Easily Oklahoma State's worst performance of the year is reflected in the grades. The high-flying Cowboy offense did not produce, the defense let down at the end and not even the uniforms were up to standard in the Cowboys 37-31 loss in two overtimes.
BRANDON WEEDEN: C
Hard to lose a Heisman Trophy by completing 42 of 58 passes for 476 yards, but Weeden did. Three interceptions, and it could have been more.
Iowa State had 15 possessions in regulation; the Cyclones scored three touchdowns and kicked one filed goal. That's solid defense, not even factoring in three takeaways. But the Cowboys faltered by giving up a quick strike to open overtime.
The Cowboys committed 10 penalties for 87 yards. They hadn't been that careless in weeks. The ultimate example – an offsides penalty on defensive end Richetti Jones after Quinn Sharp's punt pinned the Cyclones on their own 1-yard line in the third quarter
FULLHOUSE BACKFIELD: C
The Cowboys used their power package five times in the first half, including four on short-yardage situations. They converted just once, on Brandon Weeden's 27-yard TD pass to Justin Blackmon. OSU didn't go back to the fullhouse in the second half.
Joseph Randle lost two fumbles for the second straight game. Jeremy Smith dropped two short passes from Weeden on a fourth-quarter drive that could have put away the game. And it's not like their production was high – they combined for 60 yards on 18 carries and four catches for 25 yards.
Worst look all season for the Cowboys. Black helmet, white jersey, orange pants. Looked like Oregon State, which is a perennial bottom-10 team in uniforms.
KICKING GAME: D
Two major penalties on punt returns, failure to cover an onside kick, allowing a long kickoff return to give ISU life after going down 24-7, Quinn Sharp's missed field goal in the final two minutes of regulation. The only bright spot was Sharp's two punts inside the Cyclone 12-yard line.
OSU did not often corral mobile ISU quarterback Jared Barnett, who scrambled for 84 yards on 14 carries. The Cowboys' blitzes routinely left running lanes for Barnett.