2017 Offense Keeps Pace with 2011 Through Two Weeks

Written by Kyle Porter

One of the fun things about Oklahoma State having a great team this year is that you get to compare it to other great teams it has had. There are no right answers here, of course — Mike Gundy used the Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers comparison — but it’s still fun as hell to discuss.

With that, here are *probably* the two best offenses in school history against one another through the first two games of their respective seasons.

Thru Game 2 2011 2017
Yards 1,260 1,145
Yards per play 7.4 8.1
Rush yards 405 495
Yards per carry 5.4 6.7
Pass yards 855 650
Yards per attempt 8.9 9.7
Points 98 103
Points per game 49 51.5
Points per drive 3.38 3.87
First downs 56 54
Leading passer Weeden — 393 YPG Rudolph — 319 YPG
Leading rusher Randle — 125 YPG Hill/King — 80 YPG
Leading receiver Blackmon — 136 YPG Washington — 122 YPG

As you can see, the 2017 team has been a tad more efficient both in a yards-per-play and points-per-drive perspective (Yurcich > Monken?) but it has also faced lesser competition. The 2011 team played Louisiana and Arizona in the first two games. Not elite, but better than Tulsa and South Alabama.

The part that is striking to me is how many yards per game Weeden slung it for. My gosh. He was putting up four hundy a night like it was nothing. And he didn’t have the riches at WR that Rudolph has (although he did have maybe the best WR to ever play college football).

The other number I’ve got my eye on as it relates to this 2017 team is whether it can sustain that yards per carry mark throughout the year. For all the fireworks, what that 2011 team did best was run the ball when it really needed to. I think (hope!) this 2017 team is of the same ilk, but as the competition stiffens, the numbers will be revealing.

  • Saucy Takes

    i would argue that the TU team we played this year is better than both the 2011 Cajuns and 4-8 wildcats. But South Alabama was awful this year

  • Colin A Bishe

    I just looked back at the 2011 Arizona team. they played Louisiana-Lafayette that year as well and won.

  • Mark

    Interesting to see. More balanced and efficient this year, amazingly.

  • Spencer Thomas McIntosh

    Rudy and El Presidente have not even played 6 full qtrs yet. So, they have only been playing 3/4 of a game.

    • Glen W. Walker

      How much of the first two games did Weeden and Blackmon play?

  • Alum in AZ

    Would be interesting to see the incredible 1988 offensive comparison as well. Obviously a different era and team construction, but undoubtedly another one of our program great offensive teams. Their 48.7 points per game average for the season fits nicely with the 2011 and 2017 teams thus far (Note that after 2 games the 1988 team had scored 104 points… more than both of these teams!).

    • Chris Putnam

      I agree. I would like to see the ’88 offensive stats as well. The yards per play, points per game etc would be interesting. Really the 1988 offense was the best in school history. 317 rushing and 200+ passing per game and 48 points per game.

  • OrangeTuono

    Great article Kyle. Puts things in perspective on those rare occasions when we “fail” and have to punt. LOL…

    Weeden did have Josh Cooper, Tracy Moore, Charlie Moore, Anyium and Andersen. Cooper was always open Tracy was a beast on the sideline and Charlie, Anyium and Andersen were one Corner stumble from taking the top off of a defense.

  • OrangeTuono

    Pitt will be a reasonable Proxy for the 2011 Arizona team. Will be interesting to see how this comparo looks after week 3.

  • OSU Student

    Not sure if it was sarcasm or not, but if you honestly believe JB may be the greatest receiver to ever play college football, you’re either highly entrenched in the almighty orange Kool-aid, or you’ve lost all credibility. Thats like someone trying to claim that Semaje Perine is the greatest to ever play running back because he had a few good seasons, while Barry sanders sits back in his den with a cigar, hysterically laughing his ass off.

  • MarkJ

    “Ilk” is not a word I’d use here