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OSU's Brandon Weeden, Joseph Randle lead Cowboys to blowout win over Arizona

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Modified: September 9, 2011 at 10:28 am •  Published: September 8, 2011

STILLWATER — In four days, Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden watched the game film from the Cowboys’ season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette four times.

He wanted to make sure he identified what exactly went wrong Saturday, when he tossed three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

“I threw some good balls last week, but there were also some glaring things that just kind of bothered me and I just wanted to nip those in the bud,” Weeden said.

Weeden responded with a historic performance Thursday night, as he broke his own OSU record with 42 completions in the No. 8 Cowboys’ 37-14 victory over Arizona at Boone Pickens Stadium.

“I was just dialed in early,” Weeden said. “I think I was making good decisions, and I think that’s the thing I didn’t do last week.”

The senior quarterback finished the night with 397 passing yards and two touchdowns, both on almost identical fade routes into the right corner of the end zone to his main target, Justin Blackmon.

“He’s pretty amazing,” Arizona coach Mike Stoops said. “He threw the ball on a couple third downs into some pretty tight windows. He’s pretty special.”

Weeden was sharp from the beginning, starting the game 13-for-13 to help pace OSU to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.

On the Cowboys’ second possession of the game, Weeden hooked up with Blackmon for the first time down the middle of the field for a 29-yard gain. Later on the drive, he floated it perfectly to Blackmon into the corner of the end zone from three yards away.

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