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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys defense set the curve with game for the ages

OKLAHOMA STATE REPORT CARD: By forcing Oklahoma to punt five times on its seven possessions, the Cowboy defense set the stage for the 44-10 stunner.
by Jenni Carlson Published: December 3, 2011
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This was a big-time performance from Jamie Blatnick, Richetti Jones and Co. The Cowboy defensive front seven pressured Sooner quarterback Landry Jones, forced turnovers and set the tone all night. The Blatnick fumble return to the OU 1-yard line and the Richetti Jones fumble return for a touchdown were fitting cherries on top of a great night.

DEFENSIVE SECONDARY: A

The Cowboy secondary was as good as it's ever been this season, particularly Brodrick Brown and Justin Gilbert. Both Cowboy defensive backs had interceptions, but more than that, they played consistently great coverage on the Sooner receivers. Even though OU had 250 yards passing, that number could've been even bigger considering that the Sooners almost entirely abandoned the run game. The Cowboy secondary held the pass game in check.

COOPER INVOLVEMENT: C

Josh Cooper had only four catches for six yards, not nearly his normal productive night. Of the balls thrown his way, most were screens or swing passes and there was little room to run after. Getting the senior wide receiver more involved might've made the blowout even bigger.

HALFTIME TRIBUTE: A

The OSU and OU marching bands combined to play “Amazing Grace” in tribute to Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna, and Olin and Paula Branstetter. The plane crash that killed the OSU women's basketball coaches and boosters brought together Cowboys and Sooners in the days after, so the show of camaraderie was refreshing.

HOSPITALITY: B

No reports of ugliness among Cowboy and Sooner faithful at Boone Pickens Stadium, a grand development considering the late kickoff. But the OSU game ops folks had a bit of unnecessary roughness at OU's expense late in the game, playing the “Jaws” theme and poking fun at the Sooners' self-proclaimed “Sharks” defense. The Cowboys were up 44-3 at that point. Unnecessary — but still kind of funny.

By Jenni Carlson

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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