Oklahoma State football: A look at Jimbo Fisher's coaching resume against the Big 12

Over the past dozen years, Fisher has coached against a number of Big 12 giants and basement dwellers as either offensive coordinator or coach with a mixed bag of results.
by Kyle Fredrickson Published: August 28, 2014

STILLWATER – Four things we know for sure about Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy.

1. They rarely cross paths in recruiting and have never coached against one another.

2. Fisher is on record saying it is “ridiculous” the Big 12 doesn’t play a conference title game. Gundy has said playing every team in the conference is challenge enough.

3. The majority of their players were picked from different regions (69 players from Texas at OSU, 68 players from Florida at FSU).

4. Both coaches have gushed about their respect for each other’s teams recently.

From Gundy: “I think this is the best team that I’ve competed against as a coach and I can’t even remember as far back as when I was playing, but they’re really good.”

From Fisher: “We’re playing a great Oklahoma State football team. Mike Gundy is a great football coach … they’ve won 41 games in the last four years, it definitely gets your attention.”

So as the much-anticipated Saturday season opener at AT&T Stadium approaches, it might seem like the Cowboys and Seminoles will arrive from different college football planets, despite mutual respect. Two programs separated by geography and some football philosophy.

But Fisher is not a complete stranger to the Big 12. Over the past dozen years, he’s coached against a number of conference giants and basement dwellers as either offensive coordinator or coach with a mixed bag of results.

Here’s a look back at those matchups, starting with Fisher’s first Big-12 encounter.

DEC. 31, 2002 / TEXAS: 35 LSU: 20 (COTTON BOWL) / FISHER’S BIG 12 COACHING RECORD: 0-1

What happened: The Tigers led 17-7 in the second quarter, but Texas responded with 28-straight points to seal the win. UT wide receiver Roy Williams was the big-play spark plug, reaching 142 yards receiving on just four catches.

Fisher’s perspective: This was the final game of Fisher’s third season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for LSU coach Nick Saban. Fisher’s offense fired out of the gate, scoring 10 first-quarter points against a UT defense that allowed opponents a combined 16 in the quarter all season. But Fisher, nor his players, could keep that momentum rolling in the second half.

Quotable: “We left a lot out there.” — Saban

JAN. 4, 2004 / LSU: 21 OU: 14 (NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP) / FISHER’S BIG 12 COACHING RECORD: 1-1

What happened: The Tigers captured their first national championship in more than 40 years by dismantling a Sooner offense that featured Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Jason White. OU averaged just 2.2 yards per play.

Fisher’s perspective: Offense wasn’t the trademark of this title team, but Fisher should get plenty of credit for the championship. His offense was led by a freshman running back, Justin Vincent, who earned MVP honors with 117 yards rushing and a touchdown. About three years after this game, Fisher would leave LSU for the same position at Florida State.

Quotable: “I said to (White), ‘Excuse me, Mr. Heisman. I'm going to be coming at you all night … I think our conference is the hardest and Jason White wasn't anything we hadn't seen before.’” — LSU defensive end Marquise Hill.

SEPT. 16, 2007 / FSU: 16 COLORADO: 6 / FISHER’S BIG 12 COACHING RECORD: 2-1

What happened: The Seminoles traveled to Boulder and narrowly squeezed out a victory against a CU team that won just six games that season. The FSU defense impressed by holding the Buffaloes scoreless until late in the fourth quarter when tight end Tyson Devree hauled in a touchdown catch.

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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