The Cowboys are on the road this weekend…kinda. Taking the one hour and ten minute drive east to Tulsa, Oklahoma State will undoubtedly play in front of a pro Orange and Black crowd at H.A. Chapman Stadium. Here are ten things you need to know about Saturday’s game.
1. Trending In The Right Direction
The Cowboys have won 12 straight non-conference games, matching the second longest streak in OSU history.
2. Yeah, We’ve Met Before
Oklahoma State and Tulsa have met on the gridiron 72 times in a series that dates back to 1914. The only school that Oklahoma State has faced more often than TU is Oklahoma. OSU leads the all-time series, 40-27-5, while Tulsa holds a 21-15-2 advantage in Tulsa. OSU coach Mike Gundy holds a 3-0 record against the Golden Hurricane, while TU coach Philip Montgomery is 0-1 against the Cowboys.
3. Are You Busy In 2024?
The two schools have signed a new 8-year home-and-home agreement to be played between the seasons of 2024-2031.
4. I’ll Be Waiting For You In The End Zone
Tylan Wallace leads the FBS with five receiving touchdowns and Chuba Hubbard ranks No. 3 nationally with four rushing touchdowns. Only three teams in FBS can claim two players with four touchdowns or more through two games.
5. Not Here To Be A Push Over
Tulsa’s defense had a three 4th down stops within its own 30-yard line in the first 6 quarters of the season – twice at Michigan State and once at San Jose State. The Golden Hurricane defense has totaled 13 TFLs in the first 2 games.
6. Is It Cheesy To Call Them, “The Three Amigos”?
The trio of quarterback Spencer Sanders, receiver Tylan Wallace and running back Chuba Hubbard is among the most explosive in college football. Nationally, the trio ranks No. 5 in pass efficiency, No. 5 in receiving yards and No. 10 in rushing yards, respectively. No other team in the country can claim top-10 performers in each of those categories.
7. There Won’t Be Time To Look Away
Tulsa’s 500+ yards at San Jose State last week marked the first 500+ total offense game for Tulsa since gaining 638 yards against UConn last year on Nov. 3, 2018.
Shamari Brooks had his 9th career 100+ rushing game with 140 yards on 29 carries, while scoring his 18th career TD at San Jose State.
Sophomore Sam Crawford, Jr. had his first career 100+ receiving game with 137 yards on 9 receptions at San Jose State.
8. We Can Play Defense As Well
With two goal line stands, two interceptions, including a pick-six on the second play of the game, the Cowboy defense showed several areas of promise in last week’s win. On the season, the Cowboys rank second in the Big 12 in red zone defense, second in passes intercepted and third in fourth down conversion percentage defense.
9. Remembering The All-Nighter
Weather played havoc the last time the Golden Hurricane and Cowboys met in Tulsa. On Sept. 17, 2011 the game was slated to kick-off at 9:10 p.m. on the FOX Sports Network, but due to severe weather the opening kickoff came at 12:16 a.m. Sunday – three hours and six minutes after the originally scheduled time.
10. On The Line
An Oklahoma State win on Saturday would…
• Mark the seventh straight win over Tulsa and the 11th win in the past 13 meetings with the Golden Hurricane.
• Make the Cowboys 41-27-5 all-time vs. Tulsa and 16-21-2 all-time against the Golden Hurricane in Tulsa.
• Give OSU 13 straight wins in non-conference games, marking the second-longest streak in OSU history and only trailing the 15-game streak from 1983-85.
• Improve the Cowboys to 35-5 in its past 40 non-conference games.
• Make OSU 65-12 in the past 77 games vs. unranked opponents, dating back to 2010.
• Improve Mike Gundy’s record vs. teams in the American Athletic Conference to 5-2.
• Improve Mike Gundy’s record in non-conference games to 52-11.
• Give OSU a 3-0 start for the third straight season and for the 10th time in the Mike Gundy era.
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