(Y5) Inside Boone Pickens Stadium

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    Detailed in this thread is the uphill battle of building the Oklahoma State Cowboy football program into a national powerhouse.​
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    Following a 51-0 victory in Stillwater, one thing is clear: Akron cannot play football. Oklahoma State really struggled finding an offensive identity with star senior quarterback Johnny Deaton out for the rest of the season with a torn rotator cuff. Redshirt Sophomore Rory Wheatley got his first start but struggled throwing the ball in the rain. Wheatley, known best for his running ability, was largely ineffective in this one, fumbling on both of his solid runs. The less versatile Redshirt Sophomore Travis Brown split time with Wheatley and was fairly effective throwing the football; however, he offers absolutely no threat with his feet. The sub-par wide receiving core really struggled holding onto the football, credited with five official drops, although there were definitely more. The offensive line is extremely shallow with just eight lineman on the roster. The lone bright spot offensively were the running backs. Perhaps the best tandem in the nation, seniors Joseph Randolph and Justin Gilbert carried the load for the Cowboys and will likely see expanded roles in the future.

    The most surprising aspect of this blowout was the defensive play. Thankfully, the Cowboy defense played at a championship level. Holding the Zips to just 63 yards of offense, Oklahoma State forced nine turnovers in a shutout victory. However, the Cowboys are known to have a perennially weak defense, and Akron is no offensive powerhouse.

    On the recruiting front, Oklahoma State has focused its efforts on building the offensive line. At least two newcomers will be asked to start in the trenches during their first season in Stillwater. Oklahoma State is also aiming high, looking to land one of the top offensive playmakers in the nation. The long process of building the defense is a priority as well, but much of the current Cowboy defense will be returning next season.
     
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    The Cowboys dropped their first game of the season, falling 28-13 to Tennessee in Knoxville. OK State jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the defense forced yet another turnover, and a kickoff return for a touchdown made it 10-7 early. As the game lead on, Tennessee's offensive firepower was just too much for the undertalented defense. The Cowboys did their best to hang in with the superior Volunteer roster, but the offense sputtered in the red zone multiple times without points, and the defense could not contain the Vols enough for a victory.

    On the recruiting front, Oklahoma State has added three-star middle linebacker Matt Langford. Langford, an Arkansas native, comes to Stillwater with solid speed and strength and could contribute immediately in a need position. Langford will not be redshirted, as he will be a kick coverage player at the very least. Coach ChildPlease9 continues to maintain that his recruits will come in and make an immediate impact in an effort to get his players on the field and attract more talented recruits by promising early and significant playing time.
     
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    Oklahoma State lost a heartbreaker to the in-state rival #7 Oklahoma Sooners. The Cowboys took an early 14-0 lead, playing dominating defense against the Sooners' high-powered offense. However, Oklahoma roared back in the second half, taking a 3 point lead with under two minutes to play. Cowboy sophomore quarterback Rory Wheatley dropped back to pass on the first play of a potential winning drive and was sacked, fumbling the ball. Oklahoma picked up the fumble and returned it for a devastating touchdown. OK State drove quickly down the field to cut the lead to 24-21, but the Cowboys were unable to recover an onside kick with 30 seconds left to play. The Sooners snuck out of Stillwater with a victory after being outplayed by the less talented Cowboys, but a loss is a loss for OK State.

    Recruiting-wise, Oklahoma State added three star running back Paul Romero. Romero boasts solid speed and agility but will need to improve on his pass catching skills in the Cowboys spread offense in order to see early playing time. Romero could see a redshirt next season. Coach ChildPlease9 is excited to add another Texas player, looking to create a solid pipeline in the talent-rich state.
     
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    The Cowboys destroyed Big XII for Kansas State in Manhattan this week. Oklahoma State sputtered once again in the redzone early, tacking on two field goals in the first quarter. However, Sophomore QB Rory Wheatley came up big, leading the Cowboys with four touchdown passes. The defense was once again stellar, allowing only 7 points after K-State took over on the Cowboy 1 yard line after a fumble. Oklahoma State will face Kansas in Lawrence next week.

    In other news, three star Texas athlete Ryan Tyson committed to the Cowboys this week. Tyson boasts solid speed and playmaking skills. It has yet to be determined where Tyson will be playing next season, but Coach ChildPlease9 expects to see him on the field somewhere.
     
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    Oklahoma State has broken the Top 25 for the first time in ChildPlease9's tenure. In the Cowboys' first game in the Top 25, ranked #22, Oklahoma State destroyed fellow Top 25 Big XII powerhouse Texas. Led by Sophomore Dual Threat Quarterback Rory Wheatley, Oklahoma State accumulated over four hundred yard of total offense. Wheatley accounted for 238 passing yards and four touchdowns on 11 of 17 passing and only one interception along with 88 yards on 13 rushes and two touchdowns on the ground.

    The Cowboys' staff is hitting the recruiting trail hard with limited success. Oklahoma State has yet to capture a commitment from any recruit over three stars and has signed only three players thus far. Although he had a late start in the recruiting process, ChildPlease9 is optimistic that this class will add depth for the future and the success of the team will attract a higher caliber of player in the future.
     
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    Oklahoma State has finished its regular season in the Top 25 with a 9-3 record. The Cowboys will have the opportunity to complete a ten win season in their upcoming bowl game. Coach ChildPlease9 has hinted at major offensive changes next season, looking to get back into his comfort zone and leaving Oklahoma State's spread attack.

    The recruiting class is shaping up with depth guys, but it lacks the firepower of a impact class. Coach ChildPlease9 looks forward to having a full season to recruit next season, hoping to sign some impact players on the defensive side of things that can start as freshman.
     
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