first_imgYou guys all know the story by now. Baker meets OSU soccer player. Baker falls in love with OSU soccer player. OSU soccer player roots for OSU in Bedlam. The whole thing is quite funny and great.And it turned out to be the source of some terrific College GameDay signs which Baillie Burmaster (Baker’s girlfriend) embraced with a smile. Well done all the way around.Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 1.09.06 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 1.09.12 PM Screen Shot 2015-11-28 at 1.09.00 PMAdChoices广告When helping out @CollegeGameDay and you become the joke of @CollegeGameDay signs… pic.twitter.com/unlyi6xpvf— Baillie Burmaster (@bayburmTV) November 28, 2015 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

first_imgThings didn’t go as planned on Saturday night, but the Cowboys came out with a “punch ’em in the mouth” mentality. Devante Averette laid the wood on Alex Ross during a kick return, and CHUNKS of the helmet went flying after the big hit.That hit tho ?https://t.co/NRsd6u6DlL— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) November 29, 2015 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.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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. Well, after much begging and a small monetary contribution to Kyle’s children’s college fund, I get to keep writing for PFB. I’m moving on from breaking down plays to breaking down recruiting film. On to today’s recruit, Mique Juarez. Juarez is an athletic OLB. He could potentially play the star position with his speed and size. The star position is basically a third safety. In the Big 12, defenses need as much speed on the field as possible. Jordan Burton was OSU’s star linebacker this year. Burton is 6’3 215, Juarez is listed at 6’2 215. AdChoices广告As you can see, Juarez is an athlete. His 40 time is listed in the 4.6 range. That’s solid for a linebacker. Juarez plays DE, LB, QB, and WR, he also had some kick return action in there. Juarez looks like a college athlete playing pee wee. He’s aggressive, mean and likes to head hunt. His combination of speed and power are too much for high school players to handle. Juarez also shows nice patience in waiting for the play to develop before attacking. That is something OSU needs badly. On Perine’s big touchdown run, OSU’s linebacker shot inside and there wasn’t anybody to the outside to contain the edge. Juarez also has the make up speed if he does step the wrong direction. His vision is probably his greatest strength, he sees the play, and he understands what the offense is trying to do. His experience at QB will pay off big time when it comes to defense. He does have some things to work on, he often times slings people to the ground. That works when you are considerably bigger and stronger than everyone. It won’t work against D1 level running backs. What skills he lacks in are coachable; you can’t coach speed, vision, and power.Strengths: Speed, field vision, power, explosiveness, and size for the position.Weakness:  Arm tackling, and getting by on athletic advantage instead of using good technique.Player he reminds me of: Eric Striker, they have similar size, athletic ability and explosiveness.Juarez would be a game changer for OSU’s defense. The linebackers are really good players, they just are missing someone who can take over a game, similar to how Striker took over Bedlam. OSU had no answer for his relentless attack. OSU has recruited well at DE, imagine having a good DE and putting blitzing Juarez on the same side. Likeliness of OSU getting him: I’d say 25 percent, it’ll be tough to fight through the California schools and OU. Hopefully he picks the good guys this winter.I’ll be back later on to break down some of our other big name recruits.  last_img read more

first_imgFormer running backs coach Jemal Singleton left Stillwater last year, but was well entrenched in Stillwater after being an assistant on staff for three years. He knows all about the culture in Stillwater.On Monday, he celebrated his 40th birthday, and some young gun poked the bear, which lead to this hilarious tweet:@The3rdRawleigh “I’m a man, I’m 40″— Jemal Singleton (@CoachSings) December 7, 2015Singleton is now the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at the University of Arkansas.AdChoices广告 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

first_imgESPN released the viewer statistics from the 2015 football season on Thursday, revealing that this season was the network’s most watched ever – over 1,961,000 average viwers per episode.Of the most watched episodes this season, the three-hour broadcast from Stillwater was the most watched, receiving 2,267,000 average viewers, the most ever for a College Gameday broadcast.During the broadcast, you probably saw Lee Corse pick the Cowboys and nearly blow Rickie Fowler’s head off:This was INSANE. Corso almost lost his head, nearly shot Fowler. pic.twitter.com/IG9amrcIFT— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) November 28, 2015AdChoices广告Of course we all know the outcome of the game… The Sooners rolled in Bedlam and earned the No. 4 seed in the college football playoff. 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

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. AdChoices广告Trace Clark takes us through the Sugar Bowl gift suite packages which each player receives just for being on the team. The logic is strong, too. You start with the recliner and everything else is trying to knock that off.Also, I loved him saying, “I don’t know what mountains you’re finding in Stillwater, Oklahoma …”last_img read more

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 bane of Oklahoma State fans across the globe this year was the fact that OSU finished No. 114 in the country in yards per carry this year. That is comically bad. Of Power 5 schools, only Washington State, Missouri, Florida and Kansas were worse. Here are the bottom 15 teams in the country in yards per carry.Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 2.28.27 PMThe ire of the head ball coach, however, is not directed where you might think. Fans (including myself) have long blamed the offensive line. And to be fair, it has not been pretty.This picture is going to get me kicked the hell out of this damn press box!! Give me a helmet that’s it!!! #WTF pic.twitter.com/ORHXy1gxAx— Sam Mayes (@AllmericanMayes) January 2, 2016AdChoices广告But Mike Gundy put the blame on his running backs as much as the guys blocking for him.“The other side of that is, we don’t have the explosive running back in our program like we had (in 2006-12),” Gundy told Go Pokes. “Tie those two things together, and it makes for a difficult running game.”That’s a pretty big indictment of Chris Carson and Co. but Gundy isn’t wrong.“If we don’t improve in the running game,we won’t win 10 games next year” Gundy told the Oklahoman. “We’ll improve on the offensive line with two things: experience and size. We need to find a guy to hand the ball to that can be more productive running the ball and not only get what we have blocked for them.Wow!“We managed to throw for 352 yards a game without rushing the ball,” he added to the Tulsa World. He also put forth some potential solutions.“There are two ways to (address) the issues we have,” Gundy told the Tulsa World. One is the way we’re doing it. The other way is to take a risk and go out and (sign) four or five junior college kids for a couple of years, like some schools do on their defensive line and offensive line. To try and get the quick fix. To me, that’s detrimental for Oklahoma State football. It’s not good for the long term. …“There’s really no reason to panic. We’ve admitted to where we were at. These are discussions we’ve had with the players and coaching staff. … We have a plan in place … and that plan already has started.I hope parts two, three and four of this plan pan out better than the first one.last_img read more

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. Former Oklahoma State player Donovan Woods made it on campus today in Stillwater, and both Woods and new transfer running back Barry J. Sanders met up during his time to take a picture. Sanders had nothing but good things to say about the former Cowboy in a post he later published on Instagram:Pretty cool to see Sanders embracing his time already spent in Stillwater and making the most of it. Also, I believe this is the first visual proof that Sanders is on campus. Hooray for football season!last_img read more

first_img2014593155.30 20135428.41 Sanders comes in as the leading back in rush average at almost 6 yards per carry. He didn’t get very much playing time at Stanford, yet still finished both his sophomore and junior season with over 300 yards. Compare this to OSU’s Rennie Childs, who had 72 and 78 rushing attempts in 2015 and 2014, respectively, but didn’t reach 300 yards in either of those seasons. Carson surpassed Sanders’ run total in 2015 with over 500, but averaged only 3.9 YPC. Barry will have to fight for touches in a backfield that will reportedly feature a total of five running backs — Carson, Childs, Barry J., Jeff Carr freshman Justice Hill. Carson, Childs and Barry will probably get the bulk of the carries, although there are reports that Hill will play a bigger role than initially expected.Passing GameWhether Barry J. will contribute in the passing game is unknown. Sanders only accrued 12 receptions and 89 yards in his three years with the Cardinal. Compare this to Carson, who had 17 receptions for 170 yards in 2015. Sanders will have receptions by the end of the season, but most of them will probably be off of simple swing or check down passes. Sophomore Jeff Carr was used in a similar role last season, so the Cowboy coaching staff could create packages for either Carr or Sanders.Return GameOne area in which Sanders could make a difference is the return game. Sanders hardly got any time at Stanford, only returning nine punts and two kick returns in his entire collegiate career. For the Cowboys, the kick return specialists varied, including Jeff Carr and occasionally Brandon Shepherd or James Washington. Jalen McCleskey returned punts most of the time, and while he did well, he had the occasional problem of muffing the punt. Sanders was just announced as the kick returner and second-team punt returner on the week 1 depth chart. Sanders has the ability to make a difference in every week, even if it’s predominately on special teams.In conclusion, remember that it would be unfair to compare Barry J. to the production of his father considering that Barry Sanders was one of the best, if not the best, college running backs of all time. Still, there’s undoubtedly going to be the crowd who expects Barry J. to light it up the moment he steps on the field. Whatever happens, it is important that we all appreciate Barry J. for his own talents and contributions in whichever role he finds himself. Career1156725.85 YRATTYDSAVGTDcenter_img 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. Barry J. Sanders comes to Oklahoma State as both a talented and vetted running back, and many expect him to do big things in orange in black. Sanders, who comes to OSU as a graduate transfer, has one year to make a difference for the Pokes. Whether he will start at running back is unknown, although unlikely. He will, though, probably be used as a rotation back and a specialist. Sanders has the experience and ability to contribute in a number of ways for the Cowboys. Here’s an analysis of what he could do in the run game, the passing game and as a return specialist.Run GameSanders’ career statistics stand out a bit when in comparison to those of the Cowboys’ backs. Keep in mind that Sanders played for a team that is consistently one of the country’s greatest running football teams, while OSU, well, is not. 2015513156.24last_img read more

first_imgHowever despite Romney’s best efforts, Pickens currently supports two other teams, both which hail from Texas:#OKstate Boone Pickens’ top choices for Big 12 expansion: Houston and SMU— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 3, 2016Last week, the Big 12 narrowed down their options to 11 schools according to an ESPN report, notably removing Memphis, once considered a top candidate, from consideration. Pickens’ comments are a perfect example of the fact that everyone seems to have an opinion on which schools they want to include, but no one really has any idea what’s actually going on. Even billionaires like Pickens don’t have the final say in what the Big 12 will ultimately do as a conference, so maybe we all just need to sit back and grab a drink and a lawn chair and watch this beautiful mess unfold right in front of us. 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. Mitt Romney has been very vocally supportive of the BYU Cougars in the process of Big 12 expansion that has evolved in recent months.According to recent reports, Romney has gone so far as to call OSU megabooster Boone Pickens himself to try and sell BYU as a candidate for expansion.#OKState donor Boone Pickens said Mitt Romney called him and asked him to support BYU to be included in the Big 12 expansion— Dekota Gregory (@dekotagregory) September 3, 2016last_img read more

first_imgIma still ride wit who I came with #SavgeSzn ???— Ashton Lampkin (@OSU_DB6) September 11, 2016Good to see some of the players are keeping their head on their shoulders. As freshman kicker Max Allan noted on twitter, tomorrow’s a new day. And Oklahoma State has their entire season ahead of them despite a gut-wrenching loss against Central Michigan. God thank you for opportunity to play this game I love so much. Win or lose its a blessing to be able to walk out on that field! #ForGlory— Jordan Sterns (@31rzns) September 10, 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.center_img Two of the veteran leaders of the defense, Jordan Sterns and Ashton Lampkin, have been through a lot during their time at Oklahoma State. But probably none quite as insane as Saturday’s hail mary touchdown that downed the Cowboys at home.Fortunately for both, they had a good perspective on the game and let everyone know their thoughts on their twitter pages:last_img read more

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. Sorry I was unable to get to the mailbag questions on Wednesday. Doing them this afternoon instead. Let’s jump right in with a doozy.David Einstein: Do sports and politics now overlap? (i.e. North Carolina house bill). If so, how would Oklahoma react if in the same situation? Sports and politics have always overlapped, and that’s a good thing. In fact, you know what is the best thing to happen in sports this year? Colin Kaepernick taking a knee for the national anthem. That is the single best thing that has happened in sports in 2016.Regardless of how you feel about whether Kaepernick is right or wrong about his stance (and I know that literally every human being who is not in currently a coma feels a certain way about Kaepernick’s stance on the issue), it is the only sports event in 2016 that has opened the door for conversations about more important things than cover-two defenses and how many shooting guards is too many shooting guards (looking at you, TFord!)You know who made it easier to talk about racial diversity within my community and how to love those around us better with three friends over beers on Tuesday night after our church group met at my house? Colin Kaepernick.His position, whether you agree with it or now, has allowed us to in a lot of instances have conversations about race that don’t feel awkward or forced. And figuring out how to love all humans regardless of nationality or race is a far greater thing than the United States flag. It just is. I cannot be convinced otherwise.I grant that it is incredibly difficult to move beyond the “should he or shouldn’t he?” question when it comes to standing for the flag, and that this is a deeply complex issue for which many men and women have literally given up their lives. But if you can hold two truths in one hand at the same time — that a person can feel deep gratitude for those who have shed blood but also despair over the way a specific people has been treated historically (and I’ve read plenty of pieces that prove we can do this) — then it is legitimately a great gateway to talking about real things that matter.I actually wish more OSU players and coaches would have addressed the controversy. I understand why they haven’t been asked or why they wouldn’t respond, but I think the conversation is a good (and fascinating) one to have. And one that is important if you believe that we as humans have a lot to learn about diversity and racial reconciliation (which I do).I can’t speak to how Oklahoma would react in the same situation regarding the North Carolina bill because I am too ignorant of the details of the situation so I won’t speak to that, but I’ve been looking for a reason to write about Kaepernick so thanks for giving it to me.OK … back to your regularly-scheduled programming!Kade Gottschalk: Would you trade Mason Rudolph for Alabama’s entire starting offensive line and Lane Kiffin?What a question! I presume the alternative is that I have to use the Oil Baron as QB1 if I trade away Rudolph and I don’t get Bama’s QB so I would say I’ll keep what I have. That’s tough because [pick any five Alabama starting offensive linemen from the last five years] are better than the best OL we have ever had, but I still think Rudolph is elite (I won’t be swayed by one game!)I do wish we got more of this out of Mike Yurcich though.Happy @Lane_Kiffin is Happy with that fist pump though pic.twitter.com/rZKwqJPI0b— 2nd & 26??? (@IIDarkIIShikari) May 20, 2016 Zach Finger: I just had my first child last week. Any tips on watching games with a newborn around? (Yes the CMU fiasco was her first game). First of all, congratulations. That’s awesome. The baby, not her having to witness the CMU fiasco. Second, here are my tips.If it is a west coast game and starts between 9-10:30 p.m., you should be good for a quarter or twoIf it is not, go to a bar (make sure there is someone still at home to watch the child)I have nothing beyond those two suggestionsKevin Davis: How hot should the seat be for Spencer and Yurcich?Coming off a 10-3 season? Probably not that hot. If, by the end of this year, they go 7-6 for the second time in three years, could be hot.Nick in OKC: Which one of our coordinators is worse?This is interesting. OKC Dave asked me this at the beginning of the year (although he asked who was better), and I said Yurcich. Here’s the thing though. I think that we don’t really expect our defense to be very good so Spencer can get away with more as long as he’s tweetin’ great warrior poems and being an awesome life coach for guys like Ryan Simmons.The offense for Oklahoma State has always been the biggest variable in the athletic department. When it’s awesome, we rock. When it’s average, we don’t rock. I sort of disagree with this line of thinking because OSU should have won a Big 12 title in 2013 when its offense was just all right (its defense was unreal that year).You can do better on defense than OSU has done in the last two years and two games, but all anybody wants to talk about is the running game (justifiably so in a lot of cases). So to answer the question in the most roundabout way possible, I think Spencer is probably the better coach, but I’m only basing that on their public personalities. I think they are probably about the same level of good (or bad) when it comes to coaching, Spencer is just easier to get behind.last_img read more

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. Here at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. We’re going to try and do an informal roundtable every Wednesday about whatever is going on this week and post it here.It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Porter (publisher): Where does OSU’s season go from here?Caleb (intern): This.Just kidding. I think it solidifies the team and *hopefully* causes them to realize how tough his season will be. I see them bouncing back well against Pitt and things settling down before Big 12 play starts.Sam (head of hoops): Depends on how involved Robert Allen gets.Max (baseball): I don’t anticipate Mason having two bad games in a row. Hopefully we’ll rebound this week, but I don’t see us taking down Baylor on the road at this point.Caleb: Is there a way we could get another round of OKC Dave’s survey about our chances to win each game? Or a Twitter poll for 7, 8, 9, or 10 wins? I think the fanbase is having a bigger reaction than the team itself.Carson (podcasts): It’s easy to forget amid the chaos that was Hail Chippy OSU led the game 14-0. The defense was solid except on third downs. Offense ran the ball well when they tried. Mason had a howler. All of which seems correctable vs. Pitt. #FreeJusticePorter: I agree. I still think we are going 9-3. I realize that sounds completely insane, but CMU might be good. This weekend is really big. For this season and the program as a whole. We are overvaluing last week’s outcome and undervaluing this week’s. #freejustice is awesome by the way.Boone (head of recruiting): If OSU had won on Saturday, it would have been all about the “cardiac cowboys” surviving a threat against a veteran MAC team. It doesn’t change expectations for me. I think the team responds by coming out with more purpose and intensity this week and will help build momentum and confidence as they prepare for conference play.Porter: Let’s say it goes poorly. Yurcich or Spencer more on the hot seat?Thomas (Xs and Os): Ideally YurcichCarson: How warm does the equipment trunk get with a Mulleted man sitting atop it with a clipboard?Boone: Because it’s OSU and they have unrealistic expectations on offense: Yurcich. But the guy who plays it ultra-conservative and makes the final call on the game plan on both sides of the ball is the one who should…Caleb: I think public opinion would say Yurcich. Gundy and Spencer are both so loved by the people it would take a lot for them to feel the heat. Yurcich never quite locked in like the others and seems to have had trouble winning over fans (See: Ford, Travis)Sam: Definitely Yurcich, it was egregious how quickly he abandoned the run last week. Also #FreeJusticeThomas: I feel that Gundy does have a hold on the offense but if he were to hire a true spread OC the offense would still improve play-calling wise.Caleb: All i can think of with that #FreeJustice hashtag is Arrested Development.blind_justicePorter: Haha, that’s awesome. I just can’t bring myself to believe that either coach is truly going to be on the hot seat this year barring OSU going like 2-10 (which isn’t happening). The silver lining in all of this is that if it does go south, it will go south because Rudolph plays more games like he did on Saturday which means at least we get another year of him.Sam: Yeah what was up with all the overthrows?Porter: I was more concerned with the deep underthrows. He looked, ahem, Walsh-y on some of those deep sideline balls.Sam: More ammo for Todd McShayBoone: At least he got his Texas game out of the way early this year.Carson: “One does not simply make sideline throws…”Porter: Last question: Would you rather have Walsh back on the team the rest of the year or Ateman back?Boone: This.Carson: Considering how bad third down & red zone offense looked? Give me the Brigadier General.screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-3-33-22-pmSam: General Walsh please.screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-3-33-30-pmlast_img read more

first_imgMason Rudolph has finally settled into the season and is tossing dimes all over the field against Pitt. Six of those went to James Washington in the first half for 228 yards and two TDs. Rudolph was 20/30 for 372 yards and those two TDs. Both yardages are single-half records in Oklahoma State history. Here’s a look at the all-time game records for OSU.OSU Single-Game Receiving YardsAdarius Bowman: 300 yards vs. Kansas (2006)Dez Bryant: 236 yards vs. UH (2008)Rashaun Woods: 232 yards vs. SMU (2003)James Washington: 228 yards vs. Pitt (2016)Mason Rudolph Passing Yards in a Game (Career)Kansas State (2015): 437Baylor (2015): 430Central Arkansas (2015): 401Pitt (2016): 372The school record is 502 yards by Brandon Weeden against Kansas State in 2011. The NCAA record is 734 by Connor Halliday for Washington State in 2014. The NCAA receiving record is 405 by Troy Edwards for Louisiana Tech in 1998.They have both been unbelievable through 30 minutes in Stillwater. OSU leads 31-24. 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

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. Emmanuel Ogbah is hitting his stride midway through his rookie season for the Cleveland Browns. After the first few games of the season without recording a sack, Ogbah has turned it on over the last three weeks. He has recorded a sack in three straight weeks, including his first career multi-sack game last week.Here’s the 1/2 sack he was credited from Saturdays game against the New York Jets:Ogbah started Sundays game at outside linebacker and had six tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit in 58 snaps on defense.Despite Ogbah’s progression as an individual, however, the Browns are still the lone winless team in the NFL after falling to 0-8 Sunday in a close contest to the Jets. They face the 6-1 Dallas Cowboys next week as the Boys travel to Cleveland.last_img read more

first_imgOne of the top recruits in OSU’s 2017 recruiting class outside of the skill positions is offensive tackle recruit Derek Kerstetter, who has earned a chance to compete with the top prospects in the country by playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He accepted his jersey earlier this week:Please salute OL, OK State commit @derekk40 ! Welcome to the #ArmyBowl ? #OKState #GoPokes @GoArmy @ArmyAllAmerican @adidasFballUS @amfam pic.twitter.com/FlpuaOBoTY— Selection Tour (@SelectionTour) November 2, 2016Kerstetter is a monster 6-foot-5, 280-pound prospect from San Antonio who has been committed to the Pokes since June of this year.“I’ve worked a long time for this,” he told 247sports on Wednesday. “It’s a sweet honor and I’m pumped about it.”The Army All-American Bowl will be aired on NBC Jan. 7 in a national broadcast that features just 100 of some of the top recruits from across the country.Kerstetteter is the second offensive lineman commitment to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American bowl, joining former OSU pledge Tramonda Moore who played in the game a year ago. 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

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. Going into the Kansas State game on Saturday in Manhattan, two things had to happen for Oklahoma State to regain the passenger’s seat in the Big 12 title race.OSU had to win.Baylor had to lose.Check, check and now Oklahoma State and Oklahoma are on a crash course for a de facto Big 12 championship in Norman on December 3. At 6-0, OU’s destiny is obvious — win out and they win the Big 12. They play Baylor at home, at WVU and finish with the Cowboys in Norman.“Our first goal was to win a national championship, but we kind of fell short of that on the front end,” receiver Dede Westbrook told ESPN last week. “So, our next goal was to win a Big 12 championship. We’re pretty much on the right pace to achieve that.” It would be the Sooners’ 10th Big 12 title overall and ninth outright.But now with West Virginia as the only other one-loss team besides OSU, the Cowboys can do the same.Even if West Virginia beats OU and finishes 8-1, Oklahoma State can still topple theMountaineers by also beating OU and also finishing 8-1. In that scenario OSU and WVU would both have one loss and OSU would have beaten WVU. Big 12 champs. If OSU wins out it would have the head-to-head advantage over OU as well no matter what else OU does.Only two teams control their own destiny for the Big 12 title. Both reside in Oklahoma. pic.twitter.com/UleHmkivwy— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 6, 2016There is actually also a scenario in which WVU could still win the conference. Let’s say the Fightin’ Holgys win out and finish 8-1 (they play at UT and ISU and home for Baylor and OU). They would have beaten OU.Then let’s say OU beats Baylor and OSU, WVU would be the champs at 8-1 even with OU also at 8-1 because of their head-to-head matchup. But WVU can’t control what OSU does because it already lost in Stillwater. OSU has the head-to-head advantage there.OU can afford a loss and still win the conference as long as that loss is to the right team (Baylor or whichever team loses another game between OSU and WVU). The margins are getting thin though.It’s almost impossible for OSU or WVU to lose again and still be the champs.But we’re getting wayyyyyyy ahead of ourselves here. First, Oklahoma State has to take care of one of the best offenses in the nation at home on Saturday as a 12-point favorite. Then it has to go to TCU in a game in which I would be surprised if it was more than a three-point favorite (if a favorite at all).“The rest of the way these games are going to be this way because everybody in this league is so even,” Gundy told Go Pokes after barely sneaking by KSU on Saturday. “I do love watching these guys play. They never get down and never show defeat, they just keep playing. It is nerve wracking and can drive you crazy, but it is fun to watch these guys every Saturday.”It sure is. And now the Big 12 race is back in the hands of Mike Gundy and Co. They control it. They can shape it. They can bend it towards themselves and salvage (more than salvage) what felt like a lost year after the Baylor game at the end of September.Also something to keep in mind: Every Big 12 champ since the league went to 10 teams has finished 8-1. That is the goal. That will win it again this year.screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-9-05-55-amThere is much work to be done, but once again just 120 minutes stand between Oklahoma State playing Oklahoma for the Big 12 title in the final game of the season for the fourth (!) time in six years.Not bad for a head coach with a mullet and two coordinators who should be fired every weekend.last_img read more

first_imgWe already looked at the immense Texas Tech offense, but now we need to take a look at that beleaguered Red Raider defense as well. *Whispers* it actually made some plays against TCU and Texas. Let’s take a look.DefenseWhile this side of the ball hasn’t been very pretty this year (last in the conference in total, passing, rushing and scoring defense), there’s room for optimism as young players are maturing.Coach Gundy always talks about how players develop in a season and get a grid for what to expect in conference play, you’re starting to see some players emerge in this unit.Former University of Houston defensive coordinator David Gibbs is in year two of his rebuild of the unit, and the 4-2-5 has done a good job of getting some key stops lately. As Oklahoma State fans know, playing an up-tempo style of football can sometimes put defenses in difficult positions so let’s investigate some personnel.Defensive LineOn the interior are a pair of four star high school All-Americans in big Michigan transfer Ondre Pipkins at nose tackle and touted sophomore Breiden Fehoko at tackle that form a strong point for the line. Kolton Hill, a Notre Dame transfer, is the lone threat at the end position, admittedly a serious weak point in the defense.The other rush end is senior Kris Williams who leads the team with five sacks. Gary Moore is second on the team with four tackles for loss but Coach Kingsbury wouldn’t confirm this week if Moore was still a part of the time as he’s sat out the past few weeks with apparent discipline issues.LinebackersLed by true freshman linebacker Jordyn Brooks, this is likely the strongest part of the defensive side of the ball. Brooks is solid in run support and senior Malik Jenkins is a bit lighter and does a good job of covering from sideline-to-sideline from the strong side spot.The position takes a hit each week that the physical D’Vonta Hinton is out with an ankle injury, something Kingsbury mentioned could be the case for this week’s game (day to day). Hinton comes from a talented bloodline, as he’s first cousins to the Foreman brothers (Texas running back D’Onta and receiver Armanti).My son’s and my nephew D’Vonta Hinton.Texas vs Texas Tech. So proud of these young men living out there collegiate dreams.#ReppinTC ?’s UP ? pic.twitter.com/vzPdYi9eff— Derrick Foreman (@DayDay409) November 4, 2016Defensive BacksThere are a few solid players on the back end here and they’re going to have their hands full with the Cowboy receiver core (James Washington averages 34.7 yards per catch against Tech!).Inspiration is provided by budding freshman Douglas Coleman who has forced turnovers in consecutive games and senior captain Justis Nelson leads the unit, the veteran cover corner who’s considered the best defender on the field.Nelson leads the team with 11 pass breakups, look for him to have first dibs covering The President. Sophomore Jah’shawn Johnson turned down an offer from the good guys to play safety at Tech and he does a solid job in run support but is in a bit of a sophomore slump after a solid freshman year.Juco corner Paul Banks brings depth and experience to the position in his last year of eligibility out of Navarro Junior College.In conclusion, objectively the unit has struggled (3.33 points per drive good for 126th in the FBS), but in the Big 12 it’s all about forcing turnovers and getting key stops when you have to.Tech forced a turnover in each half against Texas last week and shut down the 18-Wheeler on a 4th and 1 in the fourth quarter to give their offense a chance to tie up the game.A unit loaded with sophomores and freshman will struggle at times but is quite capable of playing well, just ask TCU who was held 13 points below their average in an overtime loss to Tech in Fort Worth a couple of weeks ago. 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

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. On the last play of the third quarter with the Cowboys up just three, Mike and Mike rolled the dice going deep and Mason Rudolph delivered.Mason Rudolph found his connection with his go-to target James Washington right down the seam to go 82-yards for the score. Check out the full video below:last_img read more