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1988 Oklahoma State Cowboys football
Holiday Bowl champion
Holiday Bowl, W 62–14 vs. Wyoming
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 11
1988 record10–2 (5–2 Big 8)
Head coachPat Jones (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorLarry Coker (6th season)
Home stadiumLewis Field (Capacity: 50,440)
Seasons
← 1987
1989 →
1988 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 Nebraska 7 0 0     11 2 0
#14 Oklahoma 6 1 0     9 3 0
#11 Oklahoma State 5 2 0     10 2 0
Colorado 4 3 0     8 4 0
Iowa State 3 4 0     5 6 0
Missouri 2 5 0     3 7 1
Kansas 1 6 0     1 10 0
Kansas State 0 7 0     0 11 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1988 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team represented the Oklahoma State University in the 1988 NCAA Division I-A college football season. Barry Sanders was in his junior year for the Cowboys.

ScheduleEdit

The Cowboys finished the regular season with a 9–2 record.[1] In 1988, in what has been called the greatest season in college football history,[2] running back Barry Sanders led the nation by averaging 7.6 yards per carry and over 200 yards per game, including rushing for over 300 yards in four games. He set college football season records with 2,628 yards rushing, 3,249 total yards, 234 points, 39 touchdowns, of which 37 were rushing (also a record), five consecutive 200 yard games, scored at least two touchdowns in 11 consecutive games, and nine times he scored at least three touchdowns. Sanders also ran for 222 yards and scored five touchdowns in his three quarters of action in the Holiday Bowl, a game that was not included with his season statistics.[3] Sanders won the Heisman Trophy as the season's most outstanding player.[4] However, he left Oklahoma State before his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 10Miami (OH)*W 52-2043,200
September 24Texas A&M*No. 18
  • Lewis Field
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma
W 52-1550,440
October 1Tulsa*No. 13
  • Lewis Field
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma
W 56-3545,100
October 8at ColoradoNo. 13W 41-2141,854
October 15at No. 7 NebraskaNo. 10L 42-6376,432
October 22MissouridaggerNo. 15
  • Lewis Field
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma
W 49-2146,900
October 29at Kansas StateNo. 12W 45-2716,000
November 5No. 8 OklahomaNo. 12
  • Lewis Field
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma (Bedlam)
ESPNL 28-3150,440
November 12KansasNo. 14
  • Lewis Field
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma
W 63-2440,100
November 19at Iowa StateNo. 13W 49-2838,163
December 4vs. Texas Tech*No. 12CBSW 45-4256,000
December 30vs. No. 15 Wyoming*No. 12ESPNW 62-1460,641
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
[5]

RosterEdit

1988 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 51 Boisvert, JohnJohn Boisvert Sr
RB   Brown, VernonVernon Brown So
  Cox, DonDon Cox Sr
WR 11 Dykes, Hart LeeHart Lee Dykes Sr
QB   Ford, KennyKenny Ford Fr
WR 19 Green, JarrodJarrod Green Jr
QB 12 Gundy, MikeMike Gundy Jr
RB 23 Hudson, GeraldGerald Hudson So
  Jones, BillBill Jones Sr
OG 73 Kidder, JasonJason Kidder Sr
TE Kirksey, RobertRobert Kirksey
  Kolb, MattMatt Kolb Sr
FB 32 Limbrick, GarrettGarrett Limbrick Sr
WR 17 Mayfield, CurtisCurtis Mayfield So
RB Nash, MitchMitch Nash Sr
WR 29 Parker, BrentBrent Parker So
RB 21 Sanders, BarryBarry Sanders Jr
QB   Smith, ChrisChris Smith So
OG 59 Stanley, ChrisChris Stanley Sr
TE 93 Vice, VanceVance Vice Jr
OL   Web,    Web
RB   Wilson, CecilCecil Wilson So
OT 62 Wolfe, MikeMike Wolfe Sr
OT 56 Woodard, ByronByron Woodard Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DL 98 Bailey, DavidDavid Bailey
CB 1 Clark, MikeMike Clark
DL 91 Colbert, BrandonBrandon Colbert
LB 58 Cummings, TorranceTorrance Cummings
LB 53 Drain III, SimSim Drain III Jr
DL Gaines, RodRod Gaines Sr
CB 2 Gilliam, MelvinMelvin Gilliam
DL 31 Jones, DevinDevin Jones
DL 60 Jones, MarcusMarcus Jones Sr
DB 4 Juhl, JasonJason Juhl
CB 5 King, JoeJoe King
FS 3 Lowery, ChrisChris Lowery
DL 57 Mackey, ShawnShawn Mackey
  McCalister, GregGreg McCalister Sr
SS 7 McGriggs, LamarLamar McGriggs
DL Oliver, RubenRuben Oliver So
LB 37 Raynor, BobbyBobby Raynor So
DL Satterwhite, StaceyStacey Satterwhite
DB 45 Smith, RodRod Smith
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 25 Blanchard, CaryCary Blanchard Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Game summariesEdit

Maimi (OH)Edit

Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1985 OKST, 45–10

Texas A&MEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–7 1983 OKST, 34–15

TulsaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
29–24–5 1987 OKST, 39–28

at ColoradoEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
14–15–1 1987 OKST, 42–17

at NebraskaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–25–1 1987 NEB, 35–0
Oklahoma State Cowboys at Nebraska Cornhuskers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#10 Cowboys 0 21 7 14

42

#7 Cornhuskers 35 14 7 7

63

at Memorial Stadium, Lincoln, NE

  • Date: October 15
  • Game attendance: 76,432
  • [6]
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Leading Passers
  • OKST – Mike Gundy -  
  • NEB –  
Leading Rushers
  • OKST – Barry Sanders - 35 carries, 189 yards, 4 TD
  • NEB – Ken Clark - 27 carries, 256 yards, 3 TD
Leading Receivers
  • OKST –  
  • NEB –  

MissouriEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
14–20 1987 OKST, 24–20

at Kansas StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
30–12 1987 OKST, 56–7
Oklahoma State Cowboys at Kansas State Wildcats – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Cowboys 21 3 14 7

45

Wildcats 14 3 3 7

27

at KSU Stadium, Manhattan, KS

  • Date: October 29
  • Game attendance: 16,000
  • [7]
Game information
First quarter
  • KSU – Washington 13-yard pass from Carl Straw (Porter kick). Wildcats 7–0.
  • OKST – Parker 63-yard pass from Mike Gundy (Blanchard kick). Tied 7–7.
  • KSU – Friedrich fumble recover in end zone (Porter kick). Wildcats 14–7.
  • OKST – Barry Sanders 26-yard run (Blanchard kick). Tied 14–14.
  • OKST – Barry Sanders 38-yard run (Blanchard kick). Cowboys 21–14.
Second quarter
  • OKST – Cary Blanchard 35-yard field goal. Cowboys 24–14.
  • KSU – Mark Porter 32-yard field goal. Cowboys 24–17.
Third quarter
  • OKST – Hart Lee Dykes 28-yard pass from Mike Gundy (Blanchard kick). Cowboys 31–17.
  • KSU – Mark Porter 37-yard field goal. Cowboys 31–20.
  • OKST – Vance Vice 1-yard pass from Mike Gundy (Blanchard kick). Cowboys 38–20.
Fourth quarter
  • KSU – Lee Pickett 1-yard run (Porter kick). Cowboys 38–27.
  • OKST – Barry Sanders 17-yard run (Blanchard kick), 6:38. Cowboys 45–27.
Leading Passers
  • KSU –  
  • OKST – Mike Gundy - 15/19, 228 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT
Leading Rushers
  • KSU –  
  • OKST – Barry Sanders - 37 carries, 320 yards, 3 TD
Leading Receivers
  • KSU –  
  • OKST – Hart Lee Dykes - 9 receptions, 127 yards, TD

OklahomaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
11–65–6 1987 OU, 29–10
Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma State Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#8 Sooners 21 3 0 7

31

#12 Cowboys 7 7 0 14

28

at Lewis Field, Stillwater, OK

  • Date: November 5
  • Game weather: Partly cloudy, 58° F, Wind NNW 16 MPH with gusts up to 30-40 MPH
  • Game attendance: 50,440
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Roger Twibell, Lee Corso
Game information
First quarter
  • OKLA – Gaddis 13-yard run (Lashar kick). OKLA 7–0.
  • OKLA – Gaddis 44-yard run (Lashar kick). OKLA 14–0. Drive: 1 plays, 44 yards, 0:07.
  • OKST – Mike Gundy 4-yard run (Blanchard kick), 6:52. OKLA 14–7.
  • OKLA – Perry 7-yard run (Lashar kick). OKLA 21–7. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 4:17.
Second quarter
  • OKST – Hart Lee Dykes 2-yard pass from Mike Gundy (Blanchard kick). OKLA 21–14. Drive: 8 plays, 89 yards, 3:48.
  • OKLA – Lashar 27-yard field goal, 2:08. OKLA 24–14.
Fourth quarter
  • OKST – Barry Sanders 1-yard run (Blanchard kick), 13:37. OKLA 24–21.
  • OKST – Barry Sanders 1-yard run (Blanchard kick), 8:45. OKST 28–24. Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards, 3:12.
  • OKLA – Thompson 18-yard run (Lashar kick), 2:33. OKLA 31–28. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 6:12.
Leading Passers
  • OKLA –  
  • OKST – Mike Gundy -  
Leading Rushers
  • OKLA –  
  • OKST – Barry Sanders - 39 carries, 215 yards, 2 TD
Leading Receivers
  • OKLA –  
  • OKST –  

KansasEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
22–23–2 1987 OKST, 49–17

at Iowa StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
18–11–1 1987 OKST, 48–27

vs. Texas TechEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
7–11–3 1975 OKST, 17–16

vs. WyomingEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 1987 OKST, 35–29
Wyoming Cowboys vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Cowboys 7 10 28 17

62

#15 Cowboys 7 0 7 0

14

at Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, CA

Game information
First quarter
  • OKST – Barry Sanders 33-yard run (Blanchard kick). OKST Cowboys 7–0.
  • WYO – Randy Welniak 4-yard run (kick). Tied 7–7.
Second quarter
  • OKST – Barry Sanders 2-yard run (Blanchard kick). OKST Cowboys 14–7.
  • OKST – Cary Blanchard 33-yard field goal. OKST Cowboys 17–7.
Third quarter
  • OKST – Mike Gundy 12-yard pass to Brent Parker (Blanchard kick). OKST Cowboys 24–7.
  • WYO – Randy Welniak 4-yard run (kick). OKST Cowboys 24–14.
  • OKST – Barry Sanders 67-yard run (Blanchard kick). OKST Cowboys 31–14.
  • OKST – Barry Sanders 1-yard run (Blanchard kick). OKST Cowboys 38–14.
  • OKST – Barry Sanders 10-yard run (Blanchard kick). OKST Cowboys 45–14.
Fourth quarter
  • OKST – Cary Blanchard 19-yard field goal. OKST Cowboys 48–14.
  • OKST – Mike Gundy 25-yard pass to Hart Lee Dykes (Blanchard kick). OKST Cowboys 55–14.
  • OKST – Chris Smith 5-yard run (Blanchard kick). OKST Cowboys 62–14.
Leading Passers
  • OKST – Mike Gundy - 20/24, 315 yards, 2 TD
  • WYO – Randy Welniak -  
Leading Rushers
  • OKST – Barry Sanders - 29 carries, 222 yards, 5 TD
  • WYO –  
Leading Receivers
  • OKST – Hart Lee Dykes - 10 receptions, 163 yards, TD
  • WYO –  

1989 NFL DraftEdit

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Barry Sanders Running back 1 3 Detroit Lions
Hart Lee Dykes Wide receiver 1 16 New England Patriots
[8]

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. Merron, Jeff. "Best individual college football seasons". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/page2/s/list/collegefootball/seasons.html. Retrieved 2007-08-12. Marron wrote, The only serious question when composing this list was "Who's No. 2?
  3. "1988 Holiday Bowl Summary". Archived from the original on 21 December 2007. https://web.archive.org/web/20071221175047/http://www.holidaybowl.com/game-history/1988.html. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
  4. "Heisman Trophy / 1988 - 54th Award". Archived from the original on 15 June 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090615014238/http://www.heisman.com/winners/b-sanders88.html. Retrieved 2007-08-12.
  5. "CMでも話題の独特な音を奏でる沖縄民謡を分析♪". http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=665&season=1988.
  6. "Cornhuskers Strike Early and Often to Continue Domination Over Cowboys With 63-42 Victory". Omaha World-Herald. October 15, 1988. https://dataomaha.com/huskers/history/game/1988-10-15-oklahoma-state.
  7. "Flashback". October 5, 2006. https://okstate.com/news/2006/10/5/Flashback.aspx?path=general.
  8. "1989 NFL Draft Listing - Pro-Football-Reference.com". https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1989.htm.
  9. "Heisman Winners". Heisman Trophy. Archived from the original on 16 September 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090916003323/http://www.heisman.com/winners/hsmn-winners.html.
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