Connect with us

Football

Oklahoma State Finishes Year On Defensive High, Still Has Work To Do

Published

on

We looked last week at where Oklahoma State ended up when it comes to offensive points per drive. Mike Yurcich’s (last?) OSU offense finished No. 17 in the country with 2.89 points per drive scored. The defense did not fare as well, but it did still finish fourth out of all Big 12 teams.

Glenn Spencer’s boys rose to No. 54 in the country, just behind TCU and Kansas State. West Virginia led the Big 12 and finished No. 34 in the country with 1.82 points per drive allowed (which is a crazy good mark for Big 12 teams). Here are the squads around Oklahoma State.

Team PPD Rank
TCU 1.97 45
Tulane 1.99 46
Vanderbilt 2.01 47
Texas A&M 2.02 48
Tennessee 2.03 49
Western Kentucky 2.04 52
Kansas State 2.04 51
Louisiana Lafayette 2.04 50
Toledo 2.05 53
Oklahoma State 2.09 54
Notre Dame 2.09 55
Old Dominion 2.13 56
Army 2.13 57

This was not a great defense, mind you, but it was certainly better than what OSU has experienced in the last two years, although not all that close to where it was at in the early 2010s. It all came to a head in the Alamo Bowl against Colorado where the Pokes allowed a single touchdown.

“They’re being humble on defense,” said head coach Mike Gundy after the game. “Basically what we asked them to do a month ago was to come out and be physical and stay on the attack, pressure the quarterback and hit hard. That’s what we asked them to do, that’s what they did.”

Here is a look at all of its defenses going back to 2007.

That 2013 defense, have mercy. How did OSU not win the Big 12 that year?! Also, that 2007 defense — Texas Tech thinks that’s a poor showing. If OSU can figure out how to get that number under two in 2017, it will have a legit chance at running the table into the CFB Playoff. And we all know what we saw in the postseason this time around.

Most Read