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Eight Things to Know About Oklahoma State’s Game With Kansas State

And one I wish I didn’t …



Oklahoma State and Kansas State have played some zany games in recent years, and I expect much more of the same on Saturday evening in Boone Pickens Stadium. As I rolled through this week’s game notes, several things — not all related to Kansas State — stood out to me. Here are eight I thought would be fun to share.

1. Halftime is Telling: I’ve probably popped this on here before, but Gundy’s record when leading or trailing at halftime is remarkable. Here’s a look.

When leading: 96-8
When trailing: 23-48

This year OSU is 1-1 when trailing (? Tulsa) and 2-0 when leading.

2. Freshman Phenom: Spencer Sanders and Jalen Hurts are the only two players in the country who rank in the top 50 in rushing yards and passing yards. Only one other QB has more total rushing yards than Sanders (328), and it’s Hurts. Sanders also leads all freshmen in total offense per game (currently 304.5 yards).

3. YACs: Chuba Hubbard leads the country in yards after contact. This shouldn’t be super surprising given that he’s carried it more times (103) than anyone else through four weeks.

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4. OSU and … KU: They’re currently tied for last in the Big 12. Hopefully that’s the last time I ever type that sentence.

5. Time Differential: Kansas State is No. 3 in the nation in time of possession at 36:58 a game while OSU is 95th at 28:24 a game. It seems as if there’s a scenario here in which OSU has the ball for 15 minutes on Saturday and wins by two TDs.

6. Fiddy plus? OSU has scored 50+ in a game 51 times in the Mike Gundy era. Ten of those have come against State teams (Iowa, Missouri, Savannah, Oregon, etc.) but only one (the 2011 game) came against Kansas State.

7. 72-0: Mike Gundy has 72 career Big 12 wins. Kansas State coach Chris Klieman has … 0. Has to be the biggest differential since Bob Stoops faced Matt Campbell in 2016. Also of note: OSU is 5-1 in its last six home games against KSU with the only loss coming in 2017 when Byron Pringle had 12 percent of his career receiving yards and 11 percent of his career kick return yards (real numbers).

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8. Chuba still pacing: Even last week’s tough YPC outing against Texas didn’t knock Chuba off this All-American comp list. He’s still in the thick of it with Ernest Anderson, Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas and Terry Miller from a statistical standpoint, though he’ll need some monsters post-Texas to remain there.

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