A win could vault Oklahoma State into the Top 25 after the Cowboys got the 27th-most votes last week. Troy wants to prove its upset from last year was no fluke.
Troy's defense, which ranks 11th in the nation (238 yards per
game) and fifth against the pass (129 ypg), will be tested against
the No. 2 rushing offense (334 ypg) led by sophomore Kendall Hunter
Players to watch:
Troy: WR Jerrel Jernigan, who has caught eight passes in two of
the Trojans' three games so far, will also try to duplicate Leodis
McKelvin's punt return TD last year against the Cowboys. Fellow WR
Fred Turner could also see added time on punt return.
Oklahoma State: WR Dez Bryant caught nine passes for 236 yards
and three touchdowns and also scored on a punt return two weeks ago
against Houston, earning him Walter Camp Foundation offensive
player of the week honors. Then he didn't catch a pass last week
against Missouri State. Which Bryant will show up this week?
Facts & Figures:
Oklahoma State has won 13 straight nonconference home games. ...
Troy is 2-8 against Big 12 opponents, with wins against the Cowboys
(2007) and Missouri (2004). ... Trojans DE Kenny Mainor is expected
to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury sustained in last
week's 28-10 loss at Ohio State. ... Oklahoma State defensive
coordinator Tim Beckman was a graduate assistant at Auburn when
current Troy coach Larry Blakeney and athletic director Steve
Dennis were coaching the Tigers.