OSU report card: Cowboys' poor tackling, third-down conversions get poor marks

by Jenni Carlson Modified: October 24, 2010 at 6:59 am •  Published: October 23, 2010

TACKLING: D-

Oklahoma State tackled poorly from start to finish. Sure, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez is tough to bring down, but the Cowboys struggled to wrap up anyone from Nebraska.

THIRD-DOWN CONVERSIONS: D

The Cowboy offense failed to convert them enough and the Cowboys defense failed to stop them enough. OSU was 3 of 13 while Nebraska was 8 of 18. It's tough to win games with the combination of those stats.

CROWD: A-

The biggest game of the season drew easily the biggest crowd at Boone Pickens Stadium — 55,935 — but it still wasn't a sellout. OSU fans came out in force, though, and a strong, red-clad Nebraska contingent only added to the lively atmosphere.

COVERAGE TEAMS: F

OSU's kickoff and punt coverage teams couldn't have been much worse. They gave up a 100-yard kickoff return in the first half, but more than that, the poor coverage forced Quinn Sharp to kick short or to the boundary to try to negate Nebraska's return game. It was a mess.

QUINN SHARP: A

The Cowboy kicker/punter tried everything to make up for his lacking coverage teams, and while the stats may reflect poorly on him, he did a heck of a job. He averaged 60.4 yards a punt and kicked the ball deep in the end zone in the second half when he realized that his coverage teams weren't going to help him much.

HOMECOMING: A+

The Cowboy faithful already know it, but homecoming at OSU is like no other. Even if you aren't an OSU fan, it's worth the drive to Stillwater to see the house decorations. It's amazing what can be done with colored tissue paper.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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