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OSU's Justin Blackmon back to ‘normal' in win over Baylor

Justin Blackmon got back to ‘normal' Saturday after missing the second half of OSU's game against Missouri, but ‘normal' for the Biletnikoff winner really means spectacular — he had 13 catches for 172 yards and two TDs in the Cowboys' rout of Baylor.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: October 30, 2011

“It wasn't like an emergency button, like, ‘Oh, I need every ball now,'” Blackmon said. “We've got a lot of talented players out there. If my number is called, I just try to execute when it is.”

It did not matter that Blackmon was clearly the focal point of the BU defense.

On one play in the second quarter, Blackmon slipped two tackles on a 33-yard catch near the sideline that helped set up his first touchdown. Later in the game, he put a wicked double move on BU cornerback K.J. Morton for a 51-yard gain down the middle of the field — a play that would have been a touchdown had Weeden not underthrown the pass.

Blackmon consistently combined his speed, strength and ability to make plays after the catch for his most dominating effort since the Arizona game in Week 2, when he totaled 12 catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

Blackmon had a little extra motivation for that contest, too, as UA players made comments before that game that Blackmon “disrespected” them in last year's Alamo Bowl and that they were approaching the game as a “street fight.”

To go with the talent that will almost surely make him a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft in April, Blackmon plays with a fire that's channeled in the right way.

With more than half the season complete, Blackmon likely won't quite have the numbers needed to win the Biletnikoff for a second consecutive season. He's tied for 14th in the nation in receiving yards per game (104.25), though he is tied for second with 10 touchdowns.

But that does not mean he's not the best wide receiver in college football.


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