Of course, there was plenty of offense on this day. Brandon Weeden completed 31 of 37 passes for 425 yards and five touchdowns, while Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper both had more than 100 receiving yards. The Cowboys scored on seven of their first eight possessions to lead 49-0 at halftime.
And for the seventh time in 10 games, the OSU defense held up its end before intermission by allowing one offensive touchdown or less in the first half.
The difference Saturday, however, was that carried over to the second half, when teams tend to rack up yards and points against OSU because the game is already out of hand. The Cowboys stopped two Tech drives in OSU territory on unsuccessful fourth-down plays and forced three punts after the break.
“There are a ton of games, if you look earlier in the season, if we would have played our second half like we did today, it would have been the exact same thing,” OSU defensive end Cooper Bassett said. “We took it upon ourselves that we didn't give up any points.
“We went out there and just wanted to be a proud, prideful defense and take care of business. It was awesome doing that.”
The Cowboy defense will not face a spread that mirrors what OSU runs when they travel to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State on Friday. But defensive end Jamie Blatnick said he was pleased with how the Cowboys responded after a “sloppy” performance against K-State.
“Who would have thought we'd come out here and not let them get in the end zone?” Blatnick said. “I don't know the numbers or anything, but I felt like we played a good game. We had a great week of practice and we prepared for it.
“We had great keys—we knew where they were running before they were running it. That preparation showed today.”