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OSU football notebook: Cowboys' drops not a concern, yet

BY JOHN HELSLEY and GINA MIZELL, Staff Writers Published: October 22, 2011

“I could sit there and say, ‘Oh, it's going to suck.' But there's nothing I can do to change it. So just come out and have fun.”

The Cowboys also ended Mizzou's 10-game home winning streak, the Tigers' longest home streak since 2008 – when OSU also snapped a 10-game MU run on Faurot Field.

KEEPING UP WITH JONES

When Blatnick picked off a pass by Kansas quarterback Joe Webb two weeks ago, teammate Richetti Jones gave him a good ribbing for not scoring.

Blatnick had a chance to return the favor Saturday, as Jones snagged his first-career interception in the fourth quarter against MU quarterback James Franklin but did not make a trip to the end zone.  

Blatnick was just happy Jones caught the ball – a pass that Blatnick tipped.

“I batted that ball and it went right at him,” Blatnick said. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, you better catch that.' He was bobbling and clapping and I saw those skillets (for hands) clanging. I was like, ‘C'mon, catch it.'

“I told him, ‘I was this close to coming over there and taking it from you.' But he caught it and made the play. And I was excited.”

WHERE'S THE R-E-S-P-E-C-T?

OSU stands No. 6 in the rankings and No. 4 in the BCS Standings; so clearly, the Cowboys are getting their due.

And yet, national pundits were quick to put OSU on “upset alert” Saturday. And it often takes some time for the TV analysts to get around to talking about one of the nation's top-ranked teams.

“There's so much put into the history of a school,” Gundy said. “Respectfully, you can turn on a national network and there are teams that are maybe .500 and nobody cares who they're playing and they open the national show with them, and not us.

“I'd just as soon lay low as much as we can. I doubt the teams we play feel that way.”

WEEDEN WINS SOME, LOSES ONE

When Weeden tossed an interception to E.J. Gaines in the end zone in the third quarter Saturday, it ended a streak of 194 throws without a pickoff, dating back to OSU's game at Tulsa on Sept. 17.

The Tigers showed a heavy blitz, which Weeden read, but the defenders backed off on the play, crowding the coverage. 

“They won,” Weeden said. “Sometimes, you've got to tip your cap. That guy made a great play. I was the least bit worried about it.”

EXTRA POINTS

* OSU has now won three straight games in Columbia and four of five against the Tigers. The Cowboys are 9-5 against MU since 1978.

* The Cowboys are 7-0 for just the third time in school history, matching the starts for the 1945 and 2008 teams. OSU is also 4-0 in conference play for just the second time ever, matching the 1940 squad.

* Senior wide receiver Josh Cooper extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 24. He also finished with 44 receiving yards, moving past Rafael Denson into 12th place on the school receiving yards list.

* Receivers Isaiah Anderson and Tracy Moore set career highs for catches. Anderson had five receptions for 34 yards, while Moore had seven grabs for 63 yards.

* Despite missing the second half with a head injury, Blackmon led the Cowboys with eight receptions, one which went for a touchdown.


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