The grading curve gets skewed once the clock strikes midnight – and beyond. Bottom line: the Cowboys got a win, to move to 3-0, although it required an all-nighter.
There's a lot of lip service paid to the “student-athlete” experience. It's bogus. Let's not even get started on if the kids have been consulted on the topic of conference realignment, 3-hour rain delays and kickoffs starting after midnight, all in the name of the mighty quest for every stinking dollar? Good times.
Brandon Weeden was picked off on the game's opening possession, and a few minutes later Tulsa had a field goal and a 3-0 lead. That's where a guy like Justin Gilbert comes in handy, able to bolt 96 yards with a kickoff return for a touchdown and a needed spark.
Tulsa's Trey Watts and Je'Tarian Douglas each ran for more than 150 yards and the Golden Hurricane totaled 365 yards on the ground, even after TU's passing game took a hit with quarterback G.J. Kinne knocked out. Texas A&M's Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael will like this game tape.
Uniform Combo No. 3
A very classy and classic look: white helmets (black logo) and white jerseys on black pants. The accent stripes – black and orange on the shoulder, black and gray on the pants – are a nice touch. Until the Cowboys go head-to-toe black, these are the best yet.
The Cowboys were up nearly four touchdowns after 3 a.m., yet starters remained in the game on both sides of the ball. Brandon Weeden was still throwing. Joseph Randle piled up carries. Seemed way too risky. Sure, OSU had the national stage all to itself, but who was watching?
C for cool, as Tulsa's own Grady Nichols handled the anthem, solo on the sax. Dude seemed to hit every note, and it can't be an easy song. Still, soothing smooth jazz doesn't exactly seem to provide the proper tone for football – or an impending downpour!