Monken will actually be the third former Cowboys offensive coordinator coach the Golden Eagles, joining Fedora and Jeff Bower, who spent 17 years as the program's head coach and was named the “Coach of the Decade” by Conference USA in 2004. Bower served as Pat Jones' offensive coordinator with the Cowboys in 1989.
At OSU, Monken kept the Cowboys near the top of the NCAA rankings in offense, despite drastically different situations in his two seasons.
Taking over for Dana Holgorsen in 2011 and inheriting a ready-made offense that featured Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon – a pair of NFL first-round draft choices – Monken's offense set single-season school records for points scored, touchdowns scored, first downs, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, completion percentage, touchdown passes, yards per play and third-down conversions. The Cowboys scored more than 50 points in six games, eclipsing 60 points three times.
Nationally, that team ranked second in scoring offense and passing offense, and third in total offense.
This season, Monken kept the offense rolling, despite injuries that required three quarterbacks to start games and robbed the team of its planned go-to receiver, Tracy Moore. Still, OSU enters the bowl game ranked No. 4 in scoring offense, No. 5 in passing offense, No. 5 in total offense, No. 22 in rushing offense and tied for No. 1 in yards per play.
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Staff Writer Gina Mizell contributed to this report