OSU report card: Cowboys get high marks for resiliency, uniforms

by Jenni Carlson Published: November 5, 2011
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This game had all the requisite ups and downs of an instant classic. But much like the final score, the Cowboys had more positives than minuses in the end. Nothing was more positive than their ability to hang in there when the going got tough.

RESILIENCY: A+

You can't fault these Cowboys' grit. When everything seemed stacked against them, they just kept coming. After K-State went ahead 38-37, OSU answered with a two-play touchdown drive. And after K-State answered that, OSU put together a four-play, 65-yard drive. Then the Cowboy defense held despite a 15-play drive by the Wildcats.

JUSTIN BLACKMON: B-

Not one of the Cowboy star's greatest games. Usually sure handed, Blackmon fumbled not once but twice. A mishandled punt in the first quarter gave K-State life after OSU scored 14 quick points. Then with the Cowboys clinging to a four-point lead late in the third quarter, he fumbled at the K-State 1-yard line. His mistakes likely cost OSU 10 points, but he made up for it, finishing with 13 catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns.

RUN DEFENSE: C-

The Cowboys knew that Wildcat quarterback Collin Klein was going to run, but they did little to slow him. Klein rushed for 144 yards on 29 carries. The only thing that slowed him down was his offensive coordinator. With first and goal from the 5-yard line in the final seconds of the game, K-State went to the air on back-to-back plays. Both were incomplete.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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