Just like that, the Cowboys led 31-3.
And those three consecutive touchdown possessions, Blackmon caught five passes for 76 yards to help him reach his 13th consecutive game with 100 yards receiving by halftime.
In all, OSU's 666 yards of total offense was the ninth-best output in school history.
But that's something that OSU fans have become used to seeing — and what the Cowboys themselves have come to expect.
“We didn't play perfect or anything, but I think there's a lot of potential in this offense,” Randle said. “We did a lot of good things. But we had a few mistakes, and we're going to go fix them.”
Those mistakes included Weeden's three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. And after moving the ball down the field with ease on its first possession, the offense stalled inside the 10 and had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Quinn Sharp.
Coaches and players gave themselves mixed reviews. But that second-quarter stretch showed that, no matter who's now calling the plays, the Cowboys can be the same dynamic offense they were in 2010.
“The concern would be if we (turned the ball over) and we had like 200 yards of offense,” Monken said. “That would be a real pain in the rear end, but we didn't have that. We moved (the ball).”