Activists seek protection for Indonesia’s karst amid building boom pressure

first_imgArticle published by Basten Gokkon Activists in Indonesia demand the government to issue a new regulation aimed at better protecting the country’s karsts, the unique rocky landscapes that are home to species found nowhere else on Earth.The current regulation governing the management of this limestone topography fails to frame karst preservation in terms of its role as an ecosystem supporting a diverse range of animal and plant life.Activists argue that efforts to regulate the protection of the landscape have received opposition from influential powers that depend on the mineral deposits that make up the karst. YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — Activists in Indonesia have called for the government to issue a new regulation aimed at better protecting the country’s karsts, the unique rocky landscapes that are home to species found nowhere else on Earth.The current regulation governing the management of this limestone topography dates from 2012, issued by the ministry for mines and energy, which frames karst preservation in terms of its geological importance rather than its role as an ecosystem supporting a diverse range of animal and plant life.“We need a regulation with a special agency that oversees the function, exploitation and protection of karst ecosystems,” said Wahyu Perdana, campaign manager for food, water and essential ecosystems at the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), at a public discussion last month.Mining activities in a karst area in Rembang, Central Java. Photo by Tommy Apriando/Mongabay-Indonesia.Petrasa Wacana, coordinator for conservation, advocacy and campaign at the Indonesian Speleology Community (MSI), called for a government regulation — which would supersede the ministerial one — that would more holistically govern the management of karst ecosystems, including allowing better conservation efforts and imposing stricter punishment for damage to or destruction of these landscapes.A draft government regulation, known as an RPP, has been in the works since 2010, but opposition from the ministry of mines and the cement industry — which has long eyed the mineral deposits that make up the karst — has prevented it from being issued, according to Petrasa.“If the government continues to be weak in protecting karst ecosystems, the damage will expand and increase the threat of an ecological disaster, particularly drought,” he said. “The importance of a government regulation for karsts is for us to be able to calculate the damage and to design efforts to protect the ecological system.”There’s increased urgency to strengthen the protection of these unique landscapes, as the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo pushes an ambitious infrastructure-building program that has seen cement companies ramp up their production. Mining activities, plantations and large developments such as roads and resorts also continue to pose a threat to Indonesia’s karsts, which span an estimated 154,000 square kilometers (59,500 square miles), or more than 8 percent of the country’s territory.The extractive industries, including mining of limestone for cement, accounted for 48 percent of Indonesia’s total carbon dioxide emissions, according to a 2014 report from the environment ministry.More than 40 percent of the 72,500 square kilometers (28,000 square miles) of karst in East Kalimantan and Central Kalimantan, two provinces on the Indonesian part of Borneo, are currently under threat from miners, according to Walhi. Similar activities also threaten the biodiversity in karst ecosystems in other provinces, including 190 square kilometers (73 square miles) in South Sulawesi, 254 square kilometers in Aceh and 6.5 square kilometers in West Sumatra.Limestone mining site in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta. Photo by Tommy Apriando/Mongabay-Indonesia.Formed millions of years ago by sea life, the eroded limestone ridges, towers, sinkholes, caves and other geological features that comprise karsts are home to a diverse range of plant species as well as insects, bats and other fauna found nowhere else on Earth.The animals that inhabit these ecosystems are important to the people who live near them, serving as pest control, pollinators and a sustainable source of income — in the case of swifts whose nests are a prized delicacy in Chinese cuisine. Karst landscapes also play an important role in groundwater management.“We must not be partial in understanding the karst ecosystem,” said Walhi’s Wahyu. “We need to take into account the environmental, economic and socio-cultural impacts of damaging these landscapes.”This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on Dec. 3, 2017.Banner image: Limestone mountains in Papua. Photo by Rhett A. Butler/Mongabay.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Biodiversity, Biodiversity Crisis, Conservation, Ecosystems, Environment, Environmental Activism, Habitat Degradation, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Karst, Mining center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

NBA: Anthony sees no problem playing power forward with Thunder

first_imgArgentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges “I have no problem with playing the four,” Anthony, who mostly suited up at small forward for much of his 14-year NBA career, told ESPN’s Royce Young. “I actually like that, I actually embrace that. And for this team, I think it will be better.”Although he has never considered himself a typical “stretch four,” the 10-time NBA All-Star said he’s used to playing the position, citing his earlier years with the Denver Nuggets as an example.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I’ve been playing the four almost all my career,” he added. “Even in Denver…we kinda started going playing that small ball, putting me at the four, picking up the pace. We kind of started that.”The move comes as no shock to most fans, as the Thunder also managed to land superstar Paul George in the off season, who would likely take up the small forward slot. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Anthony’s strong physique would also help ease his transition better, as George was not really fond of playing the four during some stretches when he was with the Indiana Pacers.Still, Anthony relishes the chance to play for a legitimate contender and credits today’s “position-less” basketball for allowing him to pair up with both George and Russell Westbrook.“Now, it’s just whoever,” he said. “You have two-guards playing center now, guys 6-foot-5 playing center. So, it really doesn’t matter at what position it is, what spot out there, as long as you fill those spots.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Carmelo Anthony (7)  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)After laughing off a reporter’s query as to whether he’s willing to come off the bench for his new team, Carmelo Anthony said he had no problem sliding to the power forward position for the Oklahoma City Thunder.The team’s head coach, Billy Donovan, recently made it known that the 33-year-old superstar would indeed be filling in at the four position full-time.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Maliksi’s scoring prowess delivering results for Blackwater Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups View commentslast_img read more

LOOK: Oklahoma State Dons Helmet Stickers to Honor Victims of Homecoming Parade and Plane Crashes

first_imgCloser look at those helmet stickers ? pic.twitter.com/YwlsUGpMri— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) October 29, 2016I’m a yuuuge fan of the helmets, no doubt. But more than that, it’s a special touch for OSU players to honor the fallen with something as simple as helmet stickers. I’m not saying OSU should go full tOSU, but I wouldn’t be totally opposed to seeing helmet stickers become a mainstay. Very classy gesture and well done by OSU. New #Okstate helmets from the Jimmy Johnson era. pic.twitter.com/KsWMW0sfX4— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 29, 2016 Oklahoma State broke out some sweet new (or old?) throwback helmets for homecoming against the Mountaineers on Saturday. And on top of the sweet new lids, there’s also an added feature: Helmet stickers, which aren’t for performance, but rather to honor those who have lost their lives in the plane crashes and the homecoming tragedy from last year:Ok St helmets have 18 performance stickers in honor of those lost in athletic dep’t plane crashes and last year’s homecoming parade tragedy.— Devin V. Hunter (@dvhunter) October 29, 2016And here’s a closer look:center_img While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Mike Gundy Might Be LSU’s Third Choice Behind Herman, Fisher

first_imgDon’t shoot me. I’m just the messenger.Mike Gundy to LSU could be a real thing. The Times-Picayune is reporting that Jimbo Fisher is choice No. 1 with Tom Herman serving as backup. One problem: Jimbo probably won’t leave Florida State, and Herman is likely to go to Texas.Then what for the Tigers? All the OSU coaches, apparently.LSU also has contacted North Carolina’s Larry Fedora and Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy about the job. Gundy, a source said, would be a top option if either Fisher or Herman falls through.LSU’s target date for the hire continues to be near the end of this month or early December at the latest, according to sources. The college football regular season concludes this week.LSU officials want an answer from Fisher, a former Tigers assistant, and his representatives by the end of this week, ahead of when Texas will reportedly fire Strong. [Times-Picayune]James Franklin’s name was also mentioned along with the prize for securing the job: $6 million a year. That’s a 60 percent raise from what Gundy makes at Oklahoma State.Do I think Gundy would leave Stillwater? I don’t. If somebody offered me 60 percent more than what I make right now to come do the same job, would I listen? Yes I would. If I was happy where I’m at would I then leverage that potential move to get more money at my current job?You tell me …”Texas, LSU and Oregon are all going to be open, and I’m probably underpaid right now. Sounds like a new tractor to me.” pic.twitter.com/S9V3lCxbzC— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 21, 2016Hat tip to Carson Cunningham on the find. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: Seales Impresses at Pro Day With 4.4 40 and Monster Vertical

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State held their Pro Day on Thursday morning, hosting scouts from all 32 NFL teams. There were plenty there to see Vincent Taylor and Chris Carson, who made himself a little money at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this week.But they also got to see the show put on by departing wide receiver Jhajuan Seales. And I mean he put on a show. Seales turned in a 4.40 second 40-yard dash. There reports as low a 4.37 but we’ll defer to OSU who called it 4.40.Jhajuan Seales’ first attempt at the 40. #okstate pic.twitter.com/z9mzj8u0gq— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 9, 2017Seales also had the best vertical leap of the day at 41.5 inches. #OKState WR Jhajuan Seales with the biggest vertical today. 41 ½ inches off the ground. pic.twitter.com/Zw40UG2fpa— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 9, 2017Here’s Seales in the 60-yard shuffle.Jhajuan’s shuttle pic.twitter.com/iEiuHEFUvr— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 9, 2017So let’s take a look at how his numbers would have stacked up with the rest of the wide receivers had he been invited to the Combine.4.40 in 40-yard dash (T3rd)20 reps on bench press (2nd)41.5-inch vertical leap (2nd)10’4″ in broad jump (out of top 15)You can bet that there are several teams who have moved Jhajuan up their boards, if not putting him on for the first time.last_img read more

Two 4-Star Quarterbacks Make Unofficial Visits to Oklahoma State

first_imgEven with spring camp in full swing and their minds fixed on developing depth charts for this fall, Mike Gundy and Co. always have one eye on the recruiting trail. This past weekend the coaching staff hosted a group of recruits for unofficial visits. As we noted in The Reload on Monday, there were a number of big-time visitors.Among those visiting OSU’s campus were a couple of 2019 quarterback prospects, one of whom has held an offer from the Cowboys for nearly a year in Grant Gunnell. According to our interview with Gunnell from last year, Mike Yurcich extended an offer to the towering QB prior to his sophomore season. The contact was made through his head coach at St. Pius X High School in Houston, Texas.“The offensive coordinator [Mike Yurcich] came up to school and told my head coach they were offering me, then my coach told me,” Gunnell told Pistols Firing. “I was super pumped when I heard the news and I called my parents and let them know about it!”https://twitter.com/grantgunnell5/status/848936382361948160?s=09Oklahoma State was just the second school to offer the then 6-5, 203-pound play caller. But it’s a year later and a lot has changed. Not only has he already filled in to over 200 pounds heading into his junior year, he set the world on fire with his sophomore numbers in 2016.Gunnell exploded for 4,970 passing yards and 71 touchdowns to just 11 interceptions in 2016, per 247Sports. He also completed a cool 70 percent of his pass attempts. Ridiculous.No longer flying under the radar, the four-star pro style QB currently holds more FBS offers than any other player in his class, including from the likes of Texas A&M, Florida State and LSU.“Coach Yurcich (OSU) says if I were to commit there, he’d be shutting everything down. I’m the only guy he wants. That’s what every school has said,” Gunnell told Scout.Gunnell should whittle down his list of top schools soon and OSU hopes their early offer will save them a spot.The other quarterback to visit this weekend was Grant Tisdale, a 2019 recruit from Allen, Texas.The 6-foot-1, 204-pound high school sophomore isn’t as big of a name as the other visiting Grant but does have offers from Texas Tech and Mississippi State, among others. He’s more of a dual-threat prospect who can throw a pretty decent ball, too.Good ball from Allen, TX QB Grant Tisdale. His list includes #RedRaiders and #SMU. pic.twitter.com/rddsGTLtHr— Rivals Camp Series (@RivalsCamp) April 2, 2017Last month at The Opening, Tisdale put up some impressive numbers. According to Scout, who has Tisdale as a four-star prospect, he ran a 4.70 40-yard dash, completed a 4.18 shuttle and showed off a 35.6-inch vertical leap.It’s still early for Tisdale (and Gunnell for that matter). We’ll learn a lot more about both going forward but don’t be surprised if Tisdale’s star continues to rise. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

The State of Oklahoma State: An Update on Defensive Cowboys Heading into Summer

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. We’ve already looked at state of Oklahoma State’s offense for the end of spring. Now let’s turned to the defense Mike Gundy is so confident in.Prior to the start of spring practice, Gundy predicted the 2017 defense would be better than the one that went 12-1 in 2011 and won a Fiesta Bowl.He credited depth and change in recruiting philosophy for his optimism.“I just think we have more depth,” said Gundy. “I think that we’ve recruited longer and that our culture is in place so we have more depth than we did then.”Here’s a look at that complete depth chart as it looks now.Defensive EndJordan Brailford was granted a medical hardship waiver for missing all of his would-be junior season. That means the Cowboys are two-deep in experienced starters and Tralund Webber has also shown the ability to make plays.While there is plenty of depth at the end spot, it’s becoming a bit top-loaded. It will be interesting to see how much younger players like Brock Martin see the field. Mike Gundy seems to think it’s a possibility. Triston Grant spent last year redshirting. The two freshmen make up all of OSU’s underclassmen on the edge.Defensive TackleThe interior of the defensive line boasts similar depth to the ends. Joe Bob Clements gets my vote for most underrated assistant in the Big 12. He’s the epitome of an efficient recruiter. He finds his guys and then develops them into D-I players. See Emmanuel Ogbah and Vincent Taylor.It will be a big year for Darrion Daniels. The former ESPN 300 prospect has been a difference maker since day 1. Now that Vincent Taylor is off to South Beach, he needs to take a leadership role on this line. DeQuinton Osborne is another brute who can make plays. Trey Carter bulked up and moved from end to tackle and former Michigan State DT Enoch Smith Jr comes in to add depth.LinebackerThe Cowboys have an underrated group of linebackers. After losing Jordan Burton and Devante Averrette, the Cowboys still boast plenty of depth in the infield. With the installation of a second defensive scheme — Oklahoma State will employ both three-down and four-down sets — Glenn Spencer will be leaning on his guys even more.Kenneth Edison-McGruder spent some time at the “star” linebacker spot a year ago but he has now been permanently moved from safety. Chad Whitener returns as a leader of the defense. Look for guys like Justin Phillips and newcomer Patrick Macon to be difference makers, as well.CornerbackEasily the biggest question mark for Oklahoma State. The addition of Clemson grad transfer Adrian Baker is huge. Past him the Cowboys still have zero starts among their corners. Mike Gundy doesn’t seem too worried but did concede that they may have to score a few points early on.There seem to be several talented pieces including A.J. Green and Madre Harper but they will likely take their lumps this season. First up, they face a Tulsa passing game that, while retooling at QB and No. 1-2 receivers, is not one to overlook.SafetyOne of the biggest stories going into the spring was Ramon Richards’ move from cornerback to safety — especially considering the above-mentioned lack of depth on the outside. Richards and Tre Flowers make a formidable duo in the backfield. Behind them is a lot of youth.Jordan Sterns led the team in tackles for three straight years from the strong safety spot. It will be interesting to see how OSU replaces that production and which of the young guns can make a name for themselves. The 2018 class is loaded with safety talent.SpecialistZach Sinor may be the best punter in America. He led the nation with 62.5 percent of his punts sticking inside the 20-yard line and only gave up one touchback. Think precision lawn darts. OSU only allowed 15 punt return yards all season.Ben Grogan finished his career as OSU’s all-time leading scorer. The place-kicking job should be Matt Ammendola’s to lose. He took over kickoff duties early last season and was an instant upgrade. Can his strong leg handle both? If not, incoming freshman Jake McClure would definitely like a shot.last_img read more

Ranking the Top Wide Receiver Performances in OSU History (Part 2)

first_imgLet’s finish our countdown of the top wide receiver performances in OSU history.Be sure to check out Nos. 6-10.5. Rashaun Woods – Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma – November 30, 2002The most memorable play in Rashaun Woods’ career is probably the most memorable OSU moment for many fans. “The catch” secured a win in Norman, which is hard to come by. But it was a year later that he really took it to OU.The No. 3 Sooners rolled into Stillwater looking for a little payback but came up shorthanded again thanks in part to Woods, who corralled 12 catches for 226 yards and three scores. Josh Fields also recorded a career game with 357 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.Why it matteredThis was just the third time OSU had strung together back-to-back Bedlam wins and it came against a really good Oklahoma team that ended 12-2 and ranked 5th in the AP poll. The performance further solidified Woods as a Bedlam hero. It also got the Cowboys into the Houston Bowl (Les Miles’ first bowl) which they won 33-23 over Southern Miss.4. Adarius Bowman – Oklahoma State at Kansas – October 14, 2006It’s Kansas. But this was not exactly the same Kansas we’ve seen the last few years. They went 6-6 that year but a lot of players on that team went 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl a year later. Bowman lit up the Jayhawks for a record 300 yards and four TDs on 13 catches, all while lining up opposite future Pro Bowl corner Aqib Talib.Kansas had a 17-0 lead in the second half before Bobby Reid found Bowman for touchdown passes of 54, 25, 55 and 64 yards. It was as impressive a second-half performance as we have seen, maybe ever. Bowman scorched the turf at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, helping his team outscore the Jayhawks by 24 in the final two quarters. He also helped Bobby Reid throw for 411 yards and five touchdowns — his best game statistically by far.Why it matteredThis is pretty obvious. Bowman recorded the Oklahoma State record for most receiving yards in a game that still stands. His four touchdowns also stand tied for second-most in a single game by a Cowboy. And he did against an elite cover man.3. Justin Blackmon – Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State – November 5, 2011The two-time Biletnikoff winner reached 200 receiving yards twice during his career. In 2010, he had a 207-yard, one touchdown game as the Cowboys dispatched Texas Tech 34-17. But he had plenty of huge games. If you said his 186-yard, three-TD Fiesta Bowl ranked higher, I wouldn’t argue.But I picked this game for what it meant both historically and to the team that year. The 205-yard, two touchdown performance helped seal the Cowboys’ closest win in five games. Since that wild 30-29 win over Texas A&M, Oklahoma State had turned into a juggernaut, mowing through the meat of their schedule. Then No. 15 Kansas State came to Stillwater and threatened to derail the train. The Cowboys came up with a 52-45 win with a lot of credit due to Blackmon’s two scores. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Why it matteredAside from the gaudy numbers and being a crucial win, this was also a bit of redemption game for the All-American. One year prior, Blackmon set an NCAA record for 12 1oo-plus yard receiving games in a season — which still stands. The reason he didn’t reach 13? He wasn’t with the team in Manhattan in 2010. Blackmon was suspended by Mike Gundy following his DUI arrest. Blackmon had driven some teammates and a former player on a Monday Night Football trip to Arlington to see Dez play earlier in the week. Whether or not that provided extra motivation to show out against the Wildcats, we don’t know. All we know is that he had a game for the ages.2. James Washington – Oklahoma State vs. Pittsburgh – September 17, 2016Like Blackmon, Washington has had two 200-plus yard games but this was his most impressive. It stands as the second-highest yard total in school history and started off with the second-longest passing play in school history — 91 yards and a score.Why it matteredIt was the bounce-back game OSU needed after the gut punch they received against Central Michigan the week before. That 91-yard Rudolph-to-Washington bomb was met with half cheers, half sighs of relief by the 53,514 attending. Although the Cowboys would falter late against Baylor a week later, the Pitt win was a needed confidence (and resume) booster.Washington’s career-high mark also helped Mason Rudolph write his own history. His 540 passing yards is the single highest passing yardage game in OSU history.1. Rashaun Woods – Oklahoma State at SMU – September 20, 2003 Any game that was highlighted by this type of NCAA record has to top my list. When a receiver gets the ball, his goal is to score and Rashaun scored more times in this game than any receiver has — ever.The competition level was obviously not high — the Mustangs went a cold oh-fer in 12 games that year. But throughout his career, Woods showed he could put up crazy numbers against anyone. The year before he came in second nationally with 1,695 receiving yards and is the all-time leading receiver in OSU history with 4,414.Why it matteredWoods is still the only receiver to pull down seven touchdowns in a game. Not just at OSU. That’s an NCAA record. He had five in the first half. The Cowboys threw the ball 19 times and Woods caught 13 of them for 232 yards, which still sits at No. 4 in OSU history for yards in a game.last_img read more

A Look at Oklahoma State’s Offensive Efficiency Over the Years

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Everyone knows this year’s Oklahoma State offense is supposed to be elite, but I thought it would be fun to look back at the Oklahoma State offenses in the Mike Gundy era (for as far back as we have the data) to see what this one has to live up to.For that, we turn to offensive points per drive which is the most telling statistic in the sport (thank you BCF Toys for continuing to churn out impeccable data).Here is how OSU has compared to the median NCAA team over the past 10 seasons.As you can see, the only down years OSU has had involved injuries or suspensions. Dez got ejected in 2009, and Kendall Hunter was on and off that year with an injury. In 2014, Oklahoma State didn’t really have a QB until Mason Rudolph took the reins because J.W. Walsh was hurt. Other than that, it’s been an incredible offense.AdChoices广告Here is how much better (or worse) OSU has been than the NCAA median in each of those years.Does this year’s offense have a chance to usurp that 2011 offense that averaged an outrageous 3.42 points per drive? Maybe. They increased production last season from 2015 by about 7 percent. If they do that again, they will get to around 3.1 so they’ll have to be a lot more efficient than last year. And one has to presume now that there is less room to grow than there used to be.I asked Mike Gundy what he bases his preseason expectations on last week.“I think that preseason polls have a lot to do with returning quarterbacks that have experience, and we’re the same,” said Gundy. “When you go into the season and you don’t have a quarterback that has any experience, you don’t have a clue what’s going to happen in most cases.“We have experience at key positions on both sides of the ball. We have an experienced quarterback, we have skill players that are potentially good enough to someday play in the NFL and we have numbers of depth that have played on both sides. So for that reason, you guys should play well this year. That’s really how I believe it.”Gundy also noted that each year should build on the last, and this season should really be the culmination of the entire Rudolph era.“I always tell (our players) that. I say ‘You guys have a lot of ground to make up here because we don’t have a lot of experience,’ but with these guys, they have to do all of the things that are important to get ready to play,” said Gundy. “But they know that if they prepare and do everything they can and are unselfish and committed, then my expectations of them are to play very well on Saturdays. I don’t see any reasons why they shouldn’t.”That 3.01 mark is something to shoot for. Only four Power Five teams (OU, Texas Tech, Pittsburgh and Washington) surpassed it last year. Oklahoma State will have its best shot since 2011 to do so when the season gets going three weeks from tomorrow.last_img read more

Tuesday Poll: Are You Concerned About the Oklahoma State Hype?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I’m going to discuss this later on this week in the context of what Mike Gundy thinks about it, but I’m curious to get the thoughts of OSU fans. Does the hype train OSU is riding concern you, or are you not concerned at all about how much love the Cowboys are getting from national pundits and pollsters?Today’s poll question: I am ___________ about how much hype this #okstate team is getting.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) August 8, 2017As always your comments both on Twitter and in the comments section of the blog will be used when we discuss on Wednesday. Until then, happy voting (and discussing).AdChoices广告last_img read more