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OSU report card: Cowboys get high marks for resiliency, uniforms

by Jenni Carlson Published: November 5, 2011
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/articleid/3620707/1/pictures/1554427">Photo - The OSU defense stops Kansas State's John Hubert (33) during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011.  Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
The OSU defense stops Kansas State's John Hubert (33) during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

UNIFORMS: A-

The Cowboys went with gray helmets, black jerseys and gray pants. A solid, sharp look. It wasn't the best of the season — the black-black-orange combo against Kansas still ranks at the top — but this was another quality combo. The gray pants didn't look nearly as washed out as they did when paired with white jerseys at Texas A&M.

PURPLE POWER: A

Give K-State fans credit — they travel well. A week after getting throttled by Oklahoma, Wildcats fans still made the southward journey to OSU. They made as big a visiting crowd as has been seen all season at Boone Pickens Stadium.

REMEMBERING BOB SR: B

Before the national anthem, OSU observed a moment of silence in memory of Bob Barry Sr. The legendary broadcaster was the voice of the Cowboys for more than a decade. The round of applause after moment of silence was nice, but it would've been grand to hear a couple of Barry's OSU calls. That would've elevated a nice tribute to something really special.

TURNOVER BATTLE: B-

The Cowboy defense has been stellar taking away the ball, but part of the equation in OSU's outstanding turnover margin has been taking care of the ball on offense. The Cowboy offense didn't do that Saturday. Four turnovers marked a season high.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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