Cowboy Notebook: OSU 45, Missouri 24

The most recent AP poll was released Sunday afternoon and the Cowboys jumped three spots to No. 3, behind LSU and Alabama. The Cowboys earned their best ranking since Nov. 19, 1984, when they were also No. 3.

The Cowboys also climbed from No. 6 to No. 4 in the Coaches' Poll with Stanford at No. 3.

By the numbers

Through seven games the Cowboys' offense has been every bit as explosive as it was a season ago under Dana Holgorsen. The Cowboys are second nationally in passing offense (387.4) and points per game (48.6) and are third in total offense with 548.6 yards per contest.

The defensive numbers aren't indicative of how well the unit has been playing of late. The OSU defense 103rd overall, allowing 431.9 yards per game, and is 65th in total defense with 26.9 points allowed on average.

The Cowboys did jump to No. 1 nationally in turnover margin at 2.14 after forcing four turnovers against Missouri and committing just one. The OSU defense has forced 15 turnovers through four conference games.

Feeling like the ‘40s

Oklahoma State's 4-0 mark in conference play is just the second time in school history that feat has been accomplished. The only other time was in 1940.

Staying on that trend, the Cowboys are 7-0 for just the third time in school history, having also started the season undefeated through the first seven games in 2008 and 1945 and the Cowboys have won 18 of their last 20 games. It is the second-best record in program history over a 20-game stretch. OSU was 19-1 from 1943-45.

Running Randle

Sophomore running back Joseph Randle was nearly unstoppable on Saturday. He had 14 carries for 138 yards with three touchdowns and one catch for 13 yards and a fourth score. Randle's 59-yard TD run late in the third quarter was the longest of his career, eclipsing the 41-yard scamper he had against Arizona this season. Also, Randle's four touchdown performance was this first for a Cowboy since Kendall Hunter did it against Washington State on Sept. 4, 2010.

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