Berry Tramel: OSU's Zac Robinson playing best ball of his career

by Berry Tramel Modified: October 26, 2009 at 12:14 pm •  Published: October 24, 2009

WACO, Texas — Oklahoma State never has had an all-conference quarterback.

But Zac Robinson sure looked the part Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium, where OSU routed Baylor 34-7.

A school record 85.2 completion percentage, on 23 of 27 passing. No bad decisions. No bad throws.

Play like this next Saturday, when Texas comes to Stillwater, and Robinson might end more than one OSU drought. Play like this, and the Cowboys could commandeer the Big 12 race.

"He's learning to be the playmaker we think he is," said OSU offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer. "He can run it. He can throw it. He manages the clock well. He's our Peyton Manning."

Talk of a belated Heisman campaign for Robinson is silly. But the Big 12's best quarterback? Sam Bradford's injured and Todd Reesing's reeling.

That leaves Robinson and Texas' Colt McCoy as the last men standing. They square off in a Halloween showdown that is likely to unmask the all-Big 12 quarterback.

"We need everybody to play well next week," State coach Mike Gundy said. True enough. But if Robinson plays like this, OSU's offense hums along, even without Dez Bryant or Kendall Hunter, 2008 all-Americans who continue to sit out for ineligibility (Dez) or health (Spud) reasons.

Robinson is playing the best quarterback of his career, mainly because he's throwing better than he ever has.

In three Big 12 games, Robinson is 59 of 87 passing (67.8 percent) for 756 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. That's the kind of production that built Colt into a Texas legend.

Robinson always has been a dangerous runner and a big-play passer. But he seems to be progressing into an efficient passer, which separates many a quarterback.

Here's a two-play sequence that shows Robinson's development.

Second quarter. OSU up 10-0. The Baylor pass rush swarmed Robinson. He ducked away, then was grabbed by an oncoming Bear. No matter. As he fell, Robinson flipped a pass to tight end Cooper Bassett for a 9-yard gain.

The next play, Robinson wanted to throw to Hubert Anyiam on a stop-and-go pattern. Anyiam was well defended, so Robinson calmly looked elsewhere and rifled a pass over the middle to Dameron Fooks for a 16-yard touchdown.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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