AMES, Iowa — Remember the furor of spring 2007, when OSU's marketing department momentarily sent out that “world's great offense” promotion?
Turns out, OSU was spot on. Just four years early.
The second-ranked Cowboys, on the verge of history, play at Iowa State on Friday night. And the world's greatest offense has OSU one away from a national semifinal.
Beat the Cyclones, and the school of Henry Iba and Eddie Sutton reaches the football version of the Final Four: a Dec. 3 Bedlam showdown, with a Big Bowl berth on the line.
OSU's defense has its moments, and the Cowboy kicking game is often sublime. But make no mistake, State is in view of the summit because of Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and their band of end-zone assaulters.
World's greatest offense? How about school's greatest offense?
This OSU offense is so good, it has surpassed the 1988 Cowboys, both in wonder numbers and the endorsement of the most relevant man to both units.
Mike Gundy picks 2011, which he head coaches, over 1988, which he quarterbacked.
“The difference is, if I had to give an edge, this group now, because we can score fast,” Gundy said. “What I've been most impressed with, when they can get out there and get going, they can score fast.”
Gundy conceded that a pitch to Barry Sanders could produce an instant touchdown, but those Cowboys also often ground it out, and Gundy's passing largely was one-dimensional. Throw it to Hart Lee Dykes, who accounted for 47 percent of OSU's receptions that season (84 of 179).