Behind Enemy Lines: Get To Know Kansas

first_imgOverviewProgress is the goal for 2nd year coach David Beaty and the Jayhawks as they continue to undertake what the Kansas City Star called “college football’s greatest challenge”. The last two trips to Lawrence have required a 99 yard return by the Cheetah and JW Walsh holding off a late KU surge for a couple of close wins.  Through the first half of the year, 2016 hasn’t been great to KU losing a heartbreaker to TCU and getting blown out by Baylor and the Memphis Tigers. While KU has some talented players, points per drive is often an good indicator of team performance, and KU is 115th in the country with -1.47 net points per drive (meaning they are outscored on a regular basis).  OffenseThe Jayhawks bring a familiar spread offense this week, most often splitting four wide receivers out and at times bringing in a tight end. Not a particularly potent group, the passing attack has been stronger as they’re nearly in the top third of the country (45th) averaging 255 yards per game (8th in the Big 12). The rushing attack hasn’t been quite as prolific where they average under 85 yards per game in conference play. Ultimately, the power in the offense lies in a couple of playmakers on the perimeter who are counted on to do the heavy lifting.  For the third straight week, OSU faces the possibility of another two-quarter back attack as sophomore Ryan Willis took over the starting position in game 5 for the veteran dual-threat Montell Cozart who couldn’t get things going. Willis is more of a pocket passer while Cozart doesn’t have a problem making plays with his feet. Willis has the arm to make a lot of good throws but a couple of things have plagued him: Coach Beaty talked recently about how he’s still learning the offense and having trouble interpreting defenses as a result, and thrown six interceptions (and lost a fumble) in his past two games. To highlight this, the Jayhawks are 127th (out of 128) in the FBS for turnover margin with 12 interceptions and 10 fumbles lost on the year giving the other team nearly two extra possessions a game (-1.83 margin). Cozart hasn’t played a snap since he was benched against Texas Tech but could make an appearance as KU searches for a spark. Whoever is throwing the ball has a couple of quality receivers that Lawrence hasn’t seen in a while in junior transfer LaQuvionte Gonzalez and sophomore Steven Sims, Jr. who has three 100 yard games this year. Gonzalez returns kicks, punts and plays out wide where they put him in motion, hit him on quick hitches and run him downfield. Sims, Jr. has five scores on the year and is averaging 16.18 yards a catch, on pace for a solid season. The Jayhawks throw it around some with five receivers with double digit catches and tight end Ben Johnson has been a part of the gameplan at times.  At running back, Ke’Aun Kinner returns for his senior season after leading the team last year but the backfield is a committee with sophomore Taylor Martin and the freshman Khalil Herbert. Martin is perceived as the fastest, most explosive back and Herbert had an awful slippery run against Baylor last week.  The rushing attack hasn’t been that strong as Kenner leads the team with 264 yards rushing. The offensive line has contributed it’s fair share to the offensive struggles (as we understand far too well). The returning starter at left tackle prematurely retired as a result of concussions and the next man up was a true freshman in Hakeem Adeniji. Senior D’Andre Banks at right tackle is the elder statesmen in the group, but there’s not a lot of experience across the board for a unit often perceived as a weakness. DefenseThe defense is definitely the stronger side of the ball for the Jayhawks, evidenced by how they held the prolific Seth Russell to 144 yards on 9/22 passing for the game (worth noting that he was pulled before halftime). While the Bears were able to run the ball well, gashing the unit for 250 yards, the defense is constantly put in tough positions with the offense’s tendency to turn the ball over frequently and seems to be more solid than the numbers would show. The Jayhawks did a solid job at home slowing down a prolific TCU offense that averaged 43.4 points per game to only 24. Even more impressive was the nine tackles for loss the Jayhawks tallied; this defense can be aggressive. KU is 14th in FBS with 51 tackles for loss. Ends Dorace Armstrong, Jr. and Cameron Rosser are one of the most productive pairs in college football and experts at dragging down ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage, combining for 13 tackles for loss. Armstrong averages a sack each game and is really the standout on this defense. These stats are made possible by tackle Daniel Wise, who made the ESPN Mid-Season All Big 12 team where he was noted as one of the more disruptive players in the conference.Senior linebacker Marcquis Roberts, a transfer from South Carolina, was productive last year with 71 tackles and a pick-six, giving some leadership to the defense. Courtney Arnick has filled in well for injured captain Joe Dineen, Jr., pulling down four tackles for loss and seems to be nearly always around the ball.  Another leader is team captain Fish Smithson, the perennial leading tackler for the team. The senior safety has a couple of interceptions and leads the team with 32 tackles. True freshman corner Mike Lee is an impact player who was a late qualifier and the four star recruit left behind offers from Georgia, Texas, A&M, Mizzou and Texas Tech to come help the KU secondary right away. The key to this game could be turnovers. If KU continues at an FBS leading rate and OSU continues to force turnovers at a rate near the top of the conference, the odds are slim the Jayhawks pull the upset. A few sophomores on the roster (Sims, Jr., Armstrong, Wise, Rosser, Martin) look to be impact players and building blocks for Jayhawk teams of the future. Overall, former Texas high school football coach Beaty and the Jayhawks are trying to rebuild a losing culture with an influx of talent from Texas high schools (more than half of 2016 class was from TX) and solid team speed. Nobody expects the Jayhawks to be ranked but getting out of ESPN’s weekly “Bottom 10” would be progress. Beaty should have at least another year or two to do that unless he very unfortunately hits the most popular person in Kansas with his car. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Oklahoma State Has Covered Three of Last Five Bedlam Point Spreads

first_img2016?-11Oklahoma Year Final ScoreLineFavored Team 200749-17 OU-11.5Oklahoma 201438-35 (OT) OSU-19.5Oklahoma 200927-0 OU-7.5Oklahoma 200861-41 OU-10.5Oklahoma Oklahoma opened as a 13.5 point lead over the Oklahoma State Cowboys for 2016 Bedlam, a line that many Pokes fans felt was high. The line is down to -11 as of Monday, and may continue to fall as we get closer to the big game on Saturday.We know that in its last nine Bedlam games, OSU is 2-7. I picked 2007 because that is the year Mike Gundy really started to get all his own players on the field (and we could only find spreads going back to that year).You probably knew that OSU record already, because Boone Pickens made us all painfully aware of it. But what have the lines been compared to the final scores? Has OSU normally covered? Let’s take a look. 201144-10 OSU-3.5Oklahoma Statecenter_img 201558-23 OU-7.5Oklahoma 201251-48 OU-6Oklahoma 201047-41 OU-3Oklahoma State 201333-24 OU-9.5Oklahoma State Oklahoma has actually covered the spread six times out of the last nine Bedlam meetings, but only twice out of five times since 2011. Sure, they’ve won several close games, in 2010, 2012, and 2013 (Gilbert caught it), but recent history shows us there’s a decent chance the Cowboys will beat the line this week.Which they’ll need to substantially if they want to win the their second Big 12 title after playing for it for the fourth time in six years.Tough to see OU as a 2-TD favorite when #okstate has the better receivers, defense, special teams and much better QB.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) November 27, 2016 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

The Reload: Junior Day Offers and Notable Visitors

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap, catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news with an ear to the ground for what to expect in the future.Junior Day OffersAmong the many sporting events taking place in Stillwater on Saturday was an important recruiting event that takes place under Mike Gundy’s watch. Generally close to 100 recruits make their way from all over the state and surrounding area to visit the facility, meet with coaches, and of course go to the basketball game. It’s an official visit of sorts, minus the fact that OSU pays for it.Coaches generally take this time to hand out scholarship offers to some of their targets on the board, and Saturday was no exception. Here’s who Oklahoma State offered, along with a list of visiting prospects.Jordan Kelley — Nose TackleYou’ll never believe it, but Union produced another Division I talent in Kelley. Shocker, right? The offer to the junior defensive tackle/defensive end is his second. Tulsa offered earlier in 2016. Now Oklahoma State.Listed at 6-foot-3 240, Kelley is one of the most disruptive defensive lineman I’ve seen in person. He’s a bully in the middle and with his combination of size and agility, he reminds me a little of Vincent Taylor. Just an athletic freak for a player of his size.Julon Williams — AthleteMike Gundy loves him some dual-threat quarterbacks who have versatility to play other positions. That’s Williams’ profile in a nutshell. With his experience playing at the quarterback position as a supreme runner and passer, he’s a playmaker that can be slotted at any position. So he’s an athlete Oklahoma State is willing to take a chance on, extending an offer during his visit.Rated as a three-star recruit at 5-foot-10 188 pounds, I’d like to think this offer may be as a defensive back/athlete. But the reality is that he could play on both sides of the ball with his versatility.Byron Hobbs — Outside linebackerOffer No. 1 is in for Fort Worth (Texas) Eastern Hills outside linebacker Byron Hobbs, and OSU is first in line.6-foot-4, 205 pounds? From Fort Worth? And still hasn’t garnered interest elsewhere? I’m betting that changes. So I like this offer.Trey Stratford — Offensive Lineman6-foot-4 three-star offensive lineman Trey Stratford, a prospect from Allen, Texas, was offered yesterday.Being from Allen — one of the most dominant high school football programs in Texas — he’s not been a well-kept secret. Baylor, Mississippi State and TCU have all joined the list since the year began, and Texas, Ole Miss and Houston also have standing offers to the offensive tackle.Blake Barron — Inside LinebackerAnother first offer out the door on Saturday. This one to unranked inside linebacker prospect Blake Barron of Rockwall, Texas.Oklahoma State is now pursuing both inside linebackers from Rockwall. The OSU staff offered 2018 linebacker Alston Orji, a four-star recruit, earlier in 2016. Barron is an underrated backer, though, and at 6-foot-1 218 pounds I think he has good size at the inside backer position.Nic McTear — Tight endNic McTear picked up his first Division I offer with OSU’s on Saturday. From Frisco, Texas, McTear will likely be a steal as an unranked recruit right now. He has good size for a tight end, he has very good leaping ability, and he’s a solid blocker — and important characteristic OSU needs for its cowboy back position.Rafiti Ghirmai — Offensive LinemanAnother Frisco native with an offer on junior day: rising offensive lineman Rafiti Ghirmai. A three-star offensive tackle, Ghirmai already has 12 Division I offers and counting — 9 since Jan. 1.As everyone knows, offensive tackle is a position of high importance for OSU. And even if it gets solidified this season, it’s always smart to look to the future. Ghirmai would be a nice one to pick up down the road and can take care of QB Spencer Sanders blindside.Byron Hanspard — Wide ReceiverFor yet another cycle, Oklahoma State is seeking the commitment of a DeSoto wide receiver. Three-star Byron Hanspard is the latest:Also on his offer list: Northwestern, Houston, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Colorado and Texas Tech.Gemon Green — Defensive backAnother DeSoto product, Gemon Green has been offered by Oklahoma State as a defensive back. The latest defensive back from DeSoto to pick OSU was A.J. Green in 2016.With 8 offers already, OSU is getting in on the ground floor. Green has legit size for a defensive back — a trait OSU loves. And he’s a lanky athlete that can evolve into a lockdown defender.German Green — Defensive backALERT. We have another brother target. German, the brother of Gemon, happens to be twins with him. German is an inch taller than Gemon.OTHER VISITORSTaye Barber – QB/ATHWayne Jones – SafetyTommy Bush – WRTre Adams -WRParker Cupp – OLRylan Mcquarters – ATHAdrian Wilson – WR/ATHSean Shaw, Jr. – WRlast_img read more

Look: Photos From Oklahoma State Spring Practice No. 1

first_imgMike Gundy Keondre Wudtee Hey, we have a photographer and a credential now, and here are some photos from Day 1 of Oklahoma State’s spring practice. Awesome work by Jackson Lavarnway getting some good shots of new and old faces on Monday in Stillwater. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. QB1 Jerel Morrow [PFB] Cornerbacks working out Tyron Johnson Rob Glass doing work Bryce Brown Tre Flowers and Co. Kasey Dunnlast_img read more

By the Numbers: OSU’s Rapid Pace Left Tulsa in the Dust

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State got its season off to a quick start with a dominant performance over Tulsa in Week 1. The first quarter was the stuff dreams and had everyone looking up which bowls were hosting the semifinal games. But beyond the hyperbole and besides the flashy highlights and Tyron swag, what else can we glean from the season opener? Let’s take a look at the numbers.OSU Drive ChartThe Cowboys scored on the opening three possessions while burning up all of 4:31 off the clock. The first was a methodical but blazing-fast eight plays for 74 yards that culminated in Tyron Johnson’s first catch for his first touchdown at OSU. Two more quick strikes and the game was set on its fixed trajectory. Zach Sinor got just two shots to build his faux Heisman case.AdChoices广告On the empty side of the glass, a boneheaded mistake from Mason Rudolph resulted in a strip sack and Jalen McCleskey’s attempt at the most ill-advised punt return I can remember ended with six points on the wrong side of the board. Matt Ammendola missed a 33-yard field goal attempt wide-left which Mike Gundy blamed on the sophomore getting in a hurry. Let’s hope Philly can slow down.Here’s a look at OSU’s pertinent numbersPoints per drive (offense): 4.33Points per drive (defense): 1.21Yards per play: 10.2Third-Down conversions: 5/9 (55.5%)Average starting field position: own 30-yard lineRed-zone scoring: 4/5Points off turnovers: 14Time of possession: 23:20The points-per-drive disparity was heavy in the Cowboys’ favor but could have been even more so had OSU not turned the ball over twice (giving up 10 points) and missed a short field goal. I want to say something smart like, “They won’t be able to get away with that against (insert team).” But I’m not actually sure. I’m not saying the needless giveaways should be ignored or that place kicker is not a concern. What I am saying is that this offense is really, really good and we knew that coming in. Let’s just not make a habit out of silly mistakes and I won’t have to be wrong.Tulsa Drive ChartYou know the saying “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have one.”? Well, Philip Montgomery might empathize. He wouldn’t admit to anyone (and possibly himself) who his starting QB was until kickoff. President, Skipper, President. I’m not just recalling random proper titles of leadership. That’s Tulsa’s QB rotation.With inexperienced leadership behind center and the passing game a work in progress, we all expected Tulsa to come out with an emphasis on the rushing attack. The Golden Hurricane finished 2016 as the eighth-best rushing team in the country with the Nos. 1 and 2 rushers in the AAC. No. 2 is back for 2017 — D’Angelo Brewer’s jersey number is 4 actually — and returns after a 1,435-yard, 7-TD season where he averaged 5.4 yards per carry. On Thursday night, Oklahoma State held him to 33 yards on 22 carries for a rough 1.5 average. Tulsa ended up averaging 4.1 yards per carry but that was a bit inflated due to a garbage-time run for 55 yards by Corey Taylor II. Glenn Spencer cracked exactly one and a half grins during postgame availability — that’s a good sign.Here’s a look at Tulsa’s numbersPoints per drive (offense): 1.21Points per drive (defense): 4.33Yards per play: 4.4Third-down conversions: 16/26 (61.5%)Average starting field position: own 25-yard lineRed-zone scoring: 2/4Points off turnovers: 10Time of possession: 36:40So Tulsa couldn’t stop Oklahoma State. No surprise there. But its 61.5 percent on third-down is somewhere between head-scratching and concerning. Especially when you consider that Tulsa was 5 of 10 on third-and-long and 5 of 8 on third down with at least 10 to go. It was also 1 of 2 on fourth down.The Golden Hurricane actually started 0-for-4 on third-and-long until the second quarter when the score was 28-7. OSU’s defense then gave up five of the last six third-and-long situations. Like I said, it’s not ideal but it does fall into OSU’s lane of a “bend-don’t-break” defense. I’m not going to worry too much about it. If not for an unnecessary fumble by QB1 and a perplexing snafu by Jalen McCleskey, OSU wins the turnover battle 2-nil. I’ll take that, 1.1 points per drive and a 50-percent success rate on my opponent’s red-zone trips most days if I’m Spencer.last_img read more

Stoger unhappy with Dortmund display

first_imgBorussia Dortmund Stoger unhappy with Dortmund display Dejan Kalinic 09:04 16/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) PeterStoger - Cropped Getty Images Borussia Dortmund UEFA Europa League Salzburg v Borussia Dortmund Salzburg The BVB boss was not pleased with his team’s performance at Red Bull Salzburg as they bowed out of the Europa League Borussia Dortmund head coach Peter Stoger lamented his side’s display at Red Bull Salzburg, saying the Austrian champions deserved to progress in the Europa League.Dortmund suffered a 2-1 aggregate loss in the last 16 after being held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg at Red Bull Arena.Stoger said his team were unable to deliver what they wanted away from home as they made a surprise exit. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “In the first half we showed nearly nothing of what we planned to do,” he told a news conference.”There are different ways in football to get successful and create chances, the quality of your football included. We thought we had enough of that [quality] on the pitch in the first half, but we saw nothing of it.”Concerning the areas and spaces we wanted to use, also in the box for crosses, we did nothing. That’s disappointing for us.”The pitch was not the best, but we made it partially hard for ourselves. Nevertheless, we saw that we can create chances with a little more courage in the second half.”At the end of the day, Salzburg probably deserved the next round over the two games. We had to congratulate them and I want to compliment my compatriots.”Dortmund have won just one of their past six games in all competitions and host Hannover in the Bundesliga Sunday.last_img read more

How Chuba Hubbard Reminds Mike Gundy of Barry Sanders

first_imgGoing into last season, the Cowboys were without the star power of Mason Rudolph and James Washington, but did have a star in the backfield in Justice Hill. Hill left with injury early in Bedlam last season and didn’t return for the rest of the year, but Hubbard, who showed glimpses of what he was capable of throughout the year, took over.Hubbard finished that Bedlam game with 104 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He also broke the century mark in two of the final three games of the season, going for 134 yards in a win against West Virginia and 145 yards in a Liberty Bowl win against Missouri. That type of production late in the year has Gundy excited about what he has entering this season.“When we lost Justice last year, it was difficult for us because we lost a great player,” Gundy said. “As I said earlier though, it benefited us because (Hubbard) had to play in some really key games. I’m also excited about watching him play. He’s really just kind of scratched the surface with his body and what he can do and what he can bring to the table. The area he has improved as much as any is just his leadership, his willingness to work extremely hard.”The Canadian track star turned OSU running back is apparently also doing goat things in practice.“One thing I noticed in practice yesterday, and I didn’t say anything about it, I just kind of watched it again today, and it reminded me of guys back when I practice: When he takes the ball in practice from the 40-yard line when we’re in a tag period, when we’re not tackling, he runs all the way to the goal line every time, and I haven’t seen that in years,” Gundy said.“That’s encouraging. Now when we get back to how many steps a day he takes at practice, that could be a little bit of an issue, but I would rather back him off than have to kick him into the fight. We’re really excited about him at this point.”Does that sound familiar? It should.“Every time (Barry Sanders) ran the ball in practice, he sprinted to the end zone,” Gundy said. “We’d have to wait for him to come back. And we’d say, ‘Barry, hey man, you’re killing us.’ He wore himself out, and that’s why he slept all the time, probably.“But the guy was a phenomenal competitor with a work ethic that was through the roof. He out-practiced everybody on the field and in the weight room. And that’s why he got to the point he did.” [ESPN] STILLWATER — It isn’t too often a coach calls his star running back “pretty” as a compliment.On Oklahoma State’s 2017 roster, Hubbard was listed as a 6-1, 190-pound freshman. Entering only his redshirt sophomore season in Stillwater, Hubbard is now listed at 207, and it wasn’t at all comparable to the “freshman 15” other college kids add.#BodybyGlass pic.twitter.com/Nr8GtDakKi— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 4, 2019“Chuba looks really good,” Gundy said. “For me, or personally as a coach, you’re always really careful to step out there, but he’s about as pretty as they get. He’s about 208-210 pounds, and I don’t know how fast he is, but he’s really fast. He’s very determined. He’s very intelligent. He understands.””He’s as pretty as they get.” You can tell Mike Gundy is expecting big things from @Hubbard_RMN this season. @CowboyFB pic.twitter.com/RZiUIayOSz— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) August 5, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Game Preview: Beavers Doomed If They Can’t Establish Run Against Cowboys

first_imgAfter months of misery, it’s finally game day again.Oklahoma State starts it’s 2019 season with a late-night meeting with Oregon State at 9:30 p.m. Friday night in Corvallis. The teams both had disappointing 2018s, but the expectations leading to that disappointment varied.The Beavers were 2-10 last season, beating Southern Utah and Colorado in overtime. Meanwhile, the Cowboys streak of 10-win seasons ended, as the Pokes narrowly secured bowl eligibility en route to a 7-6 year. Both teams are 0-0 now with endless possibilities ahead.Here are some things of note heading into the West Coast matchup.2018 Offensive Stats Points Per Game38.426.1 Passing Defense267.1254.9 Rushing Defense185.4281.8 Rushing Offense190.3155.6 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 2018 Defensive Stats Oklahoma StateOregon Statecenter_img Total Offense500.2404.8 Oklahoma StateOregon State Points Allowed Per Game32.545.7 Total Defense452.5536.8 Intriguing Battle in the Trenches Looks to Favor CowboysOregon State quarterbacks got sacked 48 times last season. That was the most of any FBS team in the country. Oklahoma State’s defense had 39 team sacks, tied for 12th in the country.Just looking at those two stats, one would think Beaver quarterback Jake Luton will be picking himself off the turf quite a bit Friday night, but OSU’s defensive line is quite a bit different than it was a season ago.The Pokes return only 14 sacks from last season to their 2019 roster. Devin Harper had 2.5 of those, but he was absent the first depth chart the team put out after spending time in fall camp with a lower body injury. The Cowboys will also be without Calvin Bundage’s 1.5 sacks from 2018, as reports surfaced Thursday that he didn’t travel with the team after being dinged up for much of fall camp.The left side of the Beavers’ offensive line (LT-Blake Brandel and LG-Gus Lavaka) returns after starting every game last season. However Oregon State has less experience on the other three spots of the line.On the first depth chart the Beavers released this year, there was an or between centers Nathan Eldridge (who was injured all last season) and Nous Keobounnam (who primarily played on special teams in 2018). Eldrige is a transfer from Arizona, where he played in 25 games across 2016 and 2017.Oregon State’s starting right guard, Clay Cordasco played in nine games lasts season, and right tackle Brandon Kipper played in three.Expect Beavers to Pound the RockWhatever deficiencies the Oregon State offensive line had in pass protection last season, the unit tried to make up for with solid run blocking.Oregon State running back Jermar Jefferson was a freshman All-American last season after running for 1,380 yards and 12 touchdowns. Jefferson was the Beavers’ offense last season, averaging 115 yards a game and finishing his first season of college football 239 carries. Justice Hill and Chuba Hubbard combined for 282 carries last year.If the Cowboys can stuff Jefferson early and score points on the other end, it could get dicey for Oregon State if the Beavers have to depend on their passing game. Passing Offense309.8249.2last_img read more

Kick Time, Television Information for TCU Game in Week 10 Announced

first_imgOklahoma State might as well plan to play its games in the afternoon until further notice. The Big 12 announced Monday morning that the Cowboys’ Week 10 kick against TCU is a 2:30 kick, the third consecutive afternoon slot and the fifth this season.It’s unclear which major network will carry the game, but it’s guaranteed to be on network television. ESPN has the rights to carry it on its main network or to option it to ABC.⏰s and 📺 details for Week 10. #Big12FB(As selected by the Conference television partners) pic.twitter.com/Y3mrwCfMMM— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 21, 2019Afternoon kick times for OSU have been average so far this season. OSU is 1-1 when playing at either 2:30 or 3:00 p.m. this season, with a loss to Baylor and a win over Tulsa. OSU plays Iowa State this upcoming Saturday in Ames at 2:30 p.m. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Your supporters are your best spokespeople

first_imgToday I’m continuing yesterday’s theme: giving your supporters the means to promote you. It’s even better than finding celebrity spokespeople. After all, the number one reason people give money or take action is because someone asked them — especially someone they know. So how do you give your core supporters ways to be evangelists for your cause? 1. Send them a nifty email and ask them to forward it to five friends. Make it an email that just asks for a simple action, like signing a petition or joining a community so you can get the email addresses of those five friends and cultivate them as donors. 2. If they have a blog, ask them to link to you or fundraise for you on their blog. Give them cool tools to do it. At Network for Good, we’re creating cool tools to give bloggers to call attention to your cause next month. In the meantime, check out Word of Blog.3. Send your supporters cool pictures or put them on Flickr and ask people to share the good work you are doing. Pictures are so compelling.4. Ask your supporters to hold events for you, like dinner party fundraisers or races and make it easy for them to recruit people with tools like First Giving.5. Ask them to tell their stories to you (so you can spread them). I love this new campaign encouraging women to vote by sharing stories of their “first times” voting in an attention-seizing way. The personal stories your supporters have about why they support you are often far more interesting and compelling then any appeal you could create.last_img read more