STILLWATER — Oklahoma State may have found its quarterback of the future.
With Zac Robinson out and Alex Cate struggling, Brandon Weeden stepped in and saved the day in OSU’s 31-28 win over Colorado at Boone Pickens Stadium on Thursday night.
After the Pokes passed for zero yards in the first half, Weeden replaced Cate, who started in place of Robinson, at the start of the second half. The 26-year-old sophomore was 10-of-15 passing for 168 yards and two touchdowns as he sparked the Cowboys to a comeback win.
"He’s shown signs of that (in practice) but he just hasn’t been out there enough,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. "He ran around and made a couple of plays and obviously gave us a chance to win the game.”
Three plays in particular.
After CU returned a kickoff for a touchdown to take a 28-24 lead, Weeden made three clutch plays on OSU’s seven-play, 73-yard game-winning touchdown drive.
On third-and-11 at the OSU 26, Weeden scrambled right and found Justin Horton for an 18-yard third-down conversion. Three plays later, Weeden found Hubert Anyiam for 27 yards on third-and-9 down to the Colorado 28. On the next play, Weeden, again creating time with his underrated mobility, found Justin Blackmon for a 28-yard touchdown.
On the pass to Horton and the touchdown to Blackmon, Weeden threw perfect passes while rolling right after the play broke down.
"He makes a lot of plays like that (in practice),” Blackmon said.