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OSU report card: Cowboys pass rush, blasts from the past get high marks

In Berry Tramel's Oklahoma State report card, the Cowboys got good grades in most phases of the game.
by Berry Tramel Modified: September 5, 2010 at 5:36 pm •  Published: September 4, 2010

Nostalgia: A

From Dana Holgorsen's extended use of a fullhouse backfield to the classy pre-game video tribute for the late Bob Fenimore to Kendall Hunter's 257-yard game, the night saluted OSU's rich running past.

Brandon Weeden: B

Great numbers on his starting debut — 22 of 30, 218 yards, three touchdowns — but Weeden was a little sluggish out of the gate. He held the ball a little long, didn't take the easy completion and still completed just five of his first 10 throws.

Fans: C

The crowd of 48,962 was OK —superb for a previous era — but this is 2010. The Cowboys have established 50,000 as a minimum threshold.

Pass rush: A

Richetti Jones and Co. dogged WSU quarterback Jeff Tuel all night, resulting in three sacks, several flushes and a .467 completion percentage.

Quinn Sharp: A

Ten kickoffs, nine touchbacks. Plus seven punts for a 45.7-yard average. Quite a night.

Pass defense: C

Good thing Tuel was rushed. WSU receivers frequently ran free in the secondary. Big plays happen. But unencumbered big plays are a problem. Better teams will take advantage of that.

Boone Pickens honesty: A

Like him or loathe him, the OSU benefactor talks straight. He expects at least eight wins in this rebuilding season and said so.