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Report card: Cowboys excellent in short-yardage situations

Complied by BERRY TRAMEL Modified: November 15, 2009 at 7:54 am •  Published: November 15, 2009

Short yardage: A

Six times the Cowboys needed a yard to go on either third or fourth down. They went 6-for-6, including four on quarterback sneaks.

Pass rush: C

Tech called 59 passes and suffered just one sack, on an intentional grounding. OSU rarely hurried quarterbacks Taylor Potts and Steven Sheffield; coverage had to save the day.

Horse sense: B

Bullet traditionally leads the Cowboys onto the field. But the smoke produced to give OSU a dramatic entrance was much heavier than usual. Bullet wanted no part of that, veering off to run by himself as the Cowboys ran onto the field.

Kick returns: D

What once was a Cowboy strength didn't do much against Tech — 69 yards on four kickoff returns, 31 yards on three punt returns but with a penalty that put OSU in a field-position hole the entire second quarter.

Tailgating: B

The first coolish weather of the season kept some fans away, but the tailgating remained strong. Just north of Old Central, once virtually empty on game days, was a hotbed of tents and grills.

Perrish Cox: A

The Red Raiders kept throwing at the OSU cornerback, and Cox kept turning back the Red Raiders. He had two interceptions in the first half and almost had two more.