STILLWATER — Justin Blackmon is forever in Brandon Weeden's ear.
"I want the ball," he says.
Weeden is listening.
On a night when Oklahoma State crushed Tulsa 65-28, the special connection between the Weeden and Blackmon was on display once again. The combo hooked up for 174 yards and three touchdowns on only six catches.
That's 29.0 yards a catch.
That's paydirt every other reception.
That's a big-time performance in what is becoming a season of big-time performances for these two.
"I've just got a lot of confidence in him," Weeden said.
"He's going to put the ball where I can go up and make a play," Blackmon said.
This is a mutual admiration society, and that belief in each other has resulted in a chemistry that has the early earmarks of some of the great quarterback-receiver combos in Cowboy history.
Mike Gundy to Hart Lee Dykes.
Josh Fields to Rashaun Woods.
Zac Robinson to Dez Bryant.
Weeden to Blackmon isn't in that group just yet. The season is only three games old, but if these two keep it up it won't be long.
They have connected 24 times for 431 yards and eight touchdowns, already more touchdowns than any Cowboy receiver had all of last season.
By comparison, a certain quarterback-receiver combo in Soonerville has 382 yards and five touchdowns on 31 catches through three games — and plenty of pundits and prognosticators think pretty highly of Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles.
Weeden and Blackmon have something special cooking in Stillwater, too.
Weeden trusts Blackmon.
"If you look at last week's game, the two balls that he threw to Bo (Bowling) ... he just doesn't have the trust level with him yet," OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen said. "So, he threw them flat because he was trying to be as accurate as he possibly could.
"When he threw those same balls tonight ... he's got such a confidence level in Justin that he puts it up and lets Justin get under it and adjust to it."
None was prettier Saturday than their 81-yard hookup. Blackmon got behind the secondary in one-on-one coverage, and Weeden hit him in stride. A couple of high knees later, and Blackmon had nothing between him and end zone but plastic grass.
Granted, Tulsa's defense is awful.
More accurately, its defensive scheme was pitiful. The Golden Hurricane focused on stopping the Cowboy running game. Can't fault it for that — Kendall Hunter can gash a defense for big-time yards — so Tulsa decided to make OSU beat it through the air.
The Cowboys made the Golden Hurricane pay.
Tulsa never changed what it was doing, never altered its scheme, never realized, "Hey, we're getting killed here. Let's do something else."
If Weeden and Blackmon wanted, they could've hooked up for 300 yards. Those kind of numbers sound ridiculous, but that's the kind of connection that these two have.
They have a trust that's been built since spring practice. It's a trust that these two worked hard to gain.
"When you practice over and over, you start to look at guys who catch the ball and are consistent," Blackmon said. "Those are normally the guys that you get the connection with.
"I just try to be as consistent as I can be."
Teammates sensed something special building between these two.
But something this grand?
"I just knew that Blackmon was a good player and Weeden was a good player," Cowboy linebacker Orie Lemon said. "I didn't know that they would have that connection."
Lemon has seen that kind of quarterback-receiver combination before, a connection that is almost telepathic, a chemistry that is nearly palpable, and as a defender, it isn't a welcome sight.
"Scary," he said. "Scary."
So far, the Weeden-to-Blackmon combo has been just that — scary bad for their opponents, scary good for the Cowboys.