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OSU 36, Arizona 10: Thoughts and observations

by John Helsley Published: December 30, 2010
A 11-2 season and Alamo Bowl win means a celebration
A 11-2 season and Alamo Bowl win means a celebration

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—    Did you expect anything less from this Oklahoma State team? They did what they were supposed to do, which is win comfortably against a team they are better than.

—    It was clear OSU wanted it more and the 11-win season was important to the Pokes.

—    The defense won the Alamo Bowl. Three turnovers and they allowed only 390 yards on 88 plays. That’s 4.2 yards per play. Bill Young’s group was superb. So much for the high-scoring shootout.

Do you think Orie Lemon can dunk? I do.
Do you think Orie Lemon can dunk? I do.

—    Tonight’s pass rush may have been the best pass rush I saw all season from OSU. Five sacks and plenty of hurries on Nick Foles.

—    Anytime you have a plus-4 turnover margin, you are probably going to win.

—    Lou Groza Award winner Dan Bailey deserves strong recognition. Everyone wondered what would happen with Quinn Sharp out and Bailey was 3 of 3 field goals including a 50-yarder and had five punts averaging 39 yards per punt. He was outstanding as well. Both of OSU’s national award winners showed why they earned national honors.

—    OSU set a physical tone and that’s a big reason they won the game.

—    Justin Blackmon earned the MVP honors with his performance. Simply outstanding. He’s the best receiver in college football.

Um, hello, Arizona? No. 81 won the Biletnikoff you realize?
Um, hello, Arizona? No. 81 won the Biletnikoff you realize?

—    One overlooked stat from the Cowboy offense: ZERO turnovers.

—    I was surprised to see Kendall Hunter finish with just 10 carries but OSU only ran 61 total plays.

—    Arizona had 25 first downs, 370 total yards and was 9 of 21 on third down. But scored just 10 points. Another example of the Pokes’ defense making plays when they need to.

—    Unusual game for the offense, they finished with 312 total yards but they did put up three touchdowns and three field goals.

—    Orie Lemon is the Justin Blackmon of OSU’s defense. He had 14 tackles and is amazingly consistent and he makes plays. Every game. He will be greatly missed.

—    Shaun Lewis will be one of the Big 12’s top defenders next season, I’m calling it now.

—    Brodrick Brown is another guy who gets overlooked. He’s always around the ball, “Pitbull” is the perfect nickname for him.

Markelle Martin will be a core member of OSU's defense
Markelle Martin will be a core member of OSU's defense

—    OSU’s offense never really got on track. 4 of 13 on third down, five punts, 72 rushing yards, 240 passing yards. Those aren’t normal numbers. But they got the win and that’s all that matters.

—    Bottom line: Mike Gundy’s program took a huge step forward in 2010. 11-2 record in a rebuilding season. OSU could be on the cusp of something special.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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