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OSU football notebook: Cowboys coach Mike Gundy says that'll be enough excitement

by John Helsley Published: November 6, 2011

“I don't do that anymore.”

BIG GAME, BIG CROWD

OSU's crowd of 58,895 on Saturday set the single-game home attendance record.

The previous best mark was 58,516, established against Texas in 2009.

This season, the Cowboys have had five of the nine largest home crowds in school history. In addition to No. 1 vs. Kansas State, OSU had the third-largest crowd vs. Baylor, the fourth-largest against Kansas, the eighth-largest vs. Louisiana-Lafayette and the ninth-largest against Arizona.

WEEDEN'S GOES 500-PLUS

Brandon Weeden's 502 yards passing against K-State was the most ever by an OSU quarterback.

He became the first Cowboy to go over the 500-yard mark while also surpassing his previous career best of 438 yards, set earlier this season at Texas A&M.

Weeden's biggest yards came in the last five minutes of the game. He went 4 for 5 for 106 yards on the Cowboys' last two drives, both of which ended in must-have touchdowns.

"We knew we were never out of it," Weeden said. "We practice every Wednesday with our two-minute drill. There was no worry on the sideline because we knew we were going to go down and score."

MOORE'S BIG NIGHT

Tracy Moore had 123 yards in the first half, only 3 yards shy of his last four games combined.

The wide receiver finished with a career-high nine catches and 146 yards.

"I was definitely in that zone," Moore said. "I really don't know how to explain it. Somebody had to step up and make a play and I said, 'Why not me?'"

Moore filled the void left by Cooper's absence. He has been battling a hamstring injury and did not play Saturday.

"I'm definitely proud of my brothers," Moore said. "We stuck with it, and we played an amazing game. We gave up some turnovers, but that's something that's rare for our offense. Justin doesn't really fumble much, and Weeden doesn't really throw picks that much.

"It was kind of an up and down game, but I'm proud of my brothers."

RANDLE MOVES UP TD CHART

Cowboy running back Joseph Randle scored a pair of rushing touchdowns Saturday, giving him 18 this season.

That moved him to third in school history, ahead of OSU legend Thurman Thomas on the single-season chart. Randle needs four more rushing touchdowns to move past Terry Miller into second place.

Safe to assume Randle won't get that top spot this season — Barry Sanders had 37 rushing touchdowns in 1988.

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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