The 2011 Cowboys in the spotlight on Saturday: a record season
It’s been 10 years since one of the greatest seasons in Oklahoma state football history. The 2011 Cowboys set a new high for the program and put OSU on the national college football map to stay. On Saturday, members of the 2011 team will be honored in Oklahoma State’s Top 25 showdown against No.21 Baylor.
The 2011 Cowboys were a team made up of a lethal offense coupled with an opportunistic defense. The team went 12-1 on the season winning the school’s first Big 12 Championship and finishing third in the AP final poll, the highest final ranking ever by an OSU team.
Led by the dynamic duo of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, the Cowboys offense has broken almost all records for offensive passing and goals.
Offensively, the Cowboys have scored the most points in a single season (633), had the highest scoring average in a 13-game season (48.7) and scored the most touchdowns (81) in the history of the program, which are still valid today.
The Weeden-to-Blackmon connection rewrote the record books in Oklahoma State as the pair held nearly all of the winning and receiving records after the 2011 season. Ten years after the historic season, Weeden is still the record holder of the season for passes completed in one season (409), attempted passes (565), completion percentage (72.4%) and touchdown passes (37). His 4,727 passing yards were also a school record until Mason Rudolph passed him in 2017 with 4,904.
As for Blackmon, the two-time unanimous All-American and Biletnikoff Award winner set the receiving record with 122 catches in 2011, which remains the school’s record. He is also the record holder for receiving yards, touchdowns and consecutive games with back-to-back games with one touchdown and 100 receiving yards, which he set in his 2010 season.
In addition to an aerial attack that made six of the seven games with the most passing yards in program history, running back Joseph Randle passed 1,000 rushing yards and scored 24 rushing touchdowns. during the 2011 season. His 24 touchdowns are only behind Barry Sanders’ 37 scores in 1988 and Terry Miller’s 27 in 1976.
The Cowboys were so powerful in 2011, they set a school record for the least possession time per game, holding the ball only 26:18 on average. The offensive efficiency had an impact on a defensive unit that gave up a bunch of yards but was better than expected. An opportunistic Cowboy defense was inclined to force turnovers, leading the 2011 team to a +21 turnover margin which is tied with the 1983 team for the biggest margin.
Quinn Sharp made the Cowboys a complete team as he handled the punt and kick duties for the special teams unit. His successful 79 PATs in the 2011 season are still valid today and although he has only kicked 49 times during the season, he has been effective with an academic record average of 46.28 yards per. punt.