Some Arizona-Oklahoma State factoids from ESPN Stats & Information.
Cowboys receiver Justin Blackmon has more 20+ yard touchdown receptions-- 12 -- than any other player since the start of last season.
Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden completes 48.0 percent of his throws of 25+ yards when he targets Justin Blackmon. When he targets any other player, his completion percentage on these throws cuts in half.
There is no question that Weeden and Arizona QB Nick Foles can create big plays in the passing game. The two have combined for 50 plays of 30 yards or more over the last two seasons. But each quarterback has been just as successful throwing inside the opponent’s 20 yard line. Weeden completes 56 percent of his passes inside the 20, with 20 TDs and just one interception (189.8 efficiency rating). Foles completes 67 percent of his passes with 15 TDs and two picks (184.2 efficiency rating).
Foles leads the nation with 412 yards passing.
This is a rematch of 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl, won by Oklahoma State 36-10. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time in nearly seven years that two teams involved in a bowl game decided by more than 20 points will meet the following regular season. On September 18, 2004, Oregon State beat New Mexico after having trounced the Lobos 55-14 in the previous Las Vegas Bowl. And on the same day, West Virginia avenged a 41-7 loss to Maryland in the Gator Bowl by edging the Terrapins 19-16.
This is the third time in the last four Oklahoma State games that Mike Gundy will be coaching against Bob or Mike Stoops.
Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon has an FBS record 13 straight games with at least 100 receiving yards (2010Cotton Bowl last time he did not have 100-yard receiving game).
This is Arizona’s first of three straight games against currently ranked opponents (at 9 Oklahoma St, 6 Stanford, 13 Oregon).