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Fiesta Bowl Recap: 10 Numbers to Know from OSU’s Win over Notre Dame

Some significant stats to come out of OSU’s 12th win.

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Oklahoma State’s 21-point comeback was the largest in program history and broke a record that was over four decades old. Now that’s a significant number. Here are 10 more that came of the Cowboys’ 37-35 win over Notre Dame.

496: Spencer Sanders’ nearly 500 yards of total offense was a career high. His 371 yards and four scores through the air were both season-highs, and his 125 rushing yards was also a career-high. Sanders briefly set a Fiesta Bowl record in total offense, which was eclipsed by Notre Dame QB Jack Coan’s total of 505. It was Sanders’ 24th career start. He trails only Mason Rudolph (32) and Mike Gundy (28).

1,046: Tay Martin’s 104 receiving yards on the day marked his fifth 100-plus yard game of the season and pushed his season total to 1,046. He’s the 10th OSU receiver to reach 1,000 yards in a season.

406: Malcolm Rodriguez’s 11 tackles pushed his career total to 406, making him the fourth OSU defender to reach the 400 mark in a career. After coming in second on the team in tackles as a sophomore in 2018, Rodriguez has led the team in takedowns the last three seasons. Also, did you know that he was a state championship wrestler?!

42: Notre Dame entered the game averaging 152.2 rushing yards per game. Oklahoma State held the Fighting Irish to 42 yards on the ground. OSU came in ranked sixth nationally, allowing only 91.2 rushing yards per game.

36: This was Mike Gundy’s 36th career win against an AP Top 25 team. Only Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney have more at their current schools.

11-5: Gundy is now 11-5 in bowl games in his career and has won five of his last six. OSU is now 20-11 all-time. Its .645 bowl win percentage ranks seventh among FBS programs, as of writing.

3X10: This was the third consecutive game in which OSU played an AP Top 10 team. The Cowboys beat No. 10 Oklahoma and lost to No. 9 Baylor in the Big 12 Championship before defeating No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday. The only other time OSU has played such a streak in one season was in 1976. OSU went also went 2-1 in that stretch beating No. 5 Oklahoma, No. 10 Missouri and then fell to No. 9 Nebraska.

5: OSU’s win over Notre Dame gave the Cowboys five wins over an AP Top 25 opponents on the year. That ties the previous OSU record set by the 2011 team. It was also OSU’s fifth win all-time when both teams are ranked in the AP Top 10.

12: At 12-2, the Cowboys tied a program record in total wins with the 2011 squad, which also won its Top 10 Fiesta Bowl matchup. OSU’s .857 win percentage is fourth all-time in program history behind: 1945 (1.000), 2011 (.923) and 1944 (.889).

4: Oklahoma State is one of only four FBS teams to post a winning record every season from 2006-21. The others are Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Boise State (Alabama dipped just below .500 in 2006 after its Independence Bowl loss to OSU).

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