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.
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.
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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