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Brandon Weeden's two interceptions are no fatal flaws

by John Helsley Modified: October 11, 2010 at 9:01 am •  Published: October 10, 2010

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?

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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