December 2, 2013

Bedlam notes & quotes

It's championship week across the country and the Oklahoma State Cowboys have a simple task: win Bedlam and be Big 12 champions. It's going to take a whole week of preparation but Gundy and his staff has the team focused on the opportunity at hand. Here is a look at what the numbers and the players are saying.

• The Cowboys are trying to win their eighth conference win of the year, matching the school record set in 2011

• The Cowboys have forced at least one turnover in 19 straight games.

• A win would make this year's senior class the winningest in school history with 42 wins over the last four years.

• OSU is looking for its second Big 12 title in three years, as well as back-to-back home wins versus OU.

• OSU has either won or tied the turnover battle in 19 of its last 22 games.

• The Cowboys are looking to win 11 games in a single season for the third time in four years.

• Linebacker Shaun Lewis has started 43 straight games. Linebacker Caleb Lavey and safety Daytawion Lowe have each started 37 straight games, respectively.

• Oklahoma State has scored 20 or more points in 50 consecutive games dating back to the start of the 2010 season, the longest active streak in the country.

• Oklahoma holds an 82-18-7 all-time advantage over Oklahoma State. The Sooners are 38-7-5 all-time in Stillwater.

• Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is the older brother of Oklahoma running backs coach Cale Gundy.

"It's the same as it has been for a long time. The difference in this game and other rivalries across the country is that we don't have professional football in this state so it's different on that aspect. Other than that, every game we play now is a big game if we want to get to the next one."
-Coach Mike Gundy on how the Bedlam rivalry

"I know it's a very intense rivalry. Any time you have a rivalry of this magnitude, it's important to everyone in the program, the community and the state, so we understand the importance."
-Offensive Coordinator Mike Yurcich on coaching his first Bedlam game

"When you get in a rhythm, things are going good and the schedule changes, coaches don't like that. Obviously, we have guys who are banged up who will benefit from the rest they have gotten. There's an argument for it being good and bad. It is what it is. Game plan-wise, you feel like you're ahead on a bye week, but Oklahoma is, too. We have the same number of days."
-Defensive Coordinator Glenn Spencer on his approach to the open week.

"That just makes it even more special because you know they're going to be coming in here trying to take something away from you, so...

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