A good omen for the future? On the heels of its convincing 49-17 runaway over Baylor last Saturday, Oklahoma State has been named the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week.
The Cowboys win over high-powered Baylor increased their season record to 10-1, 7-1 in the Big 12, and moved into a commanding position to capture its second conference championship in the past three years. They were the Big 12 champs in 2011, going 12-1 on the year, including a 41-38 victory over Stanford in the BCS Fiesta Bowl.
The Cowboys are now just one win away from returning to the 2011 site of their last BCS bowl victory: the Fiesta Bowl.
Oklahoma State senior quarterback Clint Chelf sliced and diced the Baylor defense for a career-high 370 yards through the air, including four touchdown passes. Chelf also caught a pass for himself, a 48-yard throw-back toss from wide receiver Justin Gilbert. The Cowboys’ quarterback accounted for almost 440 of his team’s 594 yards of total offense for the game.
Most impressive in OSU’s huge win over Baylor was the way the Cowboys’ defense held the big-scoring offensive attack of the Bears to well under their 61-points-a- game average and under 100 yards rushing.
Oklahoma State is 9-3 in its last 12 games against ranked opponents. And with the win over Baylor, the Cowboys have won 10 or more games iun three of the past four seasons.
“I can’t say enough about our team,” OSU head coach Mike Gundy said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I’m very proud of what out team accomplished (vs. Baylor).”
The work immediately ahead, to which Gundy was referring, is a home date on Dec. 7 against in-state rival Oklahoma. They don’t call that rivalry series “Bedlam” for nothing.