But Blackmon wasn’t Weeden’s only target. He completed passes to 11 different receivers, five of which had three or more catches.
Weeden did make one crucial mistake, an interception snagged by Mark Watley with the Cowboys inside the red zone late in the third quarter. But after a stand by the OSU defense, Weeden completed all five passes on the Cowboys’ ensuing drive, including an 8-yard touchdown to Blackmon to give them a 27-7 advantage.
“He didn’t force the ball,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “There were three or four times where the guy wasn’t there and he just threw the ball away. That’s what he has to do.”
Blackmon and OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken said they didn’t notice anything noticeably different about Weeden on Thursday versus Saturday. He was still the same quarterback. He just cleaned up a couple mistakes.
But Weeden knows he improved from one game to the next. And that type of progress is what is going to continue to make the OSU offense dangerous in 2011.
“Last week, I was trying to do too much,” Weeden said. “But tonight, I found the guys underneath for the most part. Tonight I did better. There’s always room for improvement, but I think it was better.”