Dana Holgorsen is poised to call plays for one final time when Oklahoma State battles Arizona in the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29. The Cowboys' former offensive coordinator and future West Virginia head coach has spent the last year mentoring quarterback Brandon Weeden in his offense.
As well as Weeden knows the offense, the All-Big 12 quarterback isn't quite ready to take over the Pokes' potent attack. Asked in jest if he could take over the play calling duties from Holgorsen if needed, Weeden said: â€œI don't think they want that to happen. I'll throw it 75 times. (Offensive line coach) Joe Wickline wouldn't be very happy, I promise you.â€
Turns out, Weeden has some limited experience calling plays.
â€œI called plays at practice the other day, it's hard,â€ he said. â€œTo get the play in quickly, to know what you're calling and why you're calling it, it's not easy. I was flustered.â€
â€œUm, what do I want to do? What do I want to do? Um, run it!â€
Arizona coach Mike Stoops has plenty of respect for the Cowboys program. Watching OSU take on Oklahoma during Bedlam on Nov. 27 only increased that respect despite the Pokes' 47-41 loss.
â€œI know what kind of players Oklahoma has, and to watch Oklahoma State compete like that, you can see they are a different team and program than they have been in the past,â€ Stoops said.Â â€œThey keep knocking on the door if you keep doing that, something will happen.Â They are very close to making an elite step that is very difficult to do ... we are trying to do that as well.â€
The final third of OSU's season was the most explosive for the offense.
In the month of November, the Cowboys averaged 558.3 total yards per game and 7.3 yards per play as OSU gained 2,233 yards in four games, according to cfbstats.com.
In its most explosive game of the month, OSU gained 725 yards in its 55-28 win over Baylor on Nov. 6.