A three-touchdown victory on the road means a report card with some high marks for the Cowboys. The worst marks? Those are reserved for the Tigers.
BALL-HAWKING DEFENSE: A
The Cowboys create turnovers. Period. They had four against Missouri, three interceptions and one fumble recovery, and with the Cowboy offense only turning it over once, OSU easily won the turnover margin. This isn't some sort of one-game fluke or short-term thing. This is what the Cowboys do. They win the turnover battle.
OFFENSIVE ADJUSTMENTS: A
In the first half, the Tigers gave the Cowboys the chance to throw it. OSU had 270 yards and three touchdowns passing. In the second half, injuries to Justin Blackmon and Hubert Anyiam forced the Cowboys to run it. They had 150 yards and three touchdowns rushing. That, my friends, is an offense that can get what it wants when it wants it.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
Long an A-plus strength of the Cowboys, the special teams unit continued to have some struggles. Quinn Sharp missed a short field goal. The punt return unit had two returns for minus-2 yards. OSU has set the bar so high that these recent troubles, which started a week ago at Texas, are completely out of character.
No white after Labor Day? Maybe not according to the style gurus, but the head-to-toe white that the Cowboys sported Saturday was outstanding. Sharp. Crisp. Solid. Paired against Missouri's all-black ensemble made for a good-vs.-evil vibe.
RECEIVING CORPS: C
How do you have 338 yards receiving and get an average grade? By dropping seven passes in the first half. Brandon Weeden had an exceptional first half and would've had a completion percentage that approached ridiculous had it not been for all the drops. Every Cowboy receiver got in on the act, too. Justin Blackmon. Josh Cooper. Michael Harrison. The receivers had trouble catching the ball a week ago, too. What then seemed like an anomaly now looks like a growing issue.
CLEAN PLAY: A
The teams combined for only four penalties, OSU with three and Missouri with one, and two of the Cowboys' were intentional. They took a delay-of-game penalty on two different occasions to get Sharp a little more room before a punt.
MISSOURI FANS: D+
First of all, Tiger fans didn't exactly pack the place for their best home opponent of the season. The attendance of 64,202 still left plenty of available seats at Faurot Field. But then, the exodus to the exits started in the third quarter. The third quarter. Where'd they have to go? It wasn't even 2 p.m., and Missouri only trailed by two touchdowns at that point. Hey, Tiger fans, if your team heads to the SEC, you're going to have to step it up.
MISSOURI BAND: C-
Rough day for the Tiger marching band. It had to be told by the referees to stop playing at one point in the first half. And the massive bass drum that is wheeled around the field? It ended up on its side during one celebratory spin, nearly taking out a couple Cowboy cheerleaders.