs)
(*) Indicates Player Returning In 2016
Southeastern Louisiana closed out their 2015 season on a four-game losing skid and while the Lions bring many of their top performers back on offense in 2016, they also lost most of their key defensive contributors from a season ago. Look for SE Louisiana to try an control the clock by attempting to move the ball on the ground against an OSU defense that ranked 87th nationally against the rush in 2015. Look for any success the Lions may gain to be quickly countered by an Oklahoma State offense that is just going to be too powerful and fast for the Lions to keep up with.
The name of the game for Oklahoma State on Saturday is to get out healthy. The Cowboys want to shake off some rust, see if they can get their rushing attack on track (113th nationally in 2015) and get a good look at some of the newcomers in game action. There will be no challenge on the scoreboard as OSU brings in 19 returning starters from a team that went to the Sugar Bowl in 2015. This game is a tune-up for their tune-up against Central Michigan next week.
Mike Gundy’s checklist for the day will include the following.
- Run The Ball
- Score Often
- Avoid Turnovers and Penalties
- Stay Healthy