Oklahoma State's football program has often taken a back seat at the University to other sports such as basketball, golf and wrestling. Formerly Oklahoma A&M, OSU has been playing football for over a hundred years, but it was the 80's that finally brought some recognition. With Pat Jones coaching such stars as Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders, OSU became known as "Tailback U." And in recent years, a young quarterback from those days, Mike Gundy, has taken the Cowboys to national prominence, winning the Big 12 for the first time in 2011.
Boone Pickens Stadium on the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater is over 80 years old but has been extensively renovated. Its current capacity is just over 60,000, and the stadium features club seats and concessions.
Season tickets are available that discount the per game price by nearly 20%. Single game tickets are not available for a premium match-up each season. Purchase tickets online
or by calling (877) All-4-OSU.
Primary Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Mike Gundy - since 2005
Former 4 year starter at QB for OSU
Offensive Coordinator: Mike Yurcich - since 2013
Defensive Coordinator: Glenn Spencer - since 2013
With Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon gone to the NFL, many expected 2012 to be a rebuilding year of sorts for Oklahoma State. And it was to a certain extent. True freshman Wes Lunt was tabbed as the starter and played well, but injuries forced the Cowboys to use Chelf and Walsh as well. Regardless of who was at QB, the team didn't seem to lose a beat. There were tough losses to Arizona, Texas and Kansas State but also big wins against TCU and West Virginia. Though OSU finished the regular season with back to back losses, including an OT heartbreaker at Oklahoma, it all ended with a blowout victory over Purdue in the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
* = Home Game
8/31 Mississippi State (in Houston)
9/28 West Virginia
10/5 *Kansas State
10/26 Iowa State
11/2 Texas Tech
12/7 *Oklahoma: the Bedlam Series
Wes Lunt looked like the future, but injuries forced Oklahoma State to use all three quarterbacks. By the end of the season, it was Clint Chelf, a former 3rd teamer, as the starter, and his apparent lock on the position caused Lunt to transfer. The Cowboys also lost leading rusher Joseph Randle to the NFL. Still, there are few doubts in Stillwater that the offense will again be explosive. The defense is experienced, and despite being new to the Coordinator position, Glenn Spencer has been with the team for six seasons.
As for the schedule, it shapes up very nicely for OSU. There's a tough opener against SEC foe Mississippi State, but it's a game in which the Cowboys will be favored. With the exception of a trip to Austin, Oklahoma State gets all the games against legitimate Big 12 contenders in the friendly confines of Boone Pickens Stadium, including the season finale against the Sooners.
The Cowboys are one of the few teams in the conference returning a starter at quarterback, and many have OSU pegged as the Big 12 favorite.