STILLWATER — Richetti Jones did not like the collective locker-room demeanor as Oklahoma State prepared to face Kansas on Saturday afternoon.
His Cowboy teammates were too subdued. Even lackadaisical.
“They had to get juiced up,” Jones said. “They were just cruising. (I said) ‘Nah, this is not gonna happen. We can't allow it.'”
OSU responded to Jones’ juicing with one of the most dominating performances in school history.
The Cowboys tied the school's modern-era record for most points scored in a game, as they rolled to a 70-28 victory over the Jayhawks at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“I've never been a part of anything like that,” OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden said.
It was a rare afternoon where Weeden and the rest of the OSU first-team offense could throw on baseball caps before the first half was over, because their work was already done.
The No. 6 Cowboys (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) answered a KU 10-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Webb to Tim Biere on the Jayhawks' first drive of the game with their own touchdown — on every possession before the break — to seize a 56-7 advantage.
“That’s pretty efficient,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “Some days, things just work. You hit a golf ball and it hits a tree limb and bounces back on the fairway.”
And the scores came quickly.
Each of OSU's first-quarter touchdowns drives lasted less than two minutes. Weeden hit Josh Cooper, Justin Blackmon and Hubert Anyiam twice for scores, and Jeremy Smith got into the end zone untouched on a 38-yard scamper down the sideline.
“We really didn't even go to our whole game plan, the stuff we really put in against their defense,” Weeden said. “We just played our base offense and played really fast and executed, and that's good. If you can do that, I'd be pretty fired up about it.”
Weeden finished with 288 passing yards and with more touchdown passes (five) than incomplete passes (four) to set a school record with an 86 percent completion percentage.
But the first-half onslaught had as much to do with the defense as the offense. OSU forced four turnovers before the break, all of which gave the Cowboys the ball inside the Jayhawks' 35-yard line.
“(We tell the offense), ‘Just relax,'” OSU defensive end Jamie Blatnick said. “We're going to get turnovers and give you the ball back, I promise. We're going to do it every time. It's what we do.”
OSU's next contest, a trip to Austin to take on Texas, should be considerably tougher. But Gundy said he likes his team's chemistry and attitude moving forward.
“It will be an important step for us,” Gundy said of the Texas game. “The guys need to enjoy (Saturday night) and come back (Sunday) fresh and ready to practice. Texas has good players, so they will be all revved up and ready to go with a top-10 team coming into their stadium. It will be a big game.”