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COACH AND PROGRAM
Faith can be a beautiful thing.
It would have been easy for Oklahoma State to give up on coach Mike Gundy and his high-flying offensive ideas after one ugly season. In 2005, after Gundy arrived preaching his spread-offense gospel, the Cowboys crashed and burned, finishing last in the Big 12 South thanks to the conference's weakest offense.
Sure, it was only the first year for the new system, but, come on, last in the conference in scoring? Obviously, this wasn't going to work.
But Gundy and offensive coordinator Larry Fedora kept the faith, and, more important, so did their players. And that faith was rewarded last season, when the Cowboys' offense ignited for 35.2 points per game, a fraction of a point behind Texas for the Big 12 scoring title.
The Cowboys were everything Gundy said they would be -- explosive, tough and versatile. They averaged 8.2 yards per pass play, a close second in the league. They led the Big 12 in rushing offense. And they were one of only two teams in the nation to average more than 200 yards rushing and 200 passing per game, becoming the first Oklahoma State team to accomplish that double since 1987.