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OSU Report Card: The Cowboys' punter was sharp; New uniforms? Not so much

JENNI CARLSON'S OSU REPORT CARD — Oklahoma State graded high for atmosphere and punting in its 63-34 opening win. It's a good thing there's other uniform combinations to choose from.
By JENNI CARLSON Published: September 3, 2011

On a night Oklahoma State rolled to a 61-34 season-opening victory against Louisiana-Lafayette, everything was not perfect in Cowboy Country. Brandon Weeden threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. The Cowboy quarterback can say this much, though — he didn't look nearly as bad as the OSU uniforms.


One of the main reasons for uniforms? Being able to tell who's who. The numbers on the Cowboys' gray jerseys are nearly impossible to read in the stands. The view on television is a bit better, but it's still tough to distinguish the numbers. On the night that the Cowboys unveiled their new Nike look, the combination of white helmets, gray jerseys and white pants was fine — though the gray had some weird dark panels that looked like big sweat stains — but unless something is done to make the numbers distinguishable, leave the gray jerseys in the equipment closet permanently.


The Cowboy kicker/punter was perfect in his dual-duty debut. Every kickoff except one went into the end zone. Every extra point and field goal was good, including a 46-yard field goal that would've been good from 56 yards. Sharp even made a touchdown-saving tackle in punt coverage during the first half. Can't get any better than that.


The Cowboys rolled up 458 passing yards, but there were definitely times when they were out of sync. Brandon Weeden completed 24 of 39 passes, but he tied a career high with three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. The passing game has to be better moving forward.

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