One of the critical elements of Oklahoma State's no-huddle spread offense is a fast tempo. It keeps the defense off-balance. It helps prove which team is in better physical shape in the second half. It keeps the offensive players in a flow.
And the quarterback is the one who dictates how quickly everything moves in between snaps.
Naturally, there was going to be a drop off with the transition from veteran Brandon Weeden to true freshman Wes Lunt. But coach Mike Gundy is still happy with the tempo during practice.
“It's been about two seconds off,” Gundy said. “On a 40-second clock, we want to (snap the ball) around 23 or 24, and he's been getting it off around 19 or 20ish, right in there, in practice. It usually goes faster in a game, unless they're changing a play.
“It's been really close, and as he learns to get everybody lined up like he's supposed to, it should get faster. One thing that's helped is having veteran running backs. One thing that's worked against him is having freshman receivers out there.”
BY THE NUMBERS: SAVANNAH STATE'S WOEFUL OFFENSE
Savannah State is bad, as evidenced by its 1-11 record and last-place finish in the MEAC last season. But just how bad was this unknown program in 2011? The offensive numbers are staggering:
12.55: Savannah State's points per game last season, worst in the NCAA. By contrast, OSU averaged more than 12 points per quarter and scored 13 or more in the first quarter seven times.
138: Total points scored by the Tigers in 11 games last year. The Cowboys passed that number at Tulsa, in their third game of the season, with a Jeremy Smith third-quarter touchdown run.
238.45: Savannah State's total yards per game last season, worst in the NCAA. OSU (545.85) averaged more than double that. By himself, Weeden (363 passing yards per game) averaged more than 100 more net yards than the entire Tigers roster.
353: Receiving yards by Brian Lackey in 2011, the Tigers' leader in that category. OSU had four wideouts eclipse that number. Justin Blackmon had 450 receiving yards after four games.
14: Offensive touchdowns for Savannah State in 2011. Tiger quarterbacks threw a combined eight touchdowns. Weeden threw 37. Tiger running backs for a combined six touchdowns. Joseph Randle had 24. No Tiger wideout had more than three touchdowns. Blackmon had 18.
OSU-KANSAS STATE GAME SOLD OUT
Kansas State announced Monday that its game against OSU in Manhattan on Nov. 3 is sold out. It's the first time three K-State home games have sold out before the start of the season.
Last season, the Wildcats and Cowboys played a thriller at Boone Pickens Stadium, a 52-45 OSU victory.
K-State was one of the surprise teams in college football last season, posting a 10-3 record and earning a berth in the Cotton Bowl.