WELCOME TO OKLAHOMA STATE
Oklahoma State has emerged as one of the nation’s elite football programs under head coach Mike Gundy. The Cowboys have advanced to six consecutive bowls including the program's first-ever BCS appearance last year. Oklahoma State enters the 2012 season with high expectations and the determination to remain in the hunt for a National Championship.
The Cowboys are coming off a historical 2011 campaign that featured OSU's first-ever Big 12 Championship, a school record 12 wins, two first-round draft picks, six All-Americans and being ranked nationally in the Top 10 the entire season. The eyes of the college football nation focused on Oklahoma State and the national spotlight shined on Stillwater.
The Oklahoma State program has won an amazing 41 games over the last four years and has made nine bowl appearances in the last 10 seasons. OSU has produced five first-round NFL draft picks since 2009. Numerous Cowboys have earned national awards over the years. Justin Blackmon won back-to-back Biletnikoff Awards as the nation's best receiver playing for OSU in 2010 and 2011 and he is now a rookie with the Jacksonville Jaguars after the franchise made him the fifth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. Hall of Fame running backs Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas made their marks on the game right here at Oklahoma State. Dallas Cowboy kicker and former OSU standout Dan Bailey captured the 2010 Lou Groza Award for the nation’s top kick. In 2008, Matt Fodge won the Ray Guy Award for the nation’s top punter.
OSU produced the 1988 Heisman Trophy winner when Sanders re-wrote the NCAA record books. Sanders, who is featured on the 2013 EA Sports NCAA Football video game cover, went on to become one of the greatest backs to ever play the game. The Cowboys have played in 22 bowls dating back to their first appearance against TCU in the 1945 Cotton Bowl.
From his playing days in the late 1980s to his outstanding coaching career, Mike Gundy has had the greatest impact on Oklahoma State football of any individual. His nearly 25 years of dedicated service and commitment to OSU have made him a true Cowboy. In 2011, Gundy signed a lifetime contract with the program to secure his future in Stillwater.