OSU notebook: Cowboys' Brodrick Brown has a night to remember...and forget

by John Helsley Modified: November 28, 2010 at 8:05 am •  Published: November 28, 2010

Oklahoma State's Brodrick Brown found himself all over the highlight shows Saturday night.

Good and bad.

The sophomore cornerback came up big in the first half, picking off one pass and playing a major part in another on a tip drill worthy of play of the year consideration.

With Sooners quarterback Landry Jones trying to throw a ball away, Brown leaped over the sideline into the OU bench area, grabbing the pass and — before ever touching down — flipped the ball back into the field of play for Shaun Lewis to intercept.

Brown, however, would rather forget a series of fourth-quarter plays that saw the Sooners turn back an OSU rally.

First, he dropped an interception, one play before the Sooners struck for an 86-yard touchdown pass on a third-and-12 play.

Brown was on the field moments later, after Justin Gilbert's kickoff return put the Pokes back in the game, as the Sooners struck again, this time for a 76-yard scoring pass.

In fairness to Brown, and the Cowboys defense, they were on the field too much, after a slow-starting offense and turnovers kept sending them back on the field in the first half. Overall, the Sooners ran a staggering 107 plays.

“It was an issue,” said OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young. “Our corners were cramping up all night long.

“It shows obviously we have to get a little depth in that area. It's unfair for us to put them in those situations.”

LINE DANCE

The Cowboys played much of the game without starting left tackle Nick Martinez, who suffered a broken hand a week ago at Kansas. Martinez started, but struggled with the hand battles that take place along the line.

The absence of Martinez forced some shuffling, with right tackle Levy Adcock shifting to the left side and backup Jordan Taormina slipping into Adcock's spot.

COSTLY PENALTY

The Cowboys defense was getting off the field at a key juncture in the second quarter, only to be sent back out due to a roughing the kicker penalty.

OU already led 14-10, when the Sooners faced fourth-and-15 from the OSU 40. The Cowboys called for a block, and nearly got there, with Gilbert was flagged when he was knocked into Sooners punter Tress Way.

The Sooners scored four plays later to go ahead 21-10.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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