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.

by Berry Tramel
Columnist
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 Oklahoman,...
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