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No. 3 OSU survives scare from No. 17 K-State

OSU FOOTBALL — Brandon Weeden threw for a school-record 502 yards and four touchdowns, and Joseph Randle scored the final, tie-breaking 23-yard touchdown with 2:16 remaining to lift No. 3 Oklahoma State to a 52-45 victory against No. 17 Kansas State on Saturday night.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Modified: November 6, 2011 at 12:13 am •  Published: November 5, 2011

/articleid/3620709/1/pictures/1554426">Photo - The OSU sideline reacts as Oklahoma State's James Thomas (22) returns an intercepted tipped pass during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
The OSU sideline reacts as Oklahoma State's James Thomas (22) returns an intercepted tipped pass during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“We move so fast,” Weeden said. “Basically, every time we touch it is a two-minute offense. There was no worry on our sideline. We knew we were going to come out and score.”

Much like his Cowboy team, which scored 20 straight points after trailing 24-14 early in the second quarter, Weeden responded after a shaky first half where he tossed two interceptions, including one that was returned by Allen Chapman for a 60-yard touchdown to give K-State a 10-point lead.

Those interceptions didn’t matter much to Weeden after the game.

“The touchdowns,” Weeden said of what he’ll remember. “We won. The interceptions are over. That’s part of playing as a quarterback.”

With Josh Cooper unavailable to play because of a pulled hamstring, Blackmon and Tracy Moore were Weeden’s primary targets. Blackmon finished with 13 catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns, while Moore had nine catches for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Blackmon got his own redemption on the 54-yard touchdown catch. He fumbled twice, including once near the goal line that was recovered by David Garrett in the end zone to halt a potential scoring drive.

“The good new is, both of those guys, our quarterback and our wideout, believe in themselves and just bounce right back and play,” OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken said.


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