• Cowboys forced to rally to beat Central Michigan 24-13

    Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 09:54 PM

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Mason Rudolph threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Oklahoma State came from behind to beat Central Michigan 24-13 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.

  • The Oklahoman's 2015 OSU football predictions

    Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 09:14 AM

    As Oklahoma State prepares to take on Central Michigan in the season opener, The Oklahoman’s college football coverage team shared its picks for the Cowboys season.

  • New Yorker is all about orange and Oklahoma State

    Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    A 19-year-old student at Erie Community College in Orchard Park, N.Y., Lozanovski has no tangible connection to OSU. As a kid growing up, he liked the way Eddie Sutton’s Cowboys made a run to the 2004 Final Four and became a bit of a fan.


  • OSU football: Postgame analysis from the Cowboys' 24-13 win over Central Michigan

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    OSU 24, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 13 -- The Oklahoma State Cowboys were able to hang on to beat Central Michigan in each team's season opener. Berry Tramel and Kyle Fredrickson provide their postgame analysis in Mount Pleasant, Mich.

  • Oklahoma State football: A look at the Cowboys' victory by the numbers

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Here is a look at Oklahoma State's 24-13 win over Central Michigan by the numbers: 2: Quarterback touchdown runs by OSU, one each for J.W. Walsh and Mason Rudolph. The Cowboys had three all of last season. 3: Third-and-1 plays for OSU. The Cowboys ran Walsh on two of the three. 5: Third-down conversions for OSU in the second half, in eight attempts. OSU was 1-of-6 on third-down conversions at halftime. 10: Players who caught a pass for the Cowboys. 22: Straight wins for the Cowboys when they don't commit a turnover. 38: Total yards for Central Michigan in the fourth quarter. OSU had 135. 70: Plays for Central Michigan, compared to 67 for OSU. The Chippewas had the ball for 33:32, compared to

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys survive mid-major scare vs. Central Michigan

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: 2 hr ago

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — In Brandon Weeden's first season quarterbacking the Cowboys, OSU averaged 52.3 points its first four games. Then went to Lafayette, La., to play a Ragin' Cajuns team that would win just three games all season. And the Cajuns led OSU 21-17 at halftime. So these things happen. Doesn't mean they should. OSU opened the 2015 season with a pure survival verdict. The Cowboys beat Central Michigan 24-13 Thursday night, avoiding the fate of so many Mid-American Conference upset victims over the years, but not avoiding the fate of critics wanting to know why so many of us were excited about this Mike Gundy team. The Cowboys sleep-walked through the first 34 minutes and trailed the Chippewas 17-13.

  • OSU football notebook: J.W. Walsh returns in style, scores TD

    BY JOHN HELSLEY AND BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writers | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Oklama State senior backup quarterback J.W. Walsh has maintained that he's fine with whatever role the Cowboys coaches find for him. Last year, he opened the year as the starter, but injury and then the rise of Mason Rudolph pushed him to No. 2 status. Thursday night, in the Cowboys' 24-13 season-opening win at Central Michigan, Walsh had a role; a small yet significant role. Walsh scored the game's first touchdown, entering on a third-and-1 play from the Chippewas' 1, and kept the ball on an option run for the score. “We practiced it. It's not a secret,” said Cowboys receiver David Glidden. “And it's good. “I'm glad to see J-Dub have the success.

  • OSU football: Three questions with Cowboys receiver David Glidden

    BY JOHN HELSLEY   | Updated: 3 hr ago

    How do you contrast the first half and second half, and what went right after halftime? “Central Michigan came out to play. I wouldn't say we took them lightly, but they had a great game plan coming in. They made plays in the first half. We were struggling to get the ball moving. Sometimes that's the way it goes. First game of the year… “We'll watch a lot of film. Make corrections. Give them a lot of credit. “It was a matter of second half adjustments to come out and get some stuff rolling.”   While the offense sputtered at times, it must have been pleasing that the defense came through in holding Central Michigan to just 13 points? “Absolutely. We've had that idea coming into this

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys forced to rally to beat Central Michigan 24-13

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer, kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Mason Rudolph threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Oklahoma State came from behind to beat Central Michigan 24-13 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. The Cowboys were just the fifth Power Five conference school in the last 20 years to visit Kelly/Shorts Stadium, and had to work hard to avoid becoming the first one to lose. They trailed 13-10 in the third quarter and never showed the physical dominance that a Big 12 team would expect against a Mid-American Conference opponent. Central Michigan coach John Bonamego was making his debut just 13 days after his final radiation treatment for tonsil cancer.

  • OSU football: The Twitter reaction to Oklahoma State's win over Central Michigan

    Erik Horne | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Oklahoma State didn't overpower Central Michigan, but the Cowboys were able to come away with a 24-13 win in their season opener. Here's how the Twitter universe reacted to the Cowboys and Chippewas throughout: FRESHHHHHH Black helmets #okstate pic.twitter.com/0CwFMdwCxi — Sarah Phipps (@sarahcphipps) September 3, 2015 FILLING THE GAPS Vincent Taylor has lived up to the billing thus far, real disruptive. If he emerges as a playmaker at DT, that’s good news for #okstate — Brandon Chatmon (@BChatmon) September 3, 2015 #OKstate DT Darrion Daniels with the

  • Remote patrol: OSU quarterbacks earn high praise from new ESPNU announce team

    BY MEL BRACHT | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Oklahoma State's quarterback duo of Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh drew high praise from ESPNU's new broadcast team of Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer and sideline reporter Olivia Harlan during the OSU-Central Michigan telecast Thursday night. "He's a quick-trigger kid, only 20 years of age, but man does he look the part of the quarterback,"  Amin, a high energy play-by-play announcer, said of Rudolph. After Rudolph scored on a 21-yard run, Amin noted that Rudolph's mother, Jamie, ran track at Liberty University. "Maybe he doesn't have his mom's speed, but he has the power." Stouffer, a former Colorado State quarterback and back-up with three NFL teams, noted Rudolph's poise in completing 22 of 32 attempts for 266 yards and

  • OSU football: New Yorker is all about orange and Oklahoma State

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A 19-year-old student at Erie Community College in Orchard Park, N.Y., Lozanovski has no tangible connection to OSU. As a kid growing up, he liked the way Eddie Sutton’s Cowboys made a run to the 2004 Final Four and became a bit of a fan.

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. Central Michigan

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    It's the season opener for Oklahoma State against Central Michigan. Follow live coverage with The Oklahoman's Kyle Fredrickson and John Helsley and more from around the Web.

  • Three first-half observations from OSU vs. Central Michigan

    Erik Horne | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Oklahoma State leads Central Michigan 10-6 at halftime (you can follow the game here). Here are three thoughts on the first half: 1. Involvement on offense: Blake Jarwin, David Glidden, Jeff Carr, Marcell Ateman, Jhajuan Seales, Chris Carson, and James Washington. Those were the Oklahoma State players that caught passes from Mason Rudolph in the first half. The Cowboys “new hope” at quarterback looked sharp and accurate to start, hitting eight of his first nine passes and 9-of-14 overall. Ateman was particularly alive, with his biggest receiving output (57 yards) since WEEK FOUR of 2014 vs. Texas Tech.

  • Tramel: Central Michigan should provide different road path for Cowboys

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: 11 hr ago

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — OSU's football season opens 84 miles northeast of Grand Rapids, 70 miles north of Lansing and 157 miles northwest of Detroit. It's right in the middle of Michigan, hence the name of the Cowboys' foe, Central Michigan, a Mid-American Conference school that will be primed to host a Big 12 power Thursday night for an ESPNU telecast. Right in the middle of Michigan and right in the middle of Nowhere, as far as OSU is concerned. “Long way up there,” Mike Gundy said. “We're in a very remote location. There's not much around there.” The Cowboys never have been to Mount Pleasant, but they've been to Nowhere.

  • Second-chance opportunities highlight Chris Carson’s road to become Oklahoma State’s starting running back

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Is the hype for real? Who knows? But when the college football world gets its first glimpse into the answer Thursday, his dad will be in the stands to find out.

  • ICYMI: The Oklahoman's OSU coverage team's OSU-Central Michigan picks

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Here's predictions on the Oklahoma State football season-opener at Central Michigan Thursday from The Oklahoman's OSU coverage team:   John Helsley, OSU beat writer OSU 42, Central Michigan 14 GETTIN' CHIPPY: Cowboys KO Chippewas behind Rudolph, attacking defense to carry on momentum.   Kyle Fredrickson, OSU beat writer OSU 35, Central Michigan 17 CENTRAL SMACKDOWN: Cowboys cruise to week-one victory with well-rounded effort.

  • Can the SEC 'Empire' strike back in 2015?

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Just as the S-E-C chants were rising out of control, even in enemy stadiums, agitating the fine fans from all the other leagues and leaving them grumbling about that conference's death grip on the national championship trophy, there came a quieting. The 2015 postseason saw conference kingpin Alabama humbled — for the second straight year — in a premium bowl game, run over by Ohio State in one semifinal of the inaugural College Football Playoff. Mississippi State and Ole Miss, the SEC's other high-ranking squads, looked outclassed in their big bowl games, too. That makes it two — count 'em, two — years in a row without the SEC hoisting a No. 1-finger salute after the final

  • OSU Football: Why Mason Rudolph is the Cowboys next big thing

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Updated: 13 hr ago

    STILLWATER — Mason Rudolph enters the football season as the unquestioned leader of Oklahoma State's offense after just three games last year. Small sample size. Big expectations. Just ask those who might know best. Wide receiver James Washington: “He's the real deal.” Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah: “He looks like a veteran.” Former NFL and Cowboy quarterback Zac Robinson: “He's exactly who you want leading your program.” Has there ever been more optimism surrounding an OSU quarterback who has yet to play in a home game? The Rudolph hype is warranted considering Bedlam and Cactus Bowl victories, a 284-yard passing average, six touchdown passes and 57 percent accuracy.

  • The Oklahoman's 2015 OSU football predictions

    Berry Tramel,Jenni Carlson,john helsley,Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 14 hr ago

    As Oklahoma State prepares to take on Central Michigan in the season opener, The Oklahoman’s college football coverage team shared its picks for the Cowboys' season. Who will be the Cowboys' MVP? * Kyle Fredrickson, OSU beat writer: QB Mason Rudolph – It’s no coincidence the Cowboys’ incredible turnaround last season took place just as Rudolph took over as the starting quarterback. * John Helsley, OSU beat writer: Rudolph – His impact on last year’s team was immediate and remarkable.

  • OSU Chat Recap: John Helsley talks Central Michigan, Chris Carson's yardage and an old-school comparison for Jeff Carr

    staff reports | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Jeff Carr like Tyreek Hill? John Helsley thinks he'll resemble another throwback Cowboy. Helsley answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat leading up to OSU's opener against Central Michigan. Here's the recap.

  • OSU Football: Where Mike Gundy gets his offensive ideas

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    STILLWATER — Mike Gundy keeps a large notepad and pencil near his favorite chair at home. It's the Oklahoma State coach's drawing board when watching football on TV, just in case he happens catch a play he likes. “My kids make fun of me,” Gundy said. “I'll steal plays in a heartbeat if I think they're good.” He added it's been a longtime habit to diagram sets he envisions working for the Cowboys, and not just college games, either. The NFL. Arena League. Even Canadian football is fair game. “We study a lot of tape from other football teams,” Gundy said. “A lot of high school.” It's an easy task considering the high volume of Texas prospects that are featured in up-tempo spread offenses.

  • OSU Football: How Cowboy Backs mark another evolution of the Air Raid

    BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    STILLWATER — About seven years back, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich says he received some of the best football coaching advice of his life. It happened during a visit with Larry Kehres, his old coach at the University of Mount Union in northeast Ohio. Back then, Yurcich was the offensive coordinator at Edinboro University in northwest Pennsylvania. Kehres asked Yurcich to explain what makes an offense successful, so he dove right into the mechanics of the up-tempo, zone-read sets that made his system one of the top producers in all of Division II football. But Kehres cut Yurcich off mid-sentence and offered a more concise explanation — “Be tough, be smart and be skilled. Focus on players first,




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