Last season, Oklahoma State was the only team in the country to reach 3,000 yards rushing and passing, finishing with 3,161 yards in both categories. In fact, of the other eight teams to rush for 3,000 yards, seven of them ranked outside the top 100 nationally in pass yardage, while OSU was 45th.
But what will it take for the Cowboys to reach those plateaus this season?
What it will take to pass for 3,000 yards
As long as Dez Bryant and Brandon Pettigrew continue to draw single coverage a few times a week, the passing game will flourish. Quarterback Zac Robinson has been a more consistent thrower this season.
Obviously, the need for another receiving option will continue to present itself, but Robinson has been good about dumping passes to his running backs when no one else is open.
What it will take to rush for 3,000 yards
At their current pace, it will likely be tougher for the Cowboys to reach 3,000 yards on the ground. Last season, Robinson rushed for 847 yards, averaging 74.5 yards per game after he was named the starter. He has totaled 38 yards in two games this season.
Kendall Hunter has been virtually unstoppable, stretching OSU's streak of 100-yard rushers to 13 games. Keith Toston and Beau Johnson will continue to contribute as well, but Robinson's ability to open up the run game might be the key to the Cowboys reaching 3,000.
By Scott Wright