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OSU report card: Cowboys' offensive line, tackling get high marks

by Berry Tramel Modified: October 17, 2010 at 7:02 am •  Published: October 16, 2010

BALL CONTROL: A

The Cowboys had possession for 34:32 of the game's 60 minutes. Even better, OSU had more possession time in each of the four quarters.

OFFENSIVE LINE: A

Let's see. OSU rushed for 225 yards, and quarterback Brandon Weeden had plenty of time to throw. Tech's only sack was coverage-enduced. Hard to have a better day.

KICKING GAME: C

The Cowboys improved their kickoff coverage, though Tech still averaged 25.7 yards. But OSU's kickoff returns were horrid; the Cowboys started at their 14-, 8- and 15-yard line, except for the time Tech kicked the ball out of bounds. And Bo Bowling fumbled a punt, which could have turned momentum had Devin Hedgepeth not hustled to recover.

ATMOSPHERE CONTROL: B

The Cowboys never let Tech's notorious crowd get into the game, except for a small window in the second quarter. But even before the game, Tech's crowd was not its usual raucous self. Don't know if that's a result of Mike Leach's departure or the tens of thousands of pink shirts fans wore for breast cancer awareness.

BACKUP RECEIVERS: B

With Michael Harrison and Hubert Anyiam sidelined by injury, the Cowboys' depth at receiver was precarious. OSU didn't find a hidden gem in their absence, but Josh Cooper had five catches in the wake of a concussion suffered at Louisiana-Lafayette and Tracy Moore had two catches for 55 yards.

TACKLING: A

Tech for a decade has made a living off opponents' missed tackles. But OSU tackled well; linebacker Orie Lemon had 14 solo tackles.