The stat sheet never lies. But sometimes it does mislead.
And there in another big Brandon Weeden passing performance (351 yards and five touchdowns against Louisiana-Lafayette), was the one "yeah, but..." negative: two interceptions.
A closer look at the two picks, however, reveals nothing disturbing enough to raise eyebrows or concerns with the Cowboys quarterback.
On Weeden's first interception — both came in the first half — he was actually on target with a throw intended for Bo Bowling crossing over the middle, but the ball glanced off Bowling's hands and into the arms of a Cajuns defender. Weeden may have put a little too much zip on the throw, but it wasn't an poor throw or decision.
The second interception came on a heave with just one second remaining in the opening half as the Cowboys were trying to get into closer range for a Dan Bailey field goal try.
The most curious thing about that turnover is actually found in the next item...
OK, so Dan Bailey had already boomed through a career-long 52-yard field goal — and would add a second from that distance later.
So why, with just :08 remaining before halftime and the ball on the Lafayette 38, were the Cowboys so concerned with picking up modest yardage when time was such a factor?
Bailey's two long field goals cleared with room to spare. And a try before half, with the line of scrimmage the 38, would have meant a 55-yarder.
Mike Gundy and Co. might have been better off playing it safe and taking their shot with Bailey's leg.
Bailey scored 18 of OSU's 54 points, with four field goals and six extra points.
And while the final tally, 54-28, suggests rout, there were some anxious moments. And Bailey, who got the scoring started with his first field goal, kept distance from the Cajuns in the second half, with field goals on three consecutive drives during a stretch that spanned late in the third quarter and early in the fourth.
Are outsiders catching on to Justin Blackmon yet?
This isn't the same guy who played passively in pass patters a year ago, allowing himself to be muscled by physical defensive backs.
The 2010 version of Justin Blackmon is bringing the attitude. And the goods.
Against Lafayette, Blackmon caught a career-best 13 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns, reminding of some past Cowboys greats along the way.
Blackmon's first touchdown grab came on what is becoming a familiar fade, ala Rashaun Woods. Cajuns corner Orkeys Auriene was even flagged for pass interference, yet couldn't stop Blackmon, who used Woods-like body control to position himself and make the grab.
The second touchdown came on a jump-ball throw from Weeden, with Blackmon leaping between two defenders, hauling in the ball and trotting into the end zone all in Dez Bryant fashion.
OSU's balanced its defensive aggressiveness early, playing soft coverage on receivers off the line when blitzing.
Lafayette countered with short out routes, screen passes and shovel passes, which were effective when pressure was late. That's where the Cajuns got much of their 334 passing yards.
The Cowboys shored that up in the second half, pressing the receivers more off the line and doing a better job of rushing the throws of Cajuns quarterback Chris Masson.
Having just retaken the lead at 24-21 in the third quarter, Cowboys coaches called for an onside kick try.
Risky, for sure, with momentum at stake, although OSU got the ball right back on an interception from Andrew McGee.
And yet, everything was set up just right for the Cowboys, as surely seen through tendencies found in previous game tapes. OSU had Lafayette outnumbered 6-2 to the right side, where the kick was sent.
What the Cowboys couldn't have counted on, a lack of leg from kicker Quinn Sharp, who leads the nation in touchbacks. Sharp topped the kickoff like a Titleist and the ball never traveled the required 10 yards, with ULL recovering while the Cowboys waited for it to roll.