STILLWATER — Last season, the Oklahoma State Cowboys were the definition of a balanced offense.
Their total rushing yardage of 3,161 exactly matched their passing yardage total. And this season, it's more of the same, with only 40 yards separating their rush and pass totals after two games.
Oddly, yardage numbers don't come into play when the Cowboy coaches offer their definition of a balanced offense.
"Balanced offense is doing what it takes in that particular moment to win,” OSU co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer said. "You would like to be able to run the ball and pass the ball any time you want to, not because you have to. That keeps the defense guessing at all times.”
Balance is more a product of having success throwing deep on first down off play action, or converting third-and-eight with a draw play. Then doing the opposite in opposite situations.
When it comes to running and passing, OSU does both well, and neither incredibly better than the other.
"A balanced offense is an offense that scores one point more than the other team, no matter what it has to do to do it — whether we run it 800 times and throw it once, or throw it 800 times and run it once,” said co-offensive coordinator Trooper Taylor. "The bottom line is doing what we have to do to win.”
But yardage-wise, the Cowboys continue to display an innate ability to regularly post similar statistics in both categories.
It's no different than last year for the Pokes, who were the only team in the country to have more than 3,000 yards both rushing and passing.
So far this season, OSU has rushed for 553 yards and passed for 513, one of only two teams to surpass 500 yards in both categories so far.