Oklahoma State Alamo Bowl Post-Game Notes vs. Arizona

Oklahoma State Post-Game Notes vs. Arizona

Valero Alamo Bowl – Alamodome

San Antonio, Texas – Dec. 29, 2010

Oklahoma State 36, Arizona 10 

:: With the victory, Oklahoma State records the first 11-win season in program history. The Cowboys finished with 10 wins four previous times (1984, 1987, 1988, 2010).

:: OSU head coach Mike Gundy completes his sixth season at the helm and is now 47-29 in his career.

:: OSU improves to 13-8 all time in bowl games, which includes a 3-2 mark under Gundy.

:: Tonight’s game marked OSU’s third appearance in the Alamo Bowl and first-ever win. The Cowboys lost to Purdue in 1997 and Ohio State in 2004.

:: Serving as OSU captains for tonight’s game were linebacker Orie Lemon, cornerback Andrew McGee, quarterback Brandon Weeden, running back Kendall Hunter and placekicker Dan Bailey.

:: OSU junior wide receiver Justin Blackmon was named the game’s offensive MVP, while Cowboy junior safety Markelle Martin earned defensive MVP honors.

:: OSU’s offense finishes the 2010 campaign with numerous single-season school records, including:

Points – 575

Total offense – 6,763

Pass attempts – 532

Touchdown passes – 36

Passing yards – 4,496

Completions – 357

:: For the 11th time this season, the Cowboys held their opponent without a score on its opening drive.

:: OSU held Arizona to just 10 points, tying the Wildcats’ lowest total of the season and nearly 20 points below their season average. The Wildcats also had 10 points in a win over Cal on Sept. 25.

:: Blackmon set an NCAA record by recording his 12th-straight game of 100 receiving yards with at least one touchdown. Blackmon, who finished with nine catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns, had shared the record of 11 consecutive games with Aaron Turner of Pacific, who achieved the feat in 1991.

:: Blackmon added another NCAA record as he finished the season with 1,782 receiving yards, the most ever by a sophomore. The old mark of 1,672 was set by Pittsburgh’s Larry Fitzgerald in 2003.

:: Blackmon set three OSU single-season records: receptions (111), receiving yards (1,782), and touchdown catches (20). Rashaun Woods (107 catches, 1,695 yards in 2002) and Dez Bryant (19 touchdown receptions in 2008) previously held the records in those categories.

:: Blackmon’s 1,782 receiving yards ranks as the sixth-best single-season total in NCAA history, and his 20 touchdown catches ties for the seventh-most in a season

:: Blackmon’s 71-yard touchdown reception in the opening quarter was his fourth TD catch of 67 yards or longer this season.

:: Junior quarterback Brandon Weeden finishes his record-setting campaign with 4,277 passing yards and 34 touchdown passes, and he is the first Cowboy to surpass 4,000 yards of total offense in single season.

:: Weeden recorded 41 passing attempts, his seventh game of 40 or more attempts this season and fifth in a row.

:: Senior running back Kendall Hunter rushed for 32 yards, bringing his season total to 1,548, the eight-best single-season total in school history.

:: Hunter finishes his career with 4,181 rushing yards, the fourth-highest total in OSU history and also the fifth-most in Big 12 Conference history.

:: OSU entered the game fourth nationally with 30 takeaways (16 INT, 14 fumble rec.). The Cowboys recorded four takeaways (3 INT, 1 fumble rec.) against Arizona.

:: Senior kicker Dan Bailey finishes his career with a school-record 370 points.

:: Freshman Justin Gilbert racked up 672 kickoff return yards this season, the second-highest single-season total in school history.

:: Redshirt freshman Jeremy Smith recorded his seventh rushing touchdown of the season in the opening quarter. He has recorded a rushing touchdown in four-straight games and six of the last eight contests.

:: Junior Markelle Martin’s second-quarter interception was his third pick of the season, and the 62-yard return resulted in the Cowboys’ ninth non-offensive touchdown of the year. Three of those nine non-offensive scores have been interceptions returned for TDs, and the 61 yards marked the longest INT return for a score (previous long was Shaun Lewis 52 yards vs. OU).

Updated 01-03-2011

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