OSU football notebook: Baylor makes history
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Friday, November 30, 2012
11/30/12 at 2:47 AM
For the first time in program history, Baylor is in line to earn a bowl bid for a third straight season.
While fifth-year coach Art Briles is 0-4 against Oklahoma State, he was head coach at Houston in 2006 when the Cougars beat the Cowboys, 34-25.
"He's an experienced coach who's come up through the ranks," OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "He was respected in high school and he's worked his way up.
"He's done a great job with that program. They have good skill players on offense. ... It's a challenge in this league for everyone to slow those guys down each week."
Stewart climbing the charts: Eighty-four catches by sophomore receiver Josh Stewart ranks him fifth on OSU's single-season receptions list. The names above him are Justin Blackmon (122, 2011; 111, 2010), Rashaun Woods (102, 2002) and Dez Bryant (87, 2008).
"I'm just trying to be the best I can for our team," Stewart said. "I feel like now that I'm a starter, I have to make plays.
"I can't be like I was last year and only make some catches. I have to catch everything that's thrown to me. That's been the mindset I've had this season."
Over the last six games, Stewart has 55 catches covering 642 yards. Against Oklahoma on Saturday, he produced 150 yards and a 75-yard touchdown that is the Cowboys' longest pass play of the season. He also had a one-handed catch that was No. 2 on SportsCenter's Top 10 plays of the day.
Cowboys gain commitment: Converse (Texas) Jordan safety Tre Flowers verbally committed to OSU this week after decommitting from Arizona State.
Flowers (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) is a three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com. He is the Cowboys' 18th commitment and third safety for the Class of 2013.
Verbal commitments are nonbinding. Recruits can sign national letters of intent beginning in February.
Baylor seniors winless against OSU: With the exception of new member West Virginia, Oklahoma State is the only Big 12 team that Baylor's senior class hasn't defeated. The Bears have lost to the Cowboys each year since 2005.
Vegas update: The over-under for Saturday's game was sitting at 87 points Thursday, which would be the largest in college football history. Last year's OSU-Baylor game had an over-under of 81.5 points and resulted in 83 points, with the Cowboys winning 59-24 in Stillwater.