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OSU report card: Cowboys get high marks for turnover production, uniforms

by Jenni Carlson Published: October 22, 2011

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.

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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