STILLWATER—The performance by the Oklahoma State offense Saturday night against Louisiana-Lafayette was not flawless.
But a stretch at the beginning of the second quarter showed that the Cowboys' quick-strike attack is still alive under new offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
Brandon Weeden spread the ball around, but particularly began finding his main target in Justin Blackmon. Joseph Randle complemented the passing game by whipping off some nifty runs in his first career start.
And in less than five minutes, the Cowboys scored 21 unanswered points, which created the distance necessary to come away with a 61-34 victory against the Ragin' Cajuns in their season opener at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“The second quarter was great — run plays, blocking up front,” Weeden said. “Everything just clicked. It was one of those deals that no matter what you call, it was going to work.
“We need four quarters of that.”
After starting the game, 4-for-10 passing, Weeden “got in the flow” of the game once the clock switched to the second quarter. He completed all seven passes — to five different receivers — on OSU's first possession of the period before Jeremy Smith took the ball in from a yard out to give the Pokes a 17-3 lead.
“I got a feel for what (the ULL defense was) trying to do,” Weeden said. “They were blitzing and they were trying to put pressure on me and keep me on the ground. I was just getting the ball out quick, and I was throwing to the right guy and it was on time. Early on, it was a little bit late.”
And when ULL went three-and-out on its next two possessions, OSU wasted little time.
The Cowboys scored 14 points in 2:18 on a pair of four-play drives, one capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass from Weeden to Josh Cooper and the other on a 4-yard score from Randle.