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By the numbers: Oklahoma State’s final national rankings

by Gina Mizell Published: January 15, 2013

With bowl season in the books, the NCAA updated its final statistical rankings.

A few things that stick out:

*Who would have thought J.W. Walsh would finish fourth in the nation in passing efficiency? He disappeared from these rankings for a few weeks while he was hurt, but by the end, he had played in enough of the Cowboys games to qualify again.

*OSU had problems forcing turnovers for much of the season. But it had a strong stretch run in that category, and finished with a somewhat respectable even turnover margin (22 takeaways and giveaways). That ranked 58th in the nation. After leading college football in that category last season, though, that’s still a disappointing number by the Cowboys’ standards.

*The Cowboys’ struggles against the pass and in defending returns is reflected in the numbers.

*It feels like punt returns were kind of a disaster for OSU this season. Or, at best, an adventure. And yet the Cowboys ranked 23rd in the nation in that category. Go figure.

*Quinn Sharp and Joseph Randle will be missed.

Top of the heap

3. Scoring offense (45.61 points per game)
3. Net punting (40.89 yards per punt)
4. Total offense (547 yards per game)
4. Red zone offense (93 percent)
7. Passing offense (331.69 yards per game)
11. First down offense (26.62 per game)
11. Kickoff returns (24.96 yards per return)
T11. Fumbles lost (6)
T11. Sacks allowed (0.92 per game)
18. Passing efficiency (152.41 rating)
21. Rushing offense (215.31 yards per game)
T22. Tackles for loss allowed (4.62 per game)
23. Punt returns (11.44 yards per return)
T25. Tackles for loss (6.92 per game)
T25. Third down conversion percentage (46.20 percent)
29. Red zone defense (77 percent)

Middle of the pack

31. Third down conversion percentage defense (36.28 allowed per game)
37. Rushing defense (141.69 yards allowed per game)
44. Pass efficiency defense (125.14 rating)
T51. Fumbles recovered (11)
T55. Fourth down conversion percentage (50 percent)
T57. Turnovers gained (22)
T58. Turnovers lost (22)
T58. Turnover margin (even)
T63. Interceptions (11)
64. Scoring defense (28.23 points allowed per game)
T66. Sacks (1.92 per game)
T78. Fourth down conversion percentage defense (53.33 percent)
80. Total defense (421.69 yards allowed per game)

Bottom of the barrel

T81. Penalties (6.38 per game)
91. Penalty yards (59.77 per game)
T100. Interceptions thrown (16)
104. First down defense (23.46 allowed per game)
110. Pass defense (280 per game)
T111. Kickoff return yardage defense (24.85 yards allowed per return)
114. Punt return yardage defense (12.31 yards allowed per return)

Notable individual stats

Quinn Sharp
1. Field goals (2.15 per game)
2. Scoring (12 points per game)

Josh Stewart
10. Receptions per game (7.77)
T15. Total receiving yards (1,210)
19. Receiving yards per game (93.08)

Joseph Randle
21. Rushing (109 yards per game)
38. All-purpose yards (126.23 yards per game)

Justin Gilbert
23. Kickoff returns (25.84 yards per return)

J.W. Walsh
4. Passing efficiency (170.11 rating)

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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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