A top-10, prime-time showdown has drawn the first sellout in Boone Pickens Stadium history.
Oklahoma State announced Tuesday that the No. 10 Cowboys' showdown against fourth-ranked Baylor on Saturday night is officially sold out.
The single-game attendance record has already been broken twice this season in games against Lamar (59,061) and TCU (59,538).
And the crowd hasn't been bolstered by an influx of Baylor fans. An OSU source told The Oklahoman that Baylor did not request its full allotment of 3,800 tickets and then only sold about 700.
DON'T SLEEP ON BAYLOR DEFENSE
Baylor's explosive offense — which averages more than 61 points and nearly 685 yards per game — garners the bulk of the outside attention.
But OSU coach Mike Gundy called the Baylor defense the Cowboys' “biggest concern” heading into Saturday's game.
“I see more athleticism on their defense,” Gundy said. “Their schemes are very similar to what they've done there in the past. (Coordinator) Phil Bennett has been there for quite a while.
“I think they've improved and recruited players that get to the ball fast, but that's just an outside guy looking in.”
Baylor leads the Big 12 in total defense (336 yards per game) and ranks second in the league in scoring defense (22.3 points per game).
The unit is headlined by linebackers Bryce Hager (71 tackles, nine quarterback hurries) and Eddie Lackey (66 tackles, three sacks, five quarterback hurries), safety Ahmad Dixon (58 tackles, five pass breakups, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery), cornerback Demetri Goodson (Big 12-best 11 passes defended), and end Jamal Palmer (four sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, six quarterback hurries).
BAYLOR LOSES STARTING LT TO BACK INJURY
Baylor's offense keeps rolling. But the injury bug keeps biting.
The school confirmed to media outlets Tuesday that Bears starting left tackle Spencer Drango was set to undergo surgery for a ruptured disk in his back and that there is no timetable for his return. Spencer is widely considered Baylor's second-best offensive lineman.
Baylor was already missing three of its top playmakers — running backs Lache Seastrunk (groin) and Glasco Martin (knee) and receiver Tevin Reese (wrist) — last week against Texas Tech but still put up 63 points. Reese is out for the rest of the regular season, while Seastrunk and/or Martin could return against OSU.
COLLEGE GAMEDAY TO SET UP ON LIBRARY LAWN
The Edmon Low Library will serve as the backdrop for the set of ESPN's “College GameDay” when the popular pregame show visits Stillwater later this week.
The Library Lawn has been the setting for the show the past two times “GameDay” has stopped at OSU. The program has also set up in an area adjacent to Boone Pickens Stadium.
Fans can arrive at the set beginning at 6 a.m.