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By the numbers: Prolific offense, steady defense

Gina Mizell Published: October 30, 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.

The “bottom of the barrel” category is shrinking, which does correspond with OSU’s two consecutive dominant performances against Iowa State and TCU.

Offensive numbers are high, as usual. But they’re starting to find a bit of a plateau as we enter the stretch run and move away from the Savannah State game. And as we’ve noted several times, OSU’s defensive numbers are pretty darn solid.

Three weeks ago, OSU ranked 101st in penalties, 65th in third down conversion percentage defense and 92nd in scoring defense. Now, the Cowboys rank 71st, 22nd and 44th, respectively, in those areas. Big jump in all three.

Top of the heap

1. Total offense (586.14 yards per game)
2. Sacks allowed (0.43 per game)
2. Net punting (43.55 yards per punt)
6. Scoring offense (44.29 points per game)
6. Passing offense (347.14 yards per game)
T7. First down offense (27.57 per game)
9. Red zone offense (93 percent)
12. Third down conversion percentage (50.47)
13. Rushing offense (239 yards per game)
16. Kickoff returns (25.52 yards per return)
18. Passing efficiency (154.03 rating)
22. Third down conversion percentage defense (32.76)
26. Passing efficiency defense (113.61 rating)

Middle of the pack

32. Rushing defense (127.71 yards allowed per game)
39. Tackles for loss (6.43 per game)
42. Total defense (362.71 yards per game)
43. Fourth down conversion percentage defense (42.86)
43. Turnovers lost (13)
44. Scoring defense (23.14 points allowed per game)
45. Tackles for loss allowed (5.14 per game)
46. Punt returns (9.59 yards per return)
49. Red zone defense (80 percent)
T55. First down defense (20 allowed per game)
56. Sacks (2 per game)
64. Pass defense (235 yards allowed per game)
T70. Interceptions (6)
71. Penalties (6.29 per game)

Bottom of the barrel

94. Turnover margin (-0.57)
T95. Fourth down conversion percentage defense (37.50)
84. Penalty yards (62.57 per game)
101. Turnovers gained (9)
T110. Fumble recoveries (3)
114. Kickoff return defense (26.22 yards per return)

Notable individual stats

Joseph Randle
9. Rushing (127.29 yards per game)
19. All-purpose yards (149.29 per game)

Quinn Sharp
2. Field goals (2.14 per game)
6. Scoring (11.71 points per game)

Justin Gilbert
14. Kickoff returns (28.13 yards per return)

J.W. Walsh
11. Passing efficiency (163.78 rating)

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