Saturday was a historic day for the Cowboys, and their grades from the 70-28 beatdown of the Jayhawks reflect it. High marks to the offense and the defense. Heck, even the uniform combination was spot on.
PASSING ATTACK: A
It didn't matter whether it was Brandon Weeden and the first teamers or Clint Chelf and the backups. The Cowboy passing attack was sharp all day long. Weeden was 24 of 28 for 288 yards and five touchdowns while Chelf was 14 of 21 for 206 yards and two touchdowns. A combined 77.6 percent completion rate? Yowza.
RUNNING GAME: C
Kansas gave up more than 600 yards rushing earlier this season against Georgia Tech, so it seemed like a big ground day was in the offing for OSU. But the Cowboys managed only 106 yards on 27 carries. Even though they did their damage through the air, they didn't get much production from Joseph Randle (seven carries, 23 yards), Jeremy Smith (three for 39) or Hershel Sims (seven for 22). Just an average day for the Cowboy run game.
Black helmets. Black jerseys. Orange pants. The Cowboys' best look of the season. While the black jerseys and black pants against Arizona looked sharp, the black helmets moved Saturday's combo to the top of the heap. We hadn't seen the flat-black helmets yet this season. Sharp look.
OUT-OF-THE-LOCKERROOM STARTS: D-
Even in a game like this, everything can't be an A. The Cowboys gave up a touchdown on the Jayhawks' first possession of the game, then punted on their first possession of the second half. That's about all the Cowboys did wrong, though.
The attendance of 58,030 was the second-largest home crowd in school history. A 49-point lead and looming rain sent lots of folks to the exits at halftime, but you really can't blame them for skedaddling. The fact that about 10,000 stayed to the cold, rainy end is impressive. Here's guessing those were some of the same folks who stayed for that Tulsa game.
The OSU backups got some serious playing time against Kansas. Weeden and Blackmon were on the bench before halftime, and it wasn't long before most of the other starters joined them there. While the Jayhawks scored 21 points after halftime, the Cowboys' second-teamers scored 14 points.
CLEAN GAME: A
In a blowout like this, it would've been easy for the Cowboys to get sloppy. Didn't happen. OSU had only five penalties for 35 yards and just four of them came after halftime when the rout was on.