LUBBOCK, Texas — Pistol Pete went without his six-shooter Saturday.
Told by the Texas Rangers that he couldn't have his gun on the field at Texas Tech, he packed up his holster and his firearm before the game even started. Never mind that it shoots blanks. Never mind that this is the most Wild West of hamlets in the Big 12.
“I felt naked out there,” he said afterward.
No pistol for Pistol Pete.
But make no mistake, there was still a big-time gunslinger on the field.
On an afternoon Oklahoma State rolled Texas Tech 66-6, Brandon Weeden took dead aim at the Red Raiders. He completed 83.8 percent of his attempts. He threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns.
And here's the most amazing thing about the Cowboy quarterback's day — he made no obvious mistakes.
Weeden just keeps getting better.
“He kind of blows my mind,” Cowboy receiver Josh Cooper said. “That's just Brandon, man. He seems to surprise every time.”
Just when you think you've seen everything out of Weeden, he does something else that raises eyebrows and wows haters.
A week ago, it was the way he didn't blink when the Cowboys faced their toughest test of the season. On their last two possessions against Kansas State, he led an offense that needed only six plays to score two touchdowns.
This week, it was a surgical dissection of Texas Tech.
Now, the Red Raider defense isn't going to be confused with the Iron Curtain defense or anything, but these guys did cause fits at Oklahoma a few weeks ago. The Sooners had six three-and-outs in that game.
Weeden had only six incompletions against that same Texas Tech defense on Saturday.
And remember, it was a windy day on the plains of West Texas. The breeze was steadily blowing around 25 miles per hour, but it was gusting near 40.
Weeden was unaffected. Didn't matter if he had the wind at his back or in his face.
“The wind was definitely swirling,” Weeden said. “But for the most part, I think I threw the ball pretty well.”
Hard to argue with that.
“He can really spin it, and he can really cut the wind,” Cowboy offensive coordinator Todd Monken said, “so it doesn't affect him like a lot of other guys.”
Seems that very little affects Weeden. Wind. Defenses. Pressure. Mistakes. Success. He has a great ability to put all of it to the side and just go to work every week.