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OSU football notebook: Quarterback issues linger at Texas

By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: November 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm •  Published: November 9, 2010

WEEDEN ON THE RUN

In back-to-back games now, Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden has made plays with his feet. Against Baylor, he even had a 19-yard run and finished with more rushing yards than Baylor's Robert Griffin III.

Still, Weeden doesn't expect any move by offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen to include a quarterback run-game package involving, say, some zone-read option.

"I don't think that's going to happen," Weeden said. "I try to get him to put in a quarterback draw, but he's not having it. He doesn't want me taking off unless I have to, which I had to (against Baylor). There was nobody out there.

"I'm faster than I look. I've got it in my bag of tricks when I need it."

Said OSU coach Mike Gundy: "I wouldn't necessarily say he was running around. But he did a nice job. And he does need to do more of that. But do I want him to slide? Do I want him to get down? You bet.

"But when we have the opportunity to get six, eight, 10 yards and convert a first down or score a touchdown or whatever it may be, those discussions have taken place of the last month.

"In fact a week or two ago, I said, 'Brandon, I don't think you've even crossed the line of scrimmage.' I said, 'If it's there, you need to convert a first down every now and then.'"

NO MOTIVATION

The Cowboys keep rewriting historical references this season.

Beat Texas Tech in Lubbock for the first time since 1944? Check.

Beat Kansas State in Manhattan for the first time since 1988? Check.

Now OSU is favored to win in Austin for the first time since 1944. And Gundy is all for it, but doesn't find any motivation in erasing decades of struggle.

"It would be nice to wipe all those records off the board," Gundy said. "But it doesn't factor into the game. As much as you'd like to use it as motivation and think it's going to make the players practice harder and play harder, they have to practice because they have a purpose and a goal in mind to get better every day."


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