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Time for a dose of reality for Oklahoma State

OSU fans should celebrate their status, both as an unbeaten and as an entertaining team that seems to be shaking free from those preseason pessimists who tagged the Cowboys for sixth place in the Big 12 South.
by John Helsley Modified: September 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm •  Published: September 19, 2010

And now, Cowboys fans, amid the hyperventilating and the runaway optimism that might come with a 3-0 start that features the nation's No. 1 passing offense and No. 2 scoring offense, we recommend a long, deep, held breath.

Now exhale for a dose of reality:

Your squad has beaten up a bunch of bums.

Sorry you followers of Cougars, Trojans and Golden Hurricane, your plight is much more severe in a year when your squads couldn't stop a scout team. Surely you realize what we say, albeit harsh, is true. Your crews lurk among the scrub club of college defenses, all beyond the No. 100 rank — among 120 schools — in total defense and points allowed.

OSU fans should celebrate their status, both as an unbeaten and as an entertaining team that seems to be shaking free from those preseason pessimists who tagged the Cowboys for sixth place in the Big 12 South.

The offensive weaponry is expanding, with 13 different receivers catching balls against Tulsa, nine collecting at least two and five grabbing TD tosses.

"Everything's all fun on the sidelines when it's going like that," said wideout Isaiah Anderson. "Everybody was high-fiving and chest-bumping. We just hope there's more of that as we get deeper into our season."

But this Xbox offense won't continue. Can't continue.

Because real defenders are due up at some point. Some Saturday soon, the Cowboys will face dangerous dudes who can cover and tackle and clog running lanes and pressure quarterback Brandon Weeden, who was allowed to toil anxiety-free against Tulsa.

Thus, Weeden's 409 passing yards with six touchdowns in barely more than a half of play.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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No defense

The Cowboys have rolled up stunning statistics through three games, good enough to rank No. 1 nationally in passing offense and No. 2 in scoring offense.

But OSU's success has come against some of the nation's worst defenses. The defensive resumes of the Cowboys' victims:

Washington State (1-2)

Team

W-L

Score

TDs

Yards

Pass

Rush

OSU

L

65-17

8

544

253

291

Montana State

W

23-22

2

407

284

123

SMU

L

35-21

5

420

280

140

Troy (1-2)

Team

W-L

Score

TDs

Yards

Pass

Rush

Bowling Green

W

30-27

2

329

221

108

OSU

L

41-38

4

522

348

174

UAB

L

34-33

5

535

376

159

Tulsa (1-2)

Team

W-L

Score

TDs

Yards

Pass

Rush

East Carolina

L

51-49

7

538

383

155

Bowling Green

W

33-20

3

303

262

41

OSU

L

65-28

8

722

574

148

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