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OSU Was Perfect in the Red Zone against Baylor

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One of the priorities for Mike Gundy and his staff during the Cowboys’ bye week was to address what had been some pretty uninspiring play in the red zone. For a team with one of the best offenses in the nation, OSU was having a hard time making the most of its trips deep into enemy territory. That was not the case against the reeling Bears of Baylor on Saturday.

Oklahoma State scored touchdowns on all four of its red-zone attempts, achieving a near-perfect 7.0 PPR (points per red-zone attempt). And they did by going to ground on three of those scores.

Let’s take a look at the Big 12 PPR numbers after Week 7.

Offensive PPR
Offense RZ ATT. RZ PCT. RZ TDs RZ FGs PPR
West Virginia 26/29 89.70% 23 3 5.86
Iowa State 24/25 96.00% 18 6 5.76
Oklahoma 25/27 92.60% 20 5 5.74
TCU 24/27 88.90% 19 5 5.48
Kansas 19/20 95.00% 13 6 5.45
Oklahoma State 28/33 84.90% 21 7 5.09
Kansas State 21/25 84.00% 14 7 4.76
Texas Tech 24/33 72.70% 20 4 4.61
Texas 20/27 74.10% 16 4 4.59
Baylor 14/17 82.40% 7 7 4.12

Oklahoma was held to a field goal on three of its four trips into the red zone by Texas which is one of the reason’s the Longhorns were able to keep this game so close. Heading into the Red-River Shootout, Oklahoma was ranked first in the league in offensive PPR.

Defensive PPR
Defense RZ ATT. RZ PCT. RZ TDs RZ FGs PPR
TCU 10/16 62.50% 5 5 3.13
Kansas State 16/21 76.20% 10 6 4.19
Texas 15/19 79.00% 9 6 4.26
Oklahoma State 19/23 82.60% 11 8 4.39
West Virginia 17/22 77.30% 12 5 4.50
Baylor 21/23 91.30% 12 9 4.83
Oklahoma 19/20 95.00% 10 9 4.85
Texas Tech 22/26 84.60% 18 4 5.31
Kansas 27/31 87.10% 24 3 5.71
Iowa State 16/17 94.10% 13 3 5.88

The Cowboys got a boost in their overall numbers by holding the Bears to field goals on two of their three red-zone trips. TCU is the class of the league and further strengthened their case by holding Kansas State scoreless during its two trips inside the 20 in Manhattan.

Oklahoma State’s offense will face a stiffer test when it travels to Austin to face a team that controlled Baker and Co. inside the red zone and has allowed multiple red-zone TDs just once (Kansas State) since its season-opening loss to Maryland.

 

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