OSU-Tulsa Report Card

Ryan Stewart's report card following Oklahoma State's 65-28 victory over Tulsa on Saturday night.

Brandon Weeden: A+
Weeden responded to a mistake-riddled performance against Troy with one of the best performances ever by a Cowboy quarterback.

Weeden's five first-half touchdown passes tied Josh Fields' record set against SMU in 2003 and Weeden's 328 first-half passing yards set a new standard at OSU. His 409 passing yards is the fourth highest single-game total in school history even though he left the game after just one possession in the third quarter.

The only thing more impressive than the numbers Weeden amassed against the Golden Hurricane was his decision making. The 26-year-old junior completed 23-of-32 passes and found four different Cowboy receivers in the end zone after having only completed touchdown passes to Justin Blackmon entering Saturday's contest. Weeden threw zero interceptions and was not sacked after he turned the ball over four times against Troy.

Dana Holgorsen against Tulsa: A+
After OSU marched to 65 points and 722 yards against the Golden Hurricane Saturday night, it brings Holgorsen's three-year total against Tulsa to 181 points and 2,058 yards of total offense. Holgorsen's 2008 and 2009 Houston teams rolled up outings of 70 points and 46, respectively.

OSU's 41 first-half points was the most Tulsa had allowed since it surrendered 42 on Nov. 15, 2008 against Holgorsen's Cougars.

Cowboy offense: A+
It would be almost impossible to find fault with the Cowboys' offense on Saturday. The offense scored on its first 10 possessions and set or tied seven school records in the process.

o Weeden set one school record and tied another, as you read above.
o OSU's 722 yards of total offense is now the standard at OSU after besting the 717 yards the Cowboys rolled up against Kansas in 1988.
o OSU's 574 passing yards is the highest single-game total ever at OSU, shattering the previous record of 430 against Texas in 2007.
o OSU's eight touchdown passes beat the previous record of seven — all caught by Rashaun Woods — set against SMU in 2003.
o OSU's 31 pass completions beat the previous mark of 30 against Texas in '07 and Colorado in '00.
o The Cowboys have 171 points through three games, which is the most in the modern era, besting the 160 points scored by the 1988 Cowboys. The most OSU, or rather Oklahoma A&M, scored through three games was 207 in 1916.

Michael Harrison: A-
Harrison gets a high grade for not only his 1-yard touchdown catch on the fade route from Brandon Weeden, but also for becoming the first offense player other than Justin Blackmon or Kendall Hunter to score this season. His touchdown reception was also his first career catch. Harrison finished with two catches for 20 yards.

Spreading the wealth: A
Entering Saturday's game with the Golden Hurricane, only Kendall Hunter and Justin Blackmon had scored touchdowns for the OSU offense in 2010.

Four Cowboy receivers scored their first touchdowns of the season against TU, with five scoring in all, including three touchdown receptions by Blackmon on six catches for 174 yards.

Josh Cooper, Charlie Moore and Harrison each recorded a TD reception, while last year's top receiver, Hubert Anyiam, hauled in two touchdowns on just three catches.

Thirteen Cowboys caught passes in the 65-28 rout, totaling 31 receptions for 574 yards and eight touchdowns through the air.

OSU running game: B+
Kendall Hunter had a season-low 59 yards on just 11 carries as the former All-American was held without a touchdown for the first time this season. Freshman Joseph Randle carried the ball 12 times for a career-high 72 yards and Tulsa native Jeremy Smith got six carries for 32 yards.

While OSU's net rushing total of 148 fell well below the season average of 232.5, the fear OSU's backs put into the Hurricane defense set up plenty of single coverage, thus allowing for a record setting day through the air.

OSU ticket prices: F
The Cowboys had better put on a show week in and week out to make it worth the ticket prices OSU is demanding from its fans. The $90 price tag on a general admission ticket Saturday means it cost more to watch the OSU Cowboys play Tulsa than it will cost to see the Dallas Cowboys host the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

OSU's $90 ticket for a Conference USA opponent costs more than six other Big 12 school's most expensive ticket this season. Two other conference foes most expensive single-game ticket of the season ties OSU at $90.

So, for the season-high 51,778 in attendance, think of it as $1.38 per point scored on Saturday.

And it will only get worse. The $125 price tag on the Bedlam game is the most expensive ticket in the nation in 2010. Since no single-game tickets will be sold for Bedlam, if that's the only game you really wanted to attend then it will cost you $479 dollars for a season ticket.

Salt was further rubbed in the wound by the OSU Athletic Department as they declined TV coverage for the game and blacked out its live feed on okstate.com in an effort to force fans to pay the price.

OSU athletic director Mike Holder said he declined an offer by Fox Sports Net to pick up the in-house telecast and make it available at no additional cost to satellite subscribers.

On Tuesday, Holder told the Tulsa World: "If we were sold out every game like Nebraska or OU or Texas, then yes, absolutely, every game would be on network or cable or pay-per-view. But our No. 1 priority right now has to be finding ways to drive attendance and fill the football stadium."

OSU secondary: B+
Tulsa came to Stillwater as the nation's No. 4 passing offense against an OSU defense that had struggled against the deep ball through the first two weeks of the season. OSU responded by hauling in its first three interceptions of the season, highlighted by a 79-yard return by Andrew McGee from Tulsa's end zone.

The Cowboy defensive backs helped hold the Golden Hurricane to a season-low 229 passing yards but Tulsa still managed to complete 23-of-35 pass attempts and seven different Tulsa receivers caught passes as they found numerous open patches across the middle after the first quarter.


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