First Look: Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Tom Pennington

Suddenly on a hot streak of sorts, the Baylor Bears look to finish the regular season strong this weekend with a Senior Day victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

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NR/RV/NR BAYLOR (6-5, 3-5) vs. 24/RV/23 OKLAHOMA STATE (7-4, 5-3)
Dec. 1, 2012 | 11 a.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Floyd Casey Stadium (50,000)

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Things look a lot better at 6-5 than they did at 3-5, right? We've got the Cowboys coming to town this week, and they are a formidable foe. Check out the vitals:

Opponent: Oklahoma State Cowboys
Official Website: OKState.com
2012 Roster; Depth Chart vs. Baylor
Last Game: 51-48 OT Bedlam Loss
2011 Matchup: 59-24 OSU win
SB Nation Blog: Cowboys Ride for Free
Baylor Bears vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Game Page

2012 Oklahoma State Schedule

G Date Day School Opponent Conf Pts Opp W L Streak Notes
1 Sep 1, 2012 Sat (19) Oklahoma State Savannah State Non-Major W 84 0 1 0 W 1
2 Sep 8, 2012 Sat (18) Oklahoma State @ Arizona Pac-12 L 38 59 1 1 L 1
3 Sep 15, 2012 Sat Oklahoma State Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt W 65 24 2 1 W 1
4 Sep 29, 2012 Sat Oklahoma State (12) Texas Big 12 L 36 41 2 2 L 1
5 Oct 13, 2012 Sat Oklahoma State @ Kansas Big 12 W 20 14 3 2 W 1
6 Oct 20, 2012 Sat Oklahoma State Iowa State Big 12 W 31 10 4 2 W 2
7 Oct 27, 2012 Sat Oklahoma State Texas Christian Big 12 W 36 14 5 2 W 3
8 Nov 3, 2012 Sat Oklahoma State @ (3) Kansas State Big 12 L 30 44 5 3 L 1
9 Nov 10, 2012 Sat Oklahoma State West Virginia Big 12 W 55 34 6 3 W 1
10 Nov 17, 2012 Sat Oklahoma State (23) Texas Tech Big 12 W 59 21 7 3 W 2
11 Nov 24, 2012 Sat (22) Oklahoma State @ (14) Oklahoma Big 12 L 48 51 7 4 L 1
12 Dec 1, 2012 Sat (24) Oklahoma State @ Baylor Big 12
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 11/27/2012.

2012 Oklahoma State Offensive Game Log

Passing Rushing Total Offense First Downs Penalties Turnovers
Rk Date Opponent Result Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg Pass Rush Pen Tot No. Yds Fum Int Tot
1 2012-09-01 Savannah State W (84-0) 26 37 70.3 287 3 42 395 9.4 9 79 682 8.6 13 20 0 33 4 40 1 1 2
2 2012-09-08 @ Arizona L (38-59) 37 60 61.7 436 4 32 200 6.3 1 92 636 6.9 17 12 1 30 15 167 1 3 4
3 2012-09-15 Louisiana-Lafayette W (65-24) 26 37 70.3 412 4 59 330 5.6 4 96 742 7.7 17 20 2 39 5 45 0 1 1
4 2012-09-29 Texas L (36-41) 18 27 66.7 301 2 40 275 6.9 2 67 576 8.6 11 13 0 24 7 65 0 1 1
5 2012-10-13 @ Kansas W (20-14) 18 29 62.1 255 1 44 116 2.6 1 73 371 5.1 9 6 2 17 3 45 0 1 1
6 2012-10-20 Iowa State W (31-10) 32 47 68.1 415 1 42 210 5.0 3 89 625 7.0 14 12 2 28 5 36 2 0 2
7 2012-10-27 Texas Christian W (36-14) 18 33 54.5 324 1 40 147 3.7 2 73 471 6.5 12 6 4 22 5 40 1 1 2
8 2012-11-03 @ Kansas State L (30-44) 27 47 57.4 417 2 24 87 3.6 0 71 504 7.1 19 6 1 26 5 44 1 4 5
9 2012-11-10 West Virginia W (55-34) 22 31 71.0 292 4 35 151 4.3 2 66 443 6.7 12 8 1 21 11 108 0 1 1
10 2012-11-17 Texas Tech W (59-21) 12 22 54.5 231 4 42 256 6.1 3 64 487 7.6 8 14 1 23 5 35 0 0 0
11 2012-11-24 @ Oklahoma L (48-51) 20 38 52.6 289 1 41 201 4.9 5 79 490 6.2 11 11 1 23 6 55 0 1 1
11 Games 256 408 62.7 3659 27 441 2368 5.4 32 849 6027 7.1 143 128 15 286 71 680 6 14 20
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 11/27/2012.

2012 Oklahoma State Defensive Game Log

Passing Rushing Total Offense First Downs Penalties
Rk Date Opponent Result Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg Pass Rush Pen Tot No. Yds Fum Int TO
1 2012-09-01 Savannah State W (84-0) 12 27 44.4 81 0 41 58 1.4 0 68 139 2.0 5 3 0 8 13 69 0 2 2
2 2012-09-08 @ Arizona L (38-59) 28 41 68.3 320 2 49 181 3.7 4 90 501 5.6 15 11 6 32 4 27 0 0 0
3 2012-09-15 Louisiana-Lafayette W (65-24) 21 42 50.0 266 1 25 110 4.4 2 67 376 5.6 11 7 0 18 5 48 1 0 1
4 2012-09-29 Texas L (36-41) 30 38 78.9 304 3 42 136 3.2 2 80 440 5.5 13 9 3 25 5 30 0 1 1
5 2012-10-13 @ Kansas W (20-14) 15 32 46.9 211 1 49 187 3.8 1 81 398 4.9 9 10 3 22 4 46 0 0 0
6 2012-10-20 Iowa State W (31-10) 23 48 47.9 240 1 22 101 4.6 0 70 341 4.9 10 6 0 16 6 45 1 1 2
7 2012-10-27 Texas Christian W (36-14) 24 44 54.5 223 1 27 121 4.5 0 71 344 4.8 10 8 1 19 10 80 1 2 3
8 2012-11-03 @ Kansas State L (30-44) 21 28 75.0 290 0 43 191 4.4 3 71 481 6.8 12 10 3 25 2 13 0 0 0
9 2012-11-10 West Virginia W (55-34) 37 56 66.1 401 3 35 78 2.2 1 91 479 5.3 19 5 2 26 7 46 2 0 2
10 2012-11-17 Texas Tech W (59-21) 29 42 69.0 284 2 34 99 2.9 1 76 383 5.0 11 9 0 20 8 70 1 2 3
11 2012-11-24 @ Oklahoma L (48-51) 47 73 64.4 512 3 30 106 3.5 2 103 618 6.0 29 11 4 44 3 15 1 1 2
11 Games 287 471 60.9 3132 17 397 1368 3.4 16 868 4500 6.8 144 89 22 255 67 489 7 9 16
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 11/27/2012.

Of everything he's done at Okie State as the head coach, I think this season is probably the most impressive notch in Mike Gundy's belt considering the losses his program suffered (mostly to the NFL) at quarterback and wide receiver. When you add to that the fact that they've lost not one, but two freshman quarterbacks to injury over the course of the season and still managed to have a fairly prolific offense, that's fairly incredible. 3 different passers-- J.W. Walsh, Wes Lunt, and Clint Chelf-- have more than 1,000 yards this season, which I believe is an NCAA record.

Tendency-wise, OSU is much more run-oriented this year than last, and Baylor will have to be ready for junior Joseph Randle at the running back position. If OSU has struggled somewhere offensively, it is in turning the ball over. They have as a team a total of 20 turnovers on the season and only two games this year where they haven't given the ball away at least once.

Overall, it's not the same offensive attack as we saw last year and in years past. They're good in the advanced statistics, but they're not incredible (though FEI likes them quite a bit), and their record reflects that at this point. Still, they have enough going for them to be ranked and favored (OSU -4.5 was the last number I saw) going into the game this weekend, and they are always an opponent to be taken seriously.

Category National
Rank
Actual National
Leader
Actual Conf
Rank
Big 12
Conference Leader
Actual
Rushing Offense 20 215.27 Army 369.82 3 Baylor 217.00
Passing Offense 7 332.64 Marshall 365.08 5 Texas Tech 361.92
Total Offense 5 547.91 Louisiana Tech 577.92 2 Baylor 575.45
Scoring Offense 3 45.64 Louisiana Tech 51.50 1 Oklahoma St. 45.64
Rushing Defense 22 124.36 Stanford 71.33 3 TCU 97.27
Pass Efficiency Defense 45 124.85 Florida 91.49 4 Oklahoma 102.28
Total Defense 72 409.09 Alabama 233.67 5 TCU 323.91
Scoring Defense 67 28.36 Alabama 9.25 6 Kansas St. 20.82
Net Punting 8 40.46 Louisiana Tech 43.51 2 Texas 40.80
Punt Returns 43 9.97 Kansas St. 22.87 8 Kansas St. 22.87
Kickoff Returns 6 26.58 Kansas St. 29.54 3 Kansas St. 29.54
Turnover Margin 85 -.36 Kansas St. 1.73 9 Kansas St. 1.73
Pass Defense 113 284.73 Nebraska 152.17 8 Oklahoma 194.64
Passing Efficiency 19 153.01 Alabama 175.08 6 Baylor 158.04
Sacks T-60 2.00 Stanford 4.42 4 Kansas St. 2.45
Tackles For Loss 24 6.91 Stanford 9.25 2 Texas 7.45
Sacks Allowed T-11 .91 North Texas .50 1 Oklahoma St. .91
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