Preparing for Saturday's game at Baylor, Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken did a review of last year's meeting with the Bears and was reminded of what a difference a year makes.
Comparing his first-team offenses, he found three common starters: guard Lane Taylor, running back Joseph Randle and wide receiver Isaiah Anderson.
“On the first play of the game, it was Isaiah, (Josh) Cooper, Tracy Moore, (Justin) Blackmon, (Michael) Bowie, (Nick) Martinez, Taylor, (Grant) Garner, (Levi) Adcock, (Brandon) Weeden and Joe Randle. “When our twos went in the third quarter, it was Parker Graham, Brandon Webb, the right guard was (Evan) Epstein and the right tackle was (Daniel) Koenig. And then a bunch of our other guys.”
Still, the 2012 Cowboys are averaging more yards per game this season than a year ago, 547.9 to 545.8, which are the top two yardage numbers in program history.
For Monken, it's a reminder of the talent the Cowboys have stacked up in recruiting in recent years under Mike Gundy.
“Mike does a great job of saying, ‘Our guys will play better than you think,'” Monken said. “And that is true. Everybody here has a certain skill set that you can utilize.”
COWBOYS SNAG COMMITMENT
OSU has gained a commitment to the 2013 class, with Texas prep safety Tre Flowers becoming the Cowboys' 18th pledge, according to GoPokes.com.
Flowers, a 6-foot-3 standout at Converse Judson, had been committed to Arizona State, but flipped to the Cowboys after de-committing from the Sun Devils earlier in the week.
“I'm really through with recruiting,” Flowers told GoPokes. “I've committed to Oklahoma State. I had a talk with my family and we all decided that this was the best thing for me.”
In other recruiting news, GoPokes also reported that OSU remains in the mix for Arkansas high school running back Altee Tenpenny, a current Alabama commit.
A four-star recruit and the nation's No. 13 running back by Scout, Tenpenny plans to make an official visit to OSU. There is speculation he could change his commitment, with the Crimson Tide also holding commitments from two other touted backs.
ELKINS IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT
Cowboys linebacker Alex Elkins seems comfortable in his own skin.
During Monday's session with the media, Elkins arrived in his pajama pants, which were covered in a candy cane design.
“The season to be jolly,” Elkins said, flashing a wide grin.
He said he even wears them to class.
“It's not really about the way I look, I'm not really worried about that,” Elkins said. “It's about how I feel. And I feel pretty good wearing these bad boys.”