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By the numbers: Offensive numbers stay high

by Gina Mizell Published: October 23, 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.

After sputtering against Kansas two weeks ago, the Oklahoma State offense found its footing again last week against Iowa State. J.W. Walsh passed for 415 yards, the ninth-best performance in school history, despite playing the majority of the game on a severely injured knee that will now keep him out for the rest of the season. The Cowboys nearly had three receivers — Charlie Moore, Josh Stewart, Blake Jackson — go over 100 yards. Joseph Randle bounced back with more than 150 yards on the ground.

As a result, the Cowboys rank in the top 10 in the nation in virtually every offensive category.

Some other notes:

OSU is slowly climbing out of the cellar in penalties (77th) and penalty yardage (96). Those rankings don’t seem great, but at one point, the Cowboys ranked near the bottom of the nation in those categories, mostly because of the terrible showing at Arizona.

The Cowboys still rank low in turnover stats.

OSU is still very, very low in kickoff coverage. But that stat is a bit misleading, given the few opportunities the opposing team has to even return a kickoff, because of Quinn Sharp’s touchback capability. Still, giving up a touchdown return isn’t good.

Top of the heap

1. Total offense (605.33 yards per game)
2. Net punting (45.53 yards per game)
4. Scoring offense (45.67 points per game)
4. Sacks allowed (0.50 per game)
6. First down offense (28.50 per game)
7. Passing offense (351 yards per game)
7. Third down conversion percentage (53.85 percent)
8. Rushing offense (254.33 yards per game)
14. Red zone offense (91 percent)
20. Pass efficiency (155.82 rating)
25. Kickoff returns (24.84 yards per return)

Middle of the pack

32. Tackles for loss (6.67 per game)
T33. Fourth-down conversion percentage defense (38.46 percent)
36. Rushing defense (128.83 yards allowed per game)
37. Pass efficiency defense (117.06 rating)
37. Third-down conversion percentage defense (35.29 percent)
39. Turnovers lost (11)
41. Punt returns (10.61 yards per game)
45. Total defense (365.83 yards per game)
50. Tackles for loss allowed (5.17 per game)
52. Scoring defense (24.67 points per game)
53. Sacks (2 per game)
58. Punt return defense (7.20 yards allowed per return)
60. First down defense (20.17 allowed per game)
72. Pass defense (237 yards allowed per game)
T77. Penalties (6.50 per game)

Bottom of the barrel

T86. Interceptions (4)
96. Penalty yards (66.33 per game)
101. Turnover margin (-0.83 per game)
101. Red Zone defense (88 percent)
T107. Fourth-down conversion percentage (28.57 percent)
T111. Turnovers gained (6)
T112. Fumble recoveries (2)
119. Kickoff return defense (30.14 yards per return)

Notable individual stats

Joseph Randle
8. Rushing (127.50 yards per game)
T19. All-purpose yards (147 per game)

Josh Stewart
T13. Receptions per game (7)

Quinn Sharp
14. Field goals (1.67 per game)

J.W. Walsh
14. Passing efficiency (163.78 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...
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