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  • NFL takes a licking, but it just keeps on ticking

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    After a week that left more questions than answers, this we know with certainty — the NFL brand is scandal proof.

  • Oklahoma State football: On a weird night for Cowboy quarterbacks, OSU cruises past UTSA

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Mike Gundy says his offense was flat. But for his first start, Daxx Garman seemed effective enough, limited as much by playcalling as anything else.

  • OSU football: Cowboys' defense shuts down UTSA on third down

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    OSU 43, UTSA 13 — Cowboys quarterback Daxx Garman’s completion percentage may not be all that great, but he’s protecting the football and picking up big yards on the throws he does complete.

  • OSU football report card: Mixed grades on a mixed night for the Cowboys

    jenni carlson | Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    OSU 43, UTSA 13 — The Cowboys defense played quite well vs. UT-San Antonio, but there was a little left to be desired with OSU’s offense. The playcalling and offensive line were a little suspect.

  • OSU football: Cowboys need to be on guard vs. upstart Texas-San Antonio

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    UTSA could be angling to become the next Boise State, the upstart that no big-boy program wants any part of but then becomes a big-boy program itself. Still, if you want to be the next Boise State, you have to beat teams from the major conferences, and that’s something UTSA hasn’t done.

  • College football's quarterbacks are on the run

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    Using a running quarterback in your offense is a risky proposition. But despite the injury risk, signal-callers are on the run more and more in today’s wide-open offenses.

  • Oklahoma football: Why the university got it right in its handling of Frank Shannon and Joe Mixon

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    As the NFL draws even more scrutiny for its handling of the Ray Rice incident, it is clear that OU comes out looking like it did the right thing in the Frank Shannon and Joe Mixon cases.

  • Oklahoma State football: Daxx Garman should be the Cowboy starter

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    COMMENTARY — It will be hard to replace a guy who is Oklahoma State’s team leader. But from what we saw Saturday against Missouri State, Daxx Garman should take over for J.W. Walsh as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback.

  • OSU football report card: Daxx Garman, Cowboys' receivers get high marks

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    OSU 40, Missouri State 23 — There was a little bit of a letdown coming off the valliant Week 1 effort vs. Florida State, but Oklahoma State made enough plays on Saturday to dispatch Missouri State as it should have.

  • OSU football by the numbers: Cowboys become 2nd team in NCAA history to block punt, FG and PAT

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Here is a look at Oklahoma State’s 40-23 win over Missouri State by the numbers: 1: Punt by Oklahoma State in its 40-23 victory against Missouri State. It didn’t come until the Cowboys’ final possession with less than two minutes remaining in the game. 2: OSU became only the second team in NCAA history to block a field goal, an extra point and a punt in a game. Oregon State is the other, achieving the special special-teams mark against Southern Cal in 1996. 5: Years since quarterback Daxx Garman played in a football game, dating back to his high school days at Jones. 6: Field goal attempts by Ben Grogan, tying the school record for most in a game. He only made four of them, though, missing from 51 and 46

  • OSU football: Jordan Sterns, other Cowboys youngsters finally getting their chance inside Boone Pickens Stadium

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    Many an orange blood sees this game against Missouri State as a nothingburger home opener, and after last week’s thriller against Florida State, it’s easy to understand the comedown. But there are a bunch of guys like Jordan Sterns on the OSU roster who feel differently.

  • OU football: Big win over La. Tech gave walk-on linebacker Caleb Gastelum a night he won't forget

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    NORMAN — Fans streamed toward the exits, players headed toward the locker room, and still, Caleb Gastelum lingered on the Owen Field turf. He talked with family. He posed for pictures. He soaked in everything. Hard to blame him. The Oklahoma reserve linebacker had a game he could’ve only dreamed about when he arrived on campus as a walk-on. Even though this 48-16 victory against overmatched Louisiana Tech might be soon forgotten in a season many expect to be grand, Gastelum will long remember it. That’s because he stepped in and played nearly every snap of the game.

  • OU football: A look at the Sooners' win by the numbers

    jenni carlson | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Here is a look at Oklahoma’s 48-16 win over La. Tech by the numbers: * 3: Oklahoma starters who have now started at least three season openers. All of them are on the offensive line: Adam Shead, Daryl Williams and Tyler Evans. * 4: Starters who made their first career start Saturday night – fullback Dimitri Flowers, running back Alex Ross, linebacker Jordan Evans and safety Ahmad Thomas. * 5: Rushing touchdowns for OU, the most since scoring six against Texas in 2012. * 22: Sterling Shepard’s spot on OU’s all-time receiving list with 1,273 yards. He moved into the spot Saturday and passed his late father, Derrick, in the process. * 30: Plays run by Louisiana Tech in the first half. * 31: Points

  • OU report card: Sooners QB Trevor Knight solid, not spectacular in victory

    jenni carlson | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    On a night that OU rolled La Tech 48-16, the grades reflect that dominance. TREVOR KNIGHT: A The Sooner quarterback was stout from the get-go. He finished the night 19 of 34 for 253 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He rushed for another 17 yards. Knight wasn’t as spectacular as guy who finished last season with that breakout performance against Alabama, but remember, OU didn’t have to bust open the playbook against Louisiana Tech. The playcalling was rightly conservative, but Knight still looked sharp. PROTECTING KNIGHT: C The grade isn’t a knock on anyone in particular. It’s more a reflection of circumstance.

  • Oklahoma football: The 32 Big 12 football coaches Bob Stoops has faced since arriving at OU

    By Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    BOB STOOPS — As he prepares to coach his 200th game at Oklahoma on Saturday against Louisiana Tech, here’s a look at the other Big 12 coaches Bob Stoops has faced with the Sooners.

  • Oklahoma football: Why the stability of Bob Stoops' job has been so valuable to the Stoops family

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    On the day that Oklahomans ring in the start of the college football season, Carol Stoops’ husband, Bob, will begin his 16th season as Oklahoma’s football coach. He will also coach his 200th game for the Sooners.

  • Oklahoma football: David Boren said Bob Stoops 'is far more than a football coach'

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    On Saturday night, Bob Stoops will coach his 200th game at Oklahoma. It is a significant mark, and with this milestone, the coach and his bosses discuss why this has been such a good fit for both sides.

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops to coach 200th game at Oklahoma

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Oh, won’t you stay? As Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops prepares to coach his 200th game at Oklahoma, here’s a look at the major-college football coaches who have been at one school for the most games. Current coaches 1. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech, 335 2. Larry Blakeney, Troy, 280 3. Bill Snyder, Kansas State, 269* 4. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma, 199 5. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa, 187 6. Mark Richt, Georgia, 171 7. Gary Pinkel, Missouri, 165 8. Gary Patterson, TCU, 164 9. Mike Riley, Oregon State, 161** 10. George O’Leary, Central Florida, 128 *Snyder coached Kansas State from 1989-2005 and 2009-present **Riley coached Oregon State from 1997-98 and

  • Oklahoma State football: The ups and downs of Jameis Winston

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Florida State quarterback is a Heisman winner and leads the No. 1 team in the country into Saturday night’s game against OSU. But no player in the country is more polarizing.

  • Big 12 football predictions: Baylor's Art Briles the best coach in the Big 12?

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Football 2014 — The Oklahoman’s Jenni Carlson projects the 2014-15 Big 12 season.