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Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys play Florida State closer in second half than any opponent Seminoles faced in 2013 regular season

by Kyle Fredrickson Published: August 31, 2014

In the age of advanced statistics in sports, nearly every aspect of a football game can be measured by immense data gathered throughout a season.

In terms of Oklahoma State on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium, those types of stats illuminated just how well the Cowboys stuck with Florida State, despite losing 37-31.

According to ESPN, the returning national champions led in the second half of every regular season game last year by at least more than three points. Against the Cowboys in the opener, the Seminoles were only up by three points on 18 of the 38 plays ran in the third and fourth quarter.

More telling stats?

FSU only allowed more than 20 points twice in 2013. The Cowboys eclipsed that mark early in the fourth quarter.

The Seminoles also went 71-for-73 on scoring chances in the red zone in 2013.


OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh threw an interception on his first pass attempt Saturday night. It was returned nine yards for a touchdown by FSU defensive back Nate Andrews.

What was going through Walsh’s head after it happened?

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and 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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