The Miami Dolphins were the winners Saturday night in a preseason matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, 25-20, but the real victors were former Oklahoma State players on the field.
Stillwater-turned-Dallas Cowboys were behind every point scored for coach Jason Garrett’s team.
Kicker Dan Bailey knocked in two field goals and two extra points. Quarterback Brandon Weeden threw a 27-yard touchdown pass. And cornerback Tyler Patmon hauled in an interception, then ran it back 9 yards for a score.
Four other former OSU players are also on the roster this preseason: running back Joseph Randle, wide receiver Dez Bryant, linebacker Orie Lemon and safety Johnny Thomas.
“We still have communication with them and I hear they’re doing really well,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “I’m not sure that there’s another school that’s in our conferences at this level that’s had that many players that have made it this far on one NFL team.”
FSU SECONDARY EXTREMELY CONFIDENT
Florida State lost two key pieces of its defensive backfield to the 2014 NFL Draft in Lamarcus Joyner, a second-round pick, and Terrence Brooks, a third-round pick.
But that’s done little to alter the confidence of the Seminoles’ returning cornerbacks and safeties.
That group includes junior PJ Williams, an anticipated first-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, and sophomore Jalen Ramsey, who started every game at cornerback last season as a true freshman — the first to do so for FSU since Deion Sanders back in 1985.
“Anyone can say that we're cocky,” Ramsey told the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper. “We don't really care about that. We just know that we're confident, we're convinced that we're the best ... We want to be the best, we believe we're the best, so we're gonna work like the best and then play like the best.”
QUOTABLE: FORMER OSU WIDEOUT DEZ BRYANT
Dallas’ Bryant was relaxing on the sideline during the third quarter Saturday night.
So the local TV broadcast crew had the former Oklahoma State star on for a quick interview. When Bryant was asked about Weeden, he told a classic story of the first time they met in Stillwater.
Bryant: “The first time I seen Weeden, it was like 7 o’clock in the morning and we (were) putting up for our first workout. I knew he was a lot older than us, and I see him pull up in a 745 BMW. I was like, ‘Man … (laughter.)”
Announcer: “How did he get that car?”
Bryant: “Right, right, that’s exactly what I was thinking. Then one of the guys told me he played baseball.”
Bryant and Weeden were teammates at Oklahoma State from 2007 to 2009.