OSU 65, Tulsa 28: Thoughts and observations
–The No. 1 thing that impressed me about OSU’s dominating win was the fact the Cowboysput their foot on Tulsa’s neck and didn’t let up. The Pokes scored on their first 10 possessions and a lot of it comes from Dana Holgorsen. During postgame when told of that stat, he said “That’s pretty good,” then quickly followed with “I’m kind of upset we didn’t score on the 11th possession” with a laugh… “that’s kind of the objective, to score”
–Great game for Brandon Weeden, I guess Cowboy fans shouldn’t continue to worry about his thumb. His struggles last week were a result of inexperience and mental mistakes, not physical problems with his thumb. Is he in pain? Sure. But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Brandon Weeden is not going to let his thumb keep him from performing at a high level. He proved that tonight.
–A huge, huge portion of the credit for Weeden’s night goes to OSU’s offensive line. Mike Gundy and Dana Holgorsen both singled out the line after the game for their outstanding play. Weeden had 32 pass attempts, zero sacks.
–It was clear Dana wants to lessen the load on Kendall Hunter. Maybe he felt he rode Kendall a little too much in the first two games, that’s why Joseph Randle got significant playing time early on. The freshman running back from Wichita, Kan. started and got several touches during OSU’s opening drive.
–It’s easy to overlook Quinn Sharp. But 12 kickoffs, 10 touchbacks. Very impressive, very consistent. Cowboy fans should enjoy and appreciate him while he’s in Stillwater because I guarantee you’ll miss him when he’s gone.
–OSU averaged 9.4 yards per play. 77 plays, 722 yards. Is Dana Holgorsen earning his paycheck?
–The Pokes scored 21 points in the second quarter, yet had the ball for just 3:15 in that quarter.
–In OSU’s 10 scoring drives to start the game, every single drive was under 3:52 and seven of them were less than two minutes. Safe to say the Pokes offense understands the tempo Dana Holgorsen is looking for.
–The Cowboys improved on third down against Tulsa converting 7 of 12 third down conversion attempts.
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