OSU Cowboys


By the numbers: Offensive stats dip after Kansas game

by Gina Mizell Published: October 16, 2012

We all know that the numbers don’t tell the whole story (or as Todd Monken would say, “stats are, really, for losers”). But each week, we’ll update where Oklahoma State ranks in the NCAA’s major statistical categories.

Here’s what sticks out to me this week:

After scoring just 20 points against Kansas Saturday, OSU’s offensive numbers understandably dipped. The Cowboys still lead the nation in total offense (601.40 yards per game), but fell from first to third in scoring offense (48.60 points per game), first to fifth in red zone offense (96 percent), fifth to ninth in rushing offense (263.20 yards per game) and fifth to seventh in passing offense (338.20 yards per game).

Big jump in net punting — 28th to second — thanks to Quinn Sharp’s dominant day (averaged 53 yards per punt).

Also a big jump for fourth down conversion percentage defense — tied for 95th to 40th — after stopping KU on all five fourth down conversion attempts.

Turnover and penalty numbers still put OSU near the bottom of the nation.

Top of the heap

1. Total offense (601.40 yards per game)
2. Net punting (43.23 yards per punt)
2. Sacks allowed (0.40 per game)
3. Scoring offense (48.60 points per game)
5. Third down conversion percentage (54.79 percent)
T5. Red zone offense (96 percent)
7. Passing offense (338.20 yards per game)
8. First down offense (28.60 per game)
9. Rushing offense (263.20 yards per game)
18. Kickoff returns (25.82 yards per return)
18. Passing efficiency (157.51 rating)
22. Tackles for loss (7.40 per game)

Middle of the pack

33. Punt returns (11.37 yards per return)
37. Turnovers lost (nine)
40. Fourth down conversion percentage defense (36.36 percent)
44. Rushing defense (134.40 yards allowed per game)
47. Sacks (2.20 per game)
49. Total defense (370.80 yards allowed per game)
51. Tackles for loss allowed (5.20 per game)
52. Pass efficiency defense (123.56 rating)
T58. Punt return defense (7.20 yards allowed per return)
59. Third down conversion percentage defense (37.65 percent)
T69. First down defense (21 allowed per game)
73. Scoring defense (27.60 points allowed per game)
73. Pass defense (236.40 yards allowed per game)
T80. Penalties (6.80 per game)

Bottom of the barrel

T91. Interceptions (three)
T96. Fourth down conversion percentage (33.33 percent)
104. Turnover margin (-1.00 per game)
105. Penalty yards (72.40 per game)
T112. Red zone defense (93 percent)
T115 (last). Fumble recoveries (one)
T116. Turnovers gained (four)
119. Kickoff return defense (30.14 yards allowed per return)

Notable individual stats

Joseph Randle
11. Rushing (122.80 yards per game)
25. All-purpose yards (141.60 per game)

Quinn Sharp
11. Field goals (1.80 per game)

Justin Gilbert
11. Kickoff returns (29.55 yards per return)

J.W. Walsh
6. Pass efficiency (170.16 rating)

by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
+ show more

Trending Now


  1. 1
    10 Most Popular Wedding 'First Dance' Songs
  2. 2
    Psychologists Studied the Most Uptight States in America, and Found a Striking Pattern
  3. 3
    Facebook Post Saves Drowning Teen
  4. 4
    Saturday's front page of the New York Times sports section is simple: LeBron James and transactions
  5. 5
    The 19th-century health scare that told women to worry about "bicycle face"
+ show more