OSU report card: Cowboys get high marks in nearly every phase

by Berry Tramel Modified: November 12, 2011 at 11:51 pm •  Published: November 12, 2011
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JOSEPH RANDLE: C

The only thing close to a troubling development was the two lost fumbles by the sophomore tailback. Randle played well otherwise – 78 yards rushing on 18 carries, three touchdowns, six catches – but a team that has set a standard for turnover ratio can't afford to stop dropping the ball.

DISCIPLINE: A

The Tech crowd did not create a frenzied atmosphere. Tech announced 57,205, but Jones Stadium probably numbered in the low 40,000s. Still, the Cowboys showed remarkable discipline for a road game. They had just three penalties. All came after OSU took a 56-6 lead. An illegal formation, a false start and a chop block.

BACKUPS: A

The second unit played solid in mopup duty. Tech never scored an offensive touchdown, and Clint Chelf's No. 2 offense produced 122 fourth-quarter yards in three possessions, including 109 yards rushing by Herschel Sims. Even better, backups playing early made a huge impact on the game. Isaiah Anderson (playing for the injured Hubert Anyiam) and Josh Stewart (playing because he's too talented not to) combined for eight catches for 156 yards and four touchdowns.

PASS COVERAGE: A

OSU's secondary was superb. Tech rarely had receivers running free. And the Cowboys broke on the ball superbly. Justin Gilbert had two pass breakups; Markelle Martin and Brodrick Brown one each.

JUSTIN BLACKMON: B

The all-American had another big game, with six catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns. But Blackmon missed a 36-yard TD catch late in the second quarter when Weeden's long, on-target pass went right through Blackmon's hands.

FULLHOUSE BACKFIELD: A

The Cowboys used their three-running back formation seven times. Those plays produced three touchdowns and two first downs. One of the TDs came on Weeden's 2-yard fade pass to Justin Blackmon.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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