Posted by Tom Fornelli
OKLAHOMA STATE WON. The Cowboys jumped out to an early lead in this game thanks to a virtuoso performance from Brandon Weeden, and never really broke much of a sweat as the Cowboys performed an encore of January's Alamo Bowl. Weeden finished the game with an Oklahoma State school record 42 completions. Those completions resulted in 397 yards passing and two touchdowns. It should also be noted that even though the Oklahoma State defense gave up yardage, it kept the Wildcats off the board for the most part, allowing 14 second half points that never really put the outcome in jeopardy.
WHY OKLAHOMA STATE WON. Domination and balance on offense. Yes, the Cowboys offense threw for neary 400 yards, but it also rushed for 197 with running back Joseph Randle having a huge game. Randle finished the day with 15 carries for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns rushing, and he also had 9 receptions for 99 yards. Oh, and then there's that Justin Blackmon guy. Just another ho-hum 12 catch, 128 yard and 2 touchdown performance for the best wide receiver in college football.
WHEN OKLAHOMA STATE WON. Watching the game, you never really got the feeling that Arizona was going to pull out the victory as the Cowboys jumped out to a 21-0 lead. Still, after an Arizona touchdown cut it to 21-7 in the third quarter, the Oklahoma State offense stalled for a bit and let the Wildcats hang around. That is until Weeden and Blackmon connected for their second score of the night to make it 27-7.
WHAT OKLAHOMA STATE WON. It's first Pac-16 conference victory? No, seriously, OSU won the sleepless nights of defensive coordinators around the Big 12. Through two games the Cowboys offense has amassed 1,260 yards of offense and 98 points. In fact, the only thing that has slowed the offense down has been the offense itself. Whether it was the 3 turnovers last week or the 10 penalties on Thursday night. If this is what the Oklahoma State offense is capable of when it's shooting itself in the foot from time to time, what is this unit going to do when it plays a mistake-free game?
WHAT ARIZONA LOST. A chance at revenge against the Cowboys. The Wildcats were still a bit sore from the 36-10 loss agianst OSU in the Alamo Bowl last season, particularly a bit of showboating by Justin Blackmon on a long touchdown. Well, Arizona didn't play with much of a chip on its shoulder on Thursday night, and now it has to face Stanford, Oregon and USC in its next three games. This is not a formula for a successful season.
THAT WAS CRAZY. During the second quarter Weeden launched a deep ball to Blackmon who had three defenders on him over the middle. Blackmon also had the three defenders beat, but when the ball fell into his hands, Blackmon dropped it. Which is something I don't think I've ever seen before.