It's first down, history to go for Oklahoma State

If the Cowboys defeat Arizona in the Alamo Bowl, the 2010 team would be the first in school history to win 11 games.
BY BRANDON CHATMON, STAFF WRITER, BCHATMON@OPUBCO.COM Modified: December 5, 2010 at 10:56 pm •  Published: December 5, 2010
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photo - Oklahoma State Kendall Hunter and the rest of the senior class can leave a lasting legacy if the Cowboys defeat Arizona in the Alamo Bowl.  Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State Kendall Hunter and the rest of the senior class can leave a lasting legacy if the Cowboys defeat Arizona in the Alamo Bowl. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

By Brandon Chatmon

Staff Writer

STILLWATER — Orie Lemon, Kendall Hunter and the rest of the Oklahoma State senior class can leave a lasting legacy on the football program.

If OSU can defeat Arizona in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 in San Antonio, the 2010 Cowboys would become the first team in school history to win 11 games.

“This group of seniors have a chance to separate themselves from every other team that has played at Oklahoma State,” coach Mike Gundy said.

The Pokes have already been a trailblazing group. They are the first team in school history to win 10 regular season games and first team to earn a share of the Big 12 South title while winning nine games for the third-straight season. OSU also broke long road losing streaks at Texas Tech and Texas.

“They've accomplished some big feats this year,” Gundy said.

Standing between OSU and win No. 11 is Arizona.

The Wildcats finished with a 7-5 overall record but was 4-5 in Pac 10 play. Arizona will enter the Alamo Bowl having lost four straight games.

Yet, coach Mike Stoops' Arizona team should not be overlooked.

The Wildcats feature one of the nation's top quarterbacks in Nick Foles, who ranks No. 8 nationally in passing yards per game (291.10). The junior has the physical tools to test OSU's secondary, which finished the season No. 115 in pass defense (275.50 yards allowed per game).

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