On a night Oklahoma State rolled to a 61-34 season-opening victory against Louisiana-Lafayette, everything was not perfect in Cowboy Country. Brandon Weeden threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. The Cowboy quarterback can say this much, though — he didn't look nearly as bad as the OSU uniforms.
One of the main reasons for uniforms? Being able to tell who's who. The numbers on the Cowboys' gray jerseys are nearly impossible to read in the stands. The view on television is a bit better, but it's still tough to distinguish the numbers. On the night that the Cowboys unveiled their new Nike look, the combination of white helmets, gray jerseys and white pants was fine — though the gray had some weird dark panels that looked like big sweat stains — but unless something is done to make the numbers distinguishable, leave the gray jerseys in the equipment closet permanently.
QUINN SHARP: A+
The Cowboy kicker/punter was perfect in his dual-duty debut. Every kickoff except one went into the end zone. Every extra point and field goal was good, including a 46-yard field goal that would've been good from 56 yards. Sharp even made a touchdown-saving tackle in punt coverage during the first half. Can't get any better than that.
PASSING GAME: B-
The Cowboys rolled up 458 passing yards, but there were definitely times when they were out of sync. Brandon Weeden completed 24 of 39 passes, but he tied a career high with three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. The passing game has to be better moving forward.
OSU had its fifth-largest home crowd in school history, 55,382. Such a big crowd against a so-so opponent is a sign of the excitement surrounding this season. The crowd showed up early and stayed well into the second half of a game that was well in Cowboy control. It bodes well for Thursday night's showdown against Arizona.
DEFENSIVE FRONT SEVEN: B
Louisiana-Lafayette managed only 108 yards rushing, and much of what the Ragin' Cajuns did get came when they went to the outside. Room was limited in the inside. The Cowboys had five sacks and four quarterback hurries. Even though Louisiana-Lafayette is no worldbeater, those numbers bode well for a defense that had questions the front seven.
MARKELLE MARTIN: A
The senior safety was stellar. He had a team-high nine tackles and caused a fumble, which is nothing new for a guy who's a big hitter. But he also showed prowess in defending the passing game, breaking up three passes.