• OSU Football: Ogbah Clarifies Comments

    john helsley | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Emmanuel Ogbah, the Cowboys’ defensive star, felt the need to clarify postgame comments in the aftermath of his team’s 58-23 loss to Oklahoma Saturday night. Seated before reporters, Ogbah was asked for his thoughts on the game. Said Ogbah: “They were better prepared and pretty much out-coached us. We were out-coached.” Ogbah’s tone was low-key, not defiant. Nothing like Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott the week before, when he called out the Buckeyes coaching staff for not giving him enough carries in a loss to Michigan State.

  • OSU Football: Big Game James Hits Mark

    john helsley | Updated: 12 hr ago

    When Cowboys receiver James Washington streaked 72 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, the sophomore passed the 1,000-yard mark receiving for the season. “It just shows that I guess hard work pays off,” Washington said. “I work hard in practice all the time. I do what the coaches tell me to do. And I just try to do what I can to help my team win, really. That’s what it comes down to.” Washington entered the game with 908 yards receiving, then led the Cowboys with seven catches for 169 yards. He became the first OSU receiver to reach that mark since Josh Stewart in 2012. “I never kept up with any numbers,” Washington said. “I just try to win, every game.

  • OSU Football: Gundy Stresses Perspective

    john helsley | Updated: 12 hr ago

    The 58-23 final score put a damper on the night and dashed, early, hopes of a Big 12 championship that surged to life when TCU knocked off Baylor Friday night. The Cowboys have now lost two games in a row, too, after a 10-0 start, falling to Baylor and Oklahoma. So some shine is coming off the Cowboys. Gundy said he hopes his players will maintain perspective on what they have accomplished, rather than what they did not late in the season. “Tonight, I was disappointed because the score and the way it ended will take away some from the players and what they were able to accomplish this year,” Gundy said. “Selfishly, being the coach of these guys, they lost to two teams that are ranked

  • OSU FOOTBALL: Ogbah's Senior Night?

    john helsley | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Going back to the preseason, Cowboys junior Emmanuel Ogbah seemed destined for a jump to the NFL. At Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, he even allowed a slip, while talking about mentoring a young group of backups. “I help in those areas,” Ogbah said. “And they realize they need to step up, because there are other guys who are leaving soon. Guys like Jarrell Owens, he knows he has to step up to the plate next year when I’m… well, when I’m gone.” Saturday, Ogbah made his move official, taking part in Senior Night festivities at Boone Pickens Stadium. The defensive end, the reigning Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year, is having a strong season, leading the Big 12 in

  • OSU Football: With Bedlam, No Reminders Necessary

    john helsley | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    A group of Cowboys leaders, headed by seniors J.W. Walsh and David Glidden, have made a point throughout the season to check in with OSU’s younger players, to make sure they’re maintaining focus on that week’s task at hand. This week, not as much. “Not much has to be said at all. It’s Bedlam,” Walsh said. “You walk around campus and you hear what’s going on. You go out to eat and people are talking about it. Anywhere you go in the town, it’s being talked about. “There’s not much that needs to be said inside our locker room and meetings, because we know how big a game it is. We know the impact. We’re fired up to play and we’re ready to go.

  • OSU Football: Another Year for J.W. Walsh?

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh already braces for the rush of feelings associated with Saturday night, when he’ll be introduced as one of 17 seniors on Senior Night at Boone Pickens Stadium. “There’s going to be a lot of emotion,” he said. What might be even more emotional for Walsh? A sixth year of eligibility. “Absolutely,” Walsh said. Walsh and the Cowboys are likely to petition the NCAA for a sixth year waiver, due to hardship from injury. Walsh was hurt in OSU’s second game of 2014 and missed the rest of the season, which would be the basis of any appeal. The chances of Walsh receiving a waiver, however, appear unlikely.

  • OSU Football: Baylor's Stidham Should Play

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma loomed as something potentially much worse for Baylor when it appeared Bears quarterback Jarrett Stidham may have been injured. The true freshman played through a back injury suffered in the first quarter of the loss to the Sooners, yet went for an MRI on Sunday, putting his availability for Saturday’s game at Oklahoma State in doubt, at least temporarily. Monday, Stidham told reporters he was feeling “a lot better.” “Saturday, after the game, I was feeling pretty bad,” he said. “But that’s just part of it.” The mood was good enough in Waco that Bears coach even joked about Stidham’s condition. “I told

  • OSU Football: Todd Mays No Longer With Team

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Oklahoma State hoped that it had a player of some sort in Todd Mays, who was added from junior college late last October. A running back. A receiver. A quarterback. He was billed as an “athlete” coming out of East Mississippi Junior College, where he played all three positions. The Cowboys, then in need of able running backs, hoped he might help bolster options in the backfield. That hope has sailed – back to Mississippi. Monday, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy revealed that Mays had left the team and gone home. “We were hoping he’d fit in,” Gundy said. “It just didn’t work out for him. He never really got comfortable. He was injured, had a couple of injuries. He

  • OSU Basketball: Cowboys Land Big Man

    john helsley | Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    On the eve of the NCAA’s early signing day, Oklahoma State added a fourth piece to its recruiting class. A much-needed piece, a big man, 6-10 power forward Gorjok Gak of Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton, Fla. Gak, a four-star recruit by Scout.com, chose the Cowboys over UConn, Florida, Maryland and SMU, among others. He made his announcement Tuesday night via Twitter: “After talking it through with my family & coach.. I have officially committed to Oklahoma State University!!” he wrote on his Twitter page. Gak weighs just 205 pounds, so he’ll need to bulk up. Still, he gives the Cowboys a big man not only in their latest class, but for the future, at a position that has proved

  • OSU Hoops: Special Native American Uniforms Coming

    john helsley | Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    OSU’s basketball teams are giving a nod to the state’s Native American heritage with special uniforms, the first to be debuted Friday at the Cowboys’ season opener. The school has partnered with Nike on the project, which will feature turquoise Nike N7 uniforms in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. The Cowboys will wear their uniforms Friday against Tennessee-Martin. The Cowgirls will wear theirs on Nov. 20, when they host Southern Illinois Edwardsville. The color turquoise represents harmony, friendship and fellowship in the Native American culture. Along with OSU, eight other schools are participating in the initiative to highlight Native American Heritage Month.

  • OSU Football: Cowboys In Focus

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Oklahoma State made the most of its Saturday romp past TCU. The nation noticed, first seen in OSU’s rise in the polls, up to No. 5 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches rankings. ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit included the Cowboys in his top four for this week’s College Football Playoff rankings, which will be released Tuesday night. Monday, the Biletnikoff Award folks added Cowboys wide receiver James Washington to its watch list. It was an obvious move, given Washington’s last three weeks: 487 yards and six touchdowns, better than anyone in the nation in those categories over that span. Of Washington’s 15 receptions in those games, 93 percent went for touchdowns or first downs.

  • OSU Football: Boykin Has Cowboys' Full Attention

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    Through eight games, OSU has faced some quality quarterbacks. No one, however, like Trevone Boykin. No one close. Boykin, among the Heisman Trophy frontrunners, has few peers as a dual-threat quarterback. He’s got the stats: 365 passing yards per game, with 28 touchdowns, completing 67 percent of his throws; 524 rushing yards, with six more TDs. He’s the Big 12 total offense leader. And he’s got clutch credentials, too, rallying the Horned Frogs to wins at Texas Tech and Kansas State. “If there’s a more dynamic player out there in college football, I haven’t seen it,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. So heading into Saturday’s showdown with No. 8 TCU

  • OSU Football: Lacy Makes Most Of Moments

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    OSU’s depth at wide receiver, while a major asset for the team, can be a major challenge for receivers on the fringe of significant playing time. So every moment matters when any given guy is on the field. Sophomore Chris Lacy thrived in his moments during Saturday’s win over Kansas, catching four passes for 76 yards, including his first two career touchdowns. “It was pretty fun, to finally be able to get out there and make plays,” said Lacy. “It was pretty exciting.” Lacy, who played as a true freshman a year ago, has always been a valued receiver among Cowboys coaches.

  • OSU Basketball: Evans Growing On The Go

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    Juwan Evans is OSU's latest premium point guard from the Dallas area, the last being Marcus Smart. Evans, however, should not be confused with Smart. Not in size. Not in style. Not in personality. Comparisons? "There are none," said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. "They are two totally different players in style of play, physical manor and a lot of other ways. There are no similarities other than they're both very talented." There's the good news for Cowboys fans. Both are talented, very talented, Ford says. Smart started as a freshman and so will Evans. And like Smart, Evans is a key figure in this season.

  • OSU Football: Nice Guy Whitener Will "Light You Up"

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    (Chad Whitener is ready for his closeup, replacing injured Ryan Simmons) The Cowboys suffered a blow Tuesday when Ryan Simmons revealed that he’s suffered torn knee ligaments that would require surgery and end his season. Simmons is one of the team’s unquestioned leaders, and as the middle linebacker, operated as the brain stem of the defense. He’d started 31 straight games. Now the job flips to Chad Whitener, a Cal transfer whom I wrote about here today. Who is Whitener? “Chad is one of the nicest guys on the football team,” said quarterback J.W. Walsh, also Whitener’s roommate, along with offensive tackle Zach Crabtree.

  • OSU Football: Cowboys Beat The Heat In Texas

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    OSU’s enhanced depth played role in Saturday’s 30-27 win at Texas, where the temperature on the field was reported to be as high as 128 degrees. The Cowboys substituted freely, although the heat was still felt. “It was ridiculous,” said linebacker Ryan Simmons. “I was cotton-mouthed the whole game. My lips were so dry. The sun was constantly beaming on my lips, and I’m constantly trying to bring saliva. “It’s like you’re evaporating every time you get some water on you. It was ridiculously hot.” Still, the Cowboys pushed through, especially on defense in a dominant second half.

  • OSU Football: Glidden Keeps Producing

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    The roll call of talented OSU receivers usually starts with Brandon Sheperd and James Washington and Marcell Ateman and Jhajuan Seales, eventually getting to David Glidden. Maybe it’s time to move Glidden more prominent in the conversation. Through three games, Glidden leads the Cowboys with 12 receptions, 283 yards, three touchdowns and a 23.6 yards-per-catch average. He also owns six of the offense’s 11 longest play from scrimmage, including a 67-yard scoring catch against Central Arkansas that stands as the longest this season – all from the slot. Glidden, a senior from Mustang, has scored a touchdown in all three games. And the Cowboys will continue to look his way.

  • OSU Football: Keeping Poker Face Important

    john helsley | Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    OSU’s running game remains a work in progress. Open holes have been rare through two games, resulting in an average of 158.5 yards per game – a number that ranks No. 82 nationally. Still, the Cowboys say, they’re all in it together. The emphasis is on being supportive, not destructive. “As a running back,” said Rennie Childs, “you can’t just get on your offensive line and yell at them and stuff. That’s not a good way to get at them. “You have to have a good poker face and let them know everything’s going to be all right.” That philosophy is pressed from the top down and sold as a vital piece of the culture at OSU.

  • OSU football: Can Cowboys strike deep?

    john helsley | Updated: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    UTSA, while 0-2, has been in both of its losses, even last week in a 30-3 setback to Kansas State, which led just 13-3 after three quarters. One fatal flaw for the Roadrunners in each loss: the big play. UTSA has already allowed 11 explosive plays – plays of 20 yards or longer – including nine via the pass, likely a reflection of a secondary that features six freshmen or sophomores on the two-deep. “Definitely, I’m concerned about it,” said UTSA coach Larry Coker. The big plays have led to eight scoring drives for opponents, including five touchdowns. Now the Roadrunners get OSU, which has 11 players who have already produced at least

  • OSU Hoops: Cowboys Hosting Prospect

    john helsley | Updated: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    Basketball season isn’t far off. Really, it isn’t. The Cowboys are already working loosely, with official practices beginning next month and the season opener set for Nov. 13 (Tennessee-Martin inside Gallagher-Iba Arena). Basketball recruiting season never ends. And this weekend could be an important weekend for OSU hoops, with one prominent prospect in for a visit. Cameron McGriff, a four-star prospect, is on an official visit to Stillwater, where things should be hopping with the football home opener.