Picking up the pass rushOklahoma State’s pass rush has improved greatly this season, and it shows in the numbers. In 2008, OSU was averaging one sack per game thru six weeks. This season, the Cowboys are averaging two sacks per game including three sacks apiece by linebacker Donald Booker and defensive end Richetti Jones. "Our pass rush is coming along pretty good,” senior defensive end Jermiah Price said. "But we still aren’t playing to the best of our ability.” That improvement will have to come quickly if OSU expects to reach its preseason goal of 40 sacks. OSU would have to average 4.6 sacks per game to reach that goal during the regular season. Currently, they are on pace to have 24 sacks.
In Focus: BaylorThe Baylor Bears know they have a tough task with the No. 15-ranked Cowboys visiting Waco on Saturday. Coming off a 24-10 loss to Iowa State, the team’s mentality could have reached its lowest point this season but the Bears are focusing on moving forward. "I don’t think we have much time to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves,” senior linebacker Joe Pawelek said. "This isn’t, by any means, our season down the drain but we do see it as a missed opportunity.” Said coach Art Briles: "You have to move on and find something else. We just have to look (at the) present and we’re just trying to win each play.”
Anyiam’s emergenceAfter Dez Bryant was ruled ineligible on Oct. 7, Hubert Anyiam has stepped in at the "X” position and become a key playmaker for the Pokes. Coach Mike Gundy said the sophomore from Garland, Texas, has the ability to produce even more big plays in the future. "He’s come a long ways in the last month,” Gundy said. "He’s got really good quickness and ability to make you miss. He’s been close to breaking a few big ones and he’ll eventually do that, because he has that burst.”
Cox, Toston named MVPs by ESPN’s GriffinSenior running back Keith Toston and senior cornerback Perrish Cox were named the offensive and defensive MVPs of the Cowboys this season by ESPN.com Big 12 blogger Tim Griffin. Griffin wrote that Toston "has stepped up to become the Cowboys’ most consistent offensive threat” with Kendall Hunter out due to injury and Dez Bryant ineligible. Cox earned the defensive MVP honor in large part to his contributions in the Pokes’ return game and his consistency at cornerback. Griffin also noted the strong contributions of quarterback Zac Robinson and new defensive coordinator Bill Young as keys to OSU’s 5-1 record. By Brandon Chatmon