By Chris Day
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Oklahoma State booster T. Boone Pickens predicted the Cowboys would win eight games this year before his alma mater destroyed Washington State 65-17 Saturday night in the stadium that bears his name.
Pickens praised OSU head coach Mike Gundy, saying the coach has turned out a quality program.
He admitted he was disappointed with the final two games last season -- losses to the University of Oklahoma, and then Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl.
“It didn’t turn out like we wanted it to, but no question that Gundy has done a good job. Be sure to write down that I said that,” Pickens said. “Our program today is stronger than it’s ever been.”
Pickens added that he’s ready to win especially against Texas and Oklahoma.
“I’m kind of choking on the record with the two big boys in the South. We’re 0-10 against them (under Gundy), and I want to come up with some wins in there some place.
It was a night of first for many Oklahoma State University players. Here’s a list of some.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden: Most completions in a game, 22. Most attempts in a game, 30. Most passing yardage in a game, 218. Most touchdowns thrown in a game, 3. Longest pass completion, 42 yards.
Running back Kendall Hunter: Most yards in a game: 257. Most touchdowns in a game, 4.
Hunter also rushed for more than 200 yards in the first half. The first time a Cowboy has done that since Barry Sanders in 1988.
Receiver Justin Blackmon: Most receptions in a game, 8. Most reception yardage in a game, 125. Most touchdown receptions in a game, 3. First recovery of a blocked punt for a touchdown.
Defensive end Richetti Jones: Most tackles in a game 5. Most sacks in a game, 2. Most tackles for losses, 3.
Paid attendance at Saturday night’s game was 48,962.
Washington State head coach Paul Wulff and OSU head coach Mike Gundy have something in common. They are just two of 17 Football Bowl Subdivision coaches serving at their alma maters. They also are 43.
Oklahoma State’s kicker Dan Bailey is ninth on Oklahoma State’s scoring list. He has 232 career points.
Compiled by Chris Day