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Scouting Oklahoma State Pt. 1: Cowboys’ Week One notes and stats

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Heading into Arizona State’s matchup with Oklahoma State tomorrow night at Mountain America Stadium, let’s re-visit OSU’s 27-13 Week One victory over Central Arkansas.

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After going 7-6 (4-5 Big 12) last season, the Cowboys won by two touchdowns against their Week One FCS opponent.

See Oklahoma State’s Week Two game notes here:

Week One Stats

Player Stats

OK State Week One player stats

Team Comparison Stats

OK State Week One Team Stats

Notes and Takeaways

*This game had a similar feel to the Arizona State Week One game, but the Cowboys’ never got serious offensive momentum like ASU did in the first half.

*The Cowboys played three quarterbacks and could do the same in Week Two, as all are listed as “or” on the depth chart. 

*The Cowboys run a 3-3-5 defense. 

*Oklahoma State’s offensive line has some glaring weaknesses, especially at left tackle.

*OSU did not get its run game going until the fourth quarter, when the Cowboys had 14 carries for 97 yards. Much like at the QB position, the Cowboys rotate three running backs.

*The Cowboys defense looked solid. They were led by redshirt senior DE Nathan Letu who tied for first on the team with six tackles and had a team-leading 1.5 sacks. Another defensive end, Donovan Stevens had a team-leading two tackles-for-loss.

*The Cowboys are loaded at the wide receiver position with Brenndan Presley (OSU’s leading receiver last season), De’Zhaun Stribling (Washington State transfer) and Jaden Bray.

*Cornerback Korie Black blocked both of Central Arkansas’ field goal attempts.

*This is a completely re-tooled roster just like ASU, so don’t expect the same OSU team that ASU faced last year. Although, they still have Mike Gundy as head coach.

The Sun Devils and Cowboys kick off their Week Two matchup at 7:30 p.m. MST at Mountain America Stadium. The game will be televised on FS1.

Stay tuned for the strengths and weaknesses from this Cowboys’ team and the key players to watch. 

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Brendan Mau is a Phoenix Suns insider and college sports reporter for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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