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Justin Blackmon comes through when OSU needs him most

by John Helsley Published: November 6, 2011

But what about his body of work? And his load-bearing importance to the Cowboys?

With the game and a dream season in the balance against K-State, there he was streaking through the secondary, responding to the Wildcats' late surge into the lead with his 54-yard catch and run. And there he was moments later, when OSU went for two, securing a vital two points that put the Cowboys a full seven points into the lead.

“When my name was called, I just tried to make a play,” Blackmon said.

A bad game for Blackmon?

Seven catches for 57 yards and a score against Tulsa is the closest thing – spanning the past two seasons.

Remember Blackmon's 2010 season, when he claimed the Biletnikoff after posting at least 100 yards with a touchdown in all 12 games he played? While that streak was snapped this season, Blackmon's dominance and game-changing abilities remain.

The Cowboys junior leads the nation with 12 touchdown catches and ranks second in receptions (87), third in receptions per game (9.67) and seventh in receiving yards per game (115.44). And he has a touchdown catch in eight straight games.

Blackmon's two-year totals, with four games still to play: 198 receptions, 2,821 yards and 32 touchdowns, including TDs in 20 of 21 games played.

No Biletnikoff candidate has a chance to own the spotlight quite like Blackmon in the final month. Texas Tech's shaky secondary awaits Saturday, followed by a Friday night ESPN spotlight at Iowa State.

Then, of course, Bedlam.

It's a shame Broyles won't be there, too, making for a fun subplot with a wide receiver showdown/throwdown to settle who's better once and for all.

Maybe Blackmon will just spoil us some more.