OSU’s Brandon Weeden throws a pass during Thursday’s game. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Still, it was impressive then.
And it was again Thursday night.
Weeden rallied the Pokes not once, but twice, after the Buffaloes returned a kickoff for a touchdown to regain the lead just moments after Weeden’s 47-yard pass play to running back Keith Toston.
Weeden’s final stats: 10-of-15 passing for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Along with the scoring pass to Toston, he made a play with his legs, rolling right and firing a pass to Justin Blackmon from 28 yards out for the game winner.
"Weed-man came in and, obviously, he’s blessed by his arm, or he wouldn’t have been in pro baseball,” Brewer said. "And he delivered some balls. And we made some plays.”
Brewer even threw out a baseball term in reference to Weeden’s fastballs.
"He just stayed in there, hung in there and kept throwing it in there,” Brewer said. "I kept giving him the ’ol one ball, and he kept throwing the heater.”
Weeden did it despite getting few practice reps and less game experience.
Coaches admitted some surprise, suggesting they’d only seen glimpses of what Weeden did in workouts.
Weeden wasn’t at all surprised with himself.
"To be honest with you, no,” said the former Edmond Santa Fe standout. "I’m not a practice player, I’m more a game-type player. It’s just fun.”
Thursday night was fun.
"That’s one of the most fun times I’ve had in any sport in my life,” Weeden said. "No doubt about it.”