Oklahoma State football: Todd Monken doesn't care about offensive stats

Monken said: “You can't carry over points, you can't carry over yards. Stats are, really, for losers.”
by Gina Mizell Published: October 3, 2012

The Cowboy offense, on paper, appears to be doing just fine without former superstars Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon — and without starting quarterback Wes Lunt for nearly two games. OSU leads the nation in scoring offense (55.75 points per game) and total offense (659 yards per game) and ranks in the top 7 in passing offense (sixth, 359 yards per game) and rushing offense (seventh, 300 yards per game).

Those gaudy numbers don't really matter to offensive coordinator Todd Monken.

“You can't carry over points, you can't carry over yards,” Monken said. “Stats are, really, for losers. You don't want to be 600 (yards) one week and 200 the next, because you're going to lose that game …

“Most of the time, statistics and numbers are all there just to make yourself feel better. We're a 2-2 team, unfortunately. I think we're a really good football team, and unfortunately we're 2-2. But sometimes all those stats just allow you to say, ‘Hey, it's not me. I'm not the reason. We're not the reason. If everything was as good as we are …' That's a bunch of crap. That's (a) loser's mentality of looking at things.”


Oklahoma State running back Desmond Roland had his role elevated by default in June, when Herschel Sims was dismissed from the team.

Roland moved up the depth chart by necessity again Saturday against Texas, after No. 2 back Jeremy Smith left the game with an injury. Joseph Randle became the workhorse as a result, rushing for a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns, but Roland got three carries for 20 yards, including two carries on the Cowboys' final drive.

“He's our third back right now,” Gundy said. “But he played well the other night. He's learning to play faster, at a quicker pace, which that's what it takes as you play these teams in our league that (have) better football players.”

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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