Cowboys Win In Record-Breaking Fashion

Brandon Weeden hopes those concerned Oklahoma State fans got the message Saturday night. The Cowboy quarterback spent much of the week saying that the sprained thumb on his right throwing hand was going to be OK, and he proved it with his record-setting performance in leading Oklahoma State to an impressive 65-28 victory over Tulsa at Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Cowboy junior quarterback threw for the fourth-most passing yards in school history and came within one touchdown pass of tying the school record in leading his team to one of the most lopsided victories in the history of the 71-game series. The 65 points by Oklahoma State is the most it has ever scored against the Hurricane and the 37-point margin of victory ties for the second largest in the series (OSU won 41-2 in 1917, and 46-9 in 1999).

Oklahoma State set a record with 722 total yards on offense, and the two Cowboy quarterbacks – Weeden and backup Clint Chelf – combined to throw for 574 yards, which easily surpasses the previous single-game record of 430 yards set against Kansas in 2007.

"We'll take it," Weeden answered when asked if the first-team offense played the perfect game. "It looks perfect and if you're just looking with a naked eye from the stands it looks great but there are still little technical things that we'll see tomorrow (on the film) that we'll say, we've got to correct that, (and) we've got to get better for A&M."

"For me to say anything other than we were hitting on all cylinders wouldn't really be fair," said OSU head coach Mike Gundy. "I don't want to take anything away from Tulsa. We just had a good night and had a good plan and things worked."

Weeden, starting just the third game of his college career, completed 23 of 32 passes for 409 yards and six touchdowns against the Hurricane. He only played one series in the second half after throwing for his sixth and final touchdown of the game – an 81-yard scoring toss to Justin Blackmon.

Weeden would have easily broken the school's single-game passing record if he had played any more in the second half, as he was just 22 yards from surpassing the 430-yard individual record set by Zac Robinson against Texas in 2007. His six touchdown passes was one shy of the seven TDs thrown by Josh Fields against SMU in 2003.

"I've got a lot of games left. I'm not worried about the record," Weeden said afterward.

Gundy said, "I thought Brandon played well and I thought we caught the ball well. Tulsa's choice was to not let us run and drop both safeties down and play with a single safety, so it forced us into more of a pass situation than we had been accustomed to early in the year. I thought the offensive staff made a nice adjustment and Brandon handled things very well."

The Cowboys scored on all seven of their first-half possessions (five touchdowns and two field goals) en route to a 41-7 halftime lead. Weeden completed passes to nine different receivers in the first half, including touchdown passes to Michael Harrison (1 yard), Hubert Anyiam (18), Blackmon (7 and 21 yards), and Josh Cooper (21).

It was more of the same on the Cowboys' first possession of the second half as he hit a streaking Blackmon in stride for an 81-yard scoring pass to make it 48-7 with 13: 18 remaining in the third quarter.

That was the final play for the OSU offensive starters.

Blackmon led the Cowboy receivers with six catches for 174 yards and his three touchdowns. He now has eight touchdown receptions in the first three games of the season.

OSU's first-team defense also had its highlights in limiting the Golden Hurricane to just seven points in the first half. Tulsa entered the game with the nation's fourth-best total offense (averaging 562.5 yards per game) and averaging 41 points per game.

Bill Young's defense set the tone early as late in the first quarter the Golden Hurricane had run just nine offensive plays and earned only one first down as OSU built a 20-0 lead.

The Cowboys intercepted three passes by Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne, including cornerback Andrew McGee's 79-yard return after picking off a pass in the end zone in the second quarter. Weeden found Blackmon open for a 21-yard touchdown pass on the next play to give OSU a 34-7 lead.

OSU led by as many as 58-7 before Tulsa scored three consecutive touchdowns in the second half.

Oklahoma State now has 12 days off before hosting Texas A&M in the nationally televised Big 12 opener for both teams on Thursday, Sept. 30, at Boone Pickens Stadium.

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