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OSU shows it's more than just Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon

BERRY TRAMEL COMMENTARY — Oklahoma State got impressive performances from players like Jeremy Smith, Josh Cooper and Caleb Lavey on a day when its superstars, Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, were somewhat corralled by Texas.
by Berry Tramel Published: October 15, 2011

“I thought we played good, not great,” Mike Gundy said. “It's not easy winning down here. No matter what anybody says … they haven't given up the game down here. They can still make some plays.”

But so can the Cowboys, even beyond Weeden and Blackmon. Starting with Smith, who not so long ago was OSU's short-yarage tailback. Now he's become its home run hitter. His last four touchdowns have come on double-digit yardage plays, including runs of 30 and 74 yards.

The first came on a 4th-and-1 play and capped a late drive that gave OSU a 21-10 halftime lead. The latter came in the third quarter and made it 38-24. Both were made possible by gaping holes; Smith was untouched on both.

“I said this to the team yesterday,” Gundy said. “We may be getting close enough so that everybody can relax and just go play. So many years, we relied on two or three guys making all the plays, and if they didn't play well enough, you'll get beat.”

That's not these Cowboys. They didn't play perfect. Kicking-game foulups. Too many Texas yards on the corner. Too many dropped passes.

But style points aren't in vogue when playing at Texas.

“I don't think we played great,” Weeden said. “If we can play like that and still come out with a win in this environment … this is sweet.

“We finished. That's the main thing. We finished the game out on the road in a tough environment. I'm really proud of the guys. This is not an easy place to play.”

But it is a special place to win, even in this post-Colt McCoy era of the Longhorns, especially when Texas makes Weeden look like something less than the greatest quarterback in OSU history and Blackmon look like something less than college football's best receiver.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

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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