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Oklahoma State football: High marks to Weeden2Blackmon and an Orange Fiesta

OSU REPORT CARD: The Cowboys' remarkable passing connection of Brandon Weeden to Justin Blackmon went out in a blaze of glory with a 41-38 Fiesta Bowl victory over Stanford.
by Berry Tramel Published: January 3, 2012

Shoes: D. The Cowboys constantly slipped on University of Phoenix's rolled-out real grass. The only saving grace was that Stanford also had its share of slippage. Blackmon slipped on a slant pattern after catching a short pass, when he had been running over Stanford defenders. Joseph Randle slipped in the open field after catching a short pass in the third quarter. Wide open Kye Staley slipped in the end zone trying to catch a Weeden pass.

Bird watching: A. Challenger, an American bald eagle, was let loose during Tamika Sonja Lawrence's rousing national anthem. He soared above the crowd and landed on his handler's arm on cue, just as the Star-Spangled Banner ended. Fiesta officials say Challenger is the only bald eagle in U.S. history trained to free-fly into sports stadiums during the anthem. Now that's a pregame flyover.

Locker-room adjustments: D. OSU was not good coming out of the locker room in the first and third quarters. The Cowboys made just two first downs combined in those quarters and scored just three points, after a Stanford fumble at its 4-yard line. But in the second and fourth quarters, OSU scored 35 points on five possessions.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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