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OSU notebook: Cowboys' uniforms debut to mixed results

BY JOHN HELSLEY, JASON KERSEY, GINA MIZELL and JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writers Published: September 3, 2011

Oklahoma State's new uniform deal with Nike presents the possibility of 48 different combinations.

A group of players has already selected the attire for each of OSU's 12 games.

The opening ensemble: white pants and helmet, with gray jerseys.

The jerseys were met with mixed results.

“I love them,” said 26-year-old Cowboys fan Matt Oldacre from Talala. “They look great. I think it's a good change.”

Bev Reedy, a 59-year-old fan from Broken Arrow, went thumbs down.

“I don't like the gray,” Reedy said. “They look like practice jerseys. Workout gear. The jerseys should be orange or white. But I'm old school.”

Of course, OSU made the move for the players.

“I really like them,” said quarterback Brandon Weeden. “I think they're sharp.

“I will say this, I like the gray, but I think there are some better combinations coming up.”


The Cowboys' defensive front seven was talked about often during the preseason. With new starters in the interior of the defensive line and in the linebacker corps, questions abounded.

Saturday night, the Cowboys didn't blitz often, but still, they had five sacks and four quarterback hurries. And they held the Cajuns to 320 total yards, an average of 2.9 yards per snap, with the first unit surrendering no touchdowns.

“At times,” OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young said, “I thought we really played outstanding.”


Having new offensive coordinator Todd Monken calling plays from the booth instead of the field caused some consternation during two-a-days.

The tempo was sluggish, and the calls were slow.

So, how'd it go Saturday night in the opener?

“I thought it went pretty well,” Weeden said. “I thought the tempo was pretty good. When I was in, I think we ran roughly 80 plays. We ran a lot of plays. I think the transition was really smooth.

“I thought he called a good game. He blames a couple of the picks on him. I've still got to throw it to the right guy.”


OSU carried a number of streaks into Saturday night's opener. Some extended, some halted.

The highlights:

* Weeden threw for a touchdown in his 14th straight game and finished with three scoring passes on the night, but none went to Justin Blackmon, who saw his stretch of games with a TD snapped at 12.

* Josh Cooper, who extended Weeden's TD streak with a 15-yard scoring reception in the first half, pushed his streak of games with at least one reception to 18.

* Sophomore running back Jeremy Smith ran for a touchdown for the fifth straight game.

* Offensive lineman Lane Taylor did not start, ending his streak of consecutive starts at 24. That also ended a streak from a year ago that saw the same five offensive linemen – Taylor, Grant Garner, Levy Adcock, Jonathan Rush and Nick Martinez – open every game. Markelle Martin made his 25th straight start.

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