For the third time in four games Oklahoma State is on the road. With a road trip to Austin, Texas this weekend the Cowboys have the opportunity to announce their presence, once again, as a player in the Big 12 championship race. A win over the Longhorns wouldn’t just eliminate Texas from the College Football Playoff picture, it would put them firmly behind the chains in the conference standings.
Here are ten things you need to know about Saturday’s Big 12 opener.
1. What Home Field Advantage?
Oklahoma State has won five straight games at Texas and is the only team in college football history to have done so.
2. But Wait A Minute…
Texas holds a 24-9 advantage in the all-time series with Oklahoma State. That includes a 14-6 record in Austin.
3. Yeah But…
The Cowboys have won seven of the past nine meetings, including their current four-game winning streak. The streak marks the longest for the Cowboys in the history of the series.
4. Coming Into His Own
In a conference that is dominated by quarterback play Texas junior Sam Ehlinger is one of three FBS quarterbacks with at least 10 TD passes and no interceptions in 2019 (Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama – 12 TD/0 INT; Justin Herbert, Oregon – 11/0).
Ehlinger has not thrown an interception in his last 139 attempts, dating back to last season’s Allstate Sugar Bowl. That is the third longest stretch in UT history.
5. The Young Gun
With a 181.8 pass efficiency rating, Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders ranks third nationally among FBS freshmen and No. 14 nationally among all players. Through the first three games of his career, he is 43-of-64 passing for 622 yards and seven touchdowns to just one interception. He has also rushed for 219 yards and a touchdown.
6. Only Getting Stronger
After running for 708 yards, on 142 attempts, as a true freshman in 2018, Texas running back Keaontay Ingram has already carried the ball 34 times for 181 yards (5.3 YPC) and three TDs in 2019. He has also caught 10 passes for 94 yards.
7. Dynamic Duo
Oklahoma State receiver Tylan Wallace and running back Chuba Hubbard form the most explosive duo in all of college football. Between the two, the Cowboys have the FBS leader in rushing yards, receiving yards, rushing touchdowns, receiving touchdowns, rushing yards per game, receiving yards per game, yards after contact (according to Pro Football Focus), yards after catch (PFF) and plays from scrimmage of at least 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90 yards. Wallace and Hubbard are two of the four leading touchdown scorers in the nation and have accounted for 13 of OSU’s 20 total touchdowns this season (65%).
8. New Blood
Twenty-two Longhorns have played in their first career games through three weeks, including 15 true freshmen.
9. Going Deep!
The Cowboys have seven offensive plays of 50 yards or longer this season, more than any other team in the nation. Each of those seven plays ended in a touchdown. Last week alone, the OSU offense completed a touchdown pass of 90 yards and had a touchdown rush of 75 yards.
O-State also has touchdown passes of 75, 69, 69 and 59 yards this season, as well as 53-yard touchdown rush. Of those seven scoring plays, four different players have taken the ball into the end zone. OSU’s five plays of 60-plus yards are also more than any other team in the nation.
10. Scoring Points Has Been Their Thing
The Texas Offense is averaging 43.7 points per game (21st nationally/5th Big 12) through three games and has racked up nearly 1,500 yards of total offense in that stretch (497.7 YPG).
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