OSU report card: Cowboys had everything working

BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com Published: October 25, 2009

Game plan: A

When everything works, it's hard to call a bad game. OSU threw away from Baylor free safety Jordan Lake, which meant open receivers, which led to open running lanes.

Replay judgment: D

Officials reviewed two plays that had no controversy, including Patrick Lavine's first-quarter interception that he caught at his chest. But an OSU punt that bounced precariously close to a Baylor player was not reviewed.

Aggression: C

OSU played it safe late in the first half with a 17-0. Taking over at its 24-yard line with 3:22 left, the Cowboys used five straight running plays, then a screen pass. Protecting the ball is one thing, but OSU ended up punting for the first time in the game, and Baylor reached OSU territory in the final seconds of the half. More aggression is needed vs. Texas.

Big plays: B

The Cowboys hit no home runs but walloped a bunch of extra-base hits. Keith Toston had a 24-yard run. Zac Robinson threw completions of 29 yards to Tracy Moore and 22 yards to Wilson Youman and Justin Blackmon.

School colors: A

The east-side stands at Floyd Casey Stadium were almost half-and-half OSU and Baylor fans, which meant a colorful mix of green, gold and orange. Autumn was in full bloom. Looked like the Talimena Drive.

Balance: A

Pass-run balance was outstanding — 239 yards passing, 206 rushing, when adjusting for sacks. Plus, nine Cowboys caught passes, including TD catches by Wilson Youman, Cooper Bassett and Dameron Fooks.

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