Oklahoma State gets to give off the Big 12 Bowl season when it plays former conference foe Texas A&M on Friday in the Texas Bowl. The Cowboys (8-4) are making their 20th bowl win while the Aggies are looking for their 19th. Here’s what you’ll want to know about the Texas Bowl.
The Texas Bowl will mark the 28th meeting between Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, with the series dating back to 1913. It is the first time the teams have met since 2011, when OSU defeated TAMU, 30-29, during the Aggies’ final season in the Big 12 Conference.
The Aggies own a 17-10 all-time advantage in the series, but the Cowboys have won each of the past four matchups. TAMU also holds a 3-1 advantage in neutral site meetings, with the most recent occurring in the 1981 Independence Bowl. OSU’s four-game win streak against the TAMU marks its longest in the history of the series.
Mike Gundy is 4-3 in his career against Texas A&M, while Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher is 1-0 in his career against the Cowboys, as he coached No. 1 Florida State to a narrow 37-31 win over OSU to open the 2014 season.
The Ball Hawk
A&M senior defensive back Charles Oliver ranks 11th in the nation averaging 1.4 passes defended per game … His 14 breakups on the year are good for second in the SEC and third on A&M’s single-season list.
He needs four pass breakups to hold the all-time record at A&M, he’s currently tied for third with 33 in his career.
Signs That Things Are Going Well For The Pokes
Since 2005, when the Cowboys win the turnover battle they are 70-9 (88.6 pct.). They are 37-2 (94.9 pct.) in games when they commit zero turnovers. OSU is 99-24 under Gundy when outrushing the opponent (80.5 pct.) and is 42-5 when holding the opponent under 100 yards on the ground (89.4 pct.).
History also shows that OSU is tough to beat when it takes a lead into halftime, as the Cowboys are 99-9 when leading at intermission under Gundy (91.7 pct.).
Gundy-coached teams are undefeated when holding opponents to fewer than 20 points, holding a perfect 60-0 record. OSU has won 68 consecutive games when holding its opponent to fewer than 20 points, dating to Sept. 13, 2003 – the longest active streak in the nation.
They Don’t Like To Share
The Aggies lead the SEC and rank 13th in the nation in time of possession (33:01) … They set a season high in the category against South Carolina (41:39).
They Know What’s Coming But Can’t Stop It
Oklahoma State enters this week’s game ranked second in the Big 12 and 16th in the FBS by averaging 236.3 rushing yards per game. With one game still left on the schedule, the Cowboys’ 12-game rushing total is already the most in a season for OSU since 2008.
Junior QB Kellen Mond joined Johnny Manziel as the only Aggies in program history to pass for 7,000 yards and rush for 1,000.
Mond is climbing the all-time winningest quarterback list at A&M and is currently in fifth with a 21-11 record.
He became the fourth Aggie to reach 8,000 career yards of total offense and upped his total to 8,468 at Georgia.
He has passed and rushed for a touchdown in the same game 14 times in his career, more than any other SEC starting quarterback at their current institution.
Mond also ranks in the top five all-time at A&M in career passing yards, completions, attempts and passing TDs.
Best In The Nation
Chuba Hubbard leads the FBS by averaging 161.6 yards per game against FBS teams with winning records. That average is a little more than 14 yards per game better than second-place J.K. Dobbins from Ohio State
His 296 rushing yards in Oklahoma State’s win over Kansas State represents the largest singlegame output for any Power Five player in the country this year.
With one game remaining on the schedule, Hubbard is on pace to finish with 2,097 rushing yards, which would rank 18th in FBS history and third in Big 12 Conference history. Since 2000, only seven Power Five conference players have rushed for more than 2,100 yards in a season and done so averaging more than Hubbard’s current mark of 161.3 yards per game.
The Cowboys lead the FBS with 19 offensive plays of 50 yards or longer, 12 plays of 60 yards or longer, seven plays of 70 yards or longer, three plays of 80 yards or longer and two plays of 90 yards or longer.
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