Texas coach Mack Brown is known for showering opponents with compliments.
Talking Monday about OSU, Brown was back at it, and then some, focusing on the talents of the Cowboys' latest triplets: running back Kendall Hunter, wide receiver Justin Blackmon and quarterback Brandon Weeden.
"It's the best offense I've seen in a long time," Brown said. "It's a lot like what we had in '05 when we won the national championship. They're scoring more than 40 points (a game) and have around 550 yards a game because they can score in different ways.
"They have an All-American running back. They have a receiver that looks like Michael Crabtree. They have a quarterback that is older, more mature, a pro baseball player.
"They've taken the Texas Tech scheme, cut the splits down some, but they're much more balanced. They have a great running game."
TIME SET FOR KU
Kickoff for OSU's Nov. 20 game at Kansas has been set for 11 a.m., with FSN handling the broadcast.
It will mark the Cowboys' fifth appearance on the network this season and their ninth to be televised this season overall.
RIP AND STRIP
Cowboys cornerback Brodrick Brown struck for an early big play against Baylor, ripping the ball from Bears receiver Josh Gordon, then recovering the fumble to set up OSU's first touchdown.
"I ran in there, wrapped the guy up," Brown said, "my hand was on the ball, and he was trying to get more yards. I just ripped the ball out. It spun in the air and I lost it for a moment, then I saw it and ran over and picked it up.
"They said it was the textbook strip, because the ball was spinning in a spiral. It's pretty good to get the fumble and the fumble recovery."
Alone in first place, the Cowboys now find themselves in the driver's seat in the Big 12 South.
Much hinges on the team's trip to Texas, where no OSU team has won since 1944.
"We put it on the back burner," said senior defensive tackle Shane Jarka. "There is no sense in stressing over a game like this. It is just another game. It is a big game, but at this point in the season every game is a big game now."
COWBOYS MAKE MAXWELL CUT
Hunter and Blackmon are included among 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced Monday.
The Cowboys pair form the nation's only 1,000-yard rusher/1,000-yard receiver duo in the country so far. Hunter is the nation's third-leading rusher with 1,240 yards. Blackmon leads all receivers with 1,285 yards and an average of 160.6 per game.
The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the collegiate player of the year in memory of Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell. Voters include head coaches, members of the Maxwell Football Club and sportswriters and broadcasters from across the country.
The list of semifinalists will be trimmed to three finalists Nov. 22.
ROCK THE VOTE: WEEDEN
Weeden is among four players selected by a panel of ESPN analysts as candidates for the AT&T Player of the Week, after posting school records for completions (34) and passing yards (435) in a game against Baylor.
Fan can vote for Weeden by text messaging VOTE to 345345 on their wireless phones until 10:59 Wednesday. Message and data rates may apply.
The winner is announced at halftime of the Thursday ESPN College Football Primetime game.