STILLWATER — We've learned a lot about Brandon Weeden.
The Oklahoma State quarterback has experienced great success, suffered several stumbles and displayed the toughness needed to play the position in the Big 12.
All in the first three games.
Weeden had a record-setting performance in the Cowboys 65-28 win over Tulsa at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday night. The junior finished 23-of-32 for 409 yards and six touchdowns.
It was an impressive performance a week after he struggled to take care of the football as the Pokes' squeaked out a win over Troy on Sept. 11. OSU had five turnovers against Troy, including two interceptions and two fumbles by Weeden.
"It was the reverse of last week," Weeden said. "Last week, we shot ourselves in the foot and we didn't really take that well, we kind of took that personal."
Weeden bounced back from his performance against Troy with a stellar outing on Saturday, torching a Tulsa defense which was focused on stopping Kendall Hunter and essentially daring Weeden to beat them.
Weeden threw for 328 yards and five touchdowns in the first half while exploiting the Golden Hurricane secondary, finding nine different receivers. The 26-year-old set records for the most passing yards in a half and his 409 total passing yards rank No. 4 in OSU's single-game passing record book.
"It sure beats not rebounding from a bad game," offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen said. "He didn't play very well last week and he knew it. Based on last week and then this week, he learns from his mistakes."
And he's proven to be tough. Battling a thumb injury suffered in Week 1, Weeden is 52-of-71 passing (73.2 percent) for 757 yards and eight touchdowns in two games with the injury.
"He's a tough guy," receiver Justin Blackmon said. "He's a baseball player, that's a tough sport to play. I don't think anything is going to slow him down."
While leading OSU to a 3-0 record, Weeden has proven he can run OSU's offense with efficiency and savvy. The Cowboys are averaging 57 points and 596 yards per game. OSU is 16-of-16 in red zone scoring opportunities this season including 12 touchdowns.
"I think his numbers show it," Blackmon said. "You can think whatever you want to think but I'm pretty confident in him."
We had seen Brandon Weeden step up in a big moment and save the day against Colorado in 2009.
Through three games this season, he's proven to be efficient, tough and have the ability to battle back after a poor performance the week before.
"I still have stuff to prove," Weeden said. "You can never be satisfied, you get satisfied, that's when you get worse."