“Tracy made a lot of plays early in the game when they were going over the top of Blackmon, taking him away,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “Tracy was not only in the right place, but he made some nice catches.”
Blackmon, as always, got his, leading OSU with eight catches for 144 yards. But there's always going to be more for the taking. On any given night, a bulk could go to Anyiam or Cooper or Harrison.
“That was the thought over the whole summer,” Moore said. “They're going to double-team Justin. They're looking at Justin. This is our chance – me, Coop, Hubert, Mike, guys like that – we're just looking like it's our chance.
“And in order for Justin to have the season he needs to have, we're going to have to step up and make plays, where they can't guard Justin.”
The summer was about more than that, too, for Moore.
It was a time to slim down – Moore dropped some 20 pounds from 235 to 215 – and shape up, as in growing up.
The Dallas shenanigans showed him that.
“After that, I started to see playing time die a little bit,” Moore said. “And I kind of took it to heart. Over the summer, I said, ‘It's over. Now you've got to come back and you've got to come back stronger, two times stronger than you were last year.'
“That's what I planned on doing.”
So far, so good.
“Tracy's stepping up,” Weeden said, “there's no doubt about it. He's competitive. He wants the ball. When he does things right, good things happen.”