OSU report card: Hard to give good marks in Cowboys worst performance

by Berry Tramel Published: November 18, 2011
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Easily Oklahoma State's worst performance of the year is reflected in the grades. The high-flying Cowboy offense did not produce, the defense let down at the end and not even the uniforms were up to standard in the Cowboys 37-31 loss in two overtimes.


BRANDON WEEDEN: C

Hard to lose a Heisman Trophy by completing 42 of 58 passes for 476 yards, but Weeden did. Three interceptions, and it could have been more.

DEFENSE: B

Iowa State had 15 possessions in regulation; the Cyclones scored three touchdowns and kicked one filed goal. That's solid defense, not even factoring in three takeaways. But the Cowboys faltered by giving up a quick strike to open overtime.

DISCIPLINE: C

The Cowboys committed 10 penalties for 87 yards. They hadn't been that careless in weeks. The ultimate example – an offsides penalty on defensive end Richetti Jones after Quinn Sharp's punt pinned the Cyclones on their own 1-yard line in the third quarter

FULLHOUSE BACKFIELD: C

The Cowboys used their power package five times in the first half, including four on short-yardage situations. They converted just once, on Brandon Weeden's 27-yard TD pass to Justin Blackmon. OSU didn't go back to the fullhouse in the second half.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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