Record-Setting Day

Oklahoma State has been playing football since 1901 and has never won more than nine regular season games ... until Saturday. The 2010 Cowboys, behind quarterback Brandon Weeden's record-setting performance, became the first squad in school history to win 10 regular season games with Saturday's 48-14 whipping of Kansas. The Cowboys will enter next weekend's Bedlam showdown with a 10-1 record.

Weeden, the former minor league baseball pitcher in his first season as the Cowboys starting quarterback, was 31 of 43 passing for 389 yards and three touchdowns against the Jayhawks. His 9-yard completion to Justin Blackmon early in the fourth quarter set the school single season total offense record. He surpassed former Cowboy quarterback Zac Robinson (3,671) and now has 3,708 total yards entering next week's Bedlam game.

"Obviously, I'm happy about it and it's a good deal but I'm going to look back on it at the end of the year and think about it but right now I'm just worried about Oklahoma," Weeden said after the game.

The Cowboy offense rolled up 597 total yards, while defensive coordinator Bill Young's unit dominated in the second half. KU had 224 total yards in the first half but the Oklahoma State shutout the Jayhawks in the second half and only allowed 64 yards, including just six yards on five possessions in the third quarter when the Cowboys took control of the game.

OSU outscored Kansas 28-0 in the second half, including Michael Harrison's blocked punt and his 5-yard return for a touchdown gave the Cowboys a 34-14 lead and was a backbreaker for the Jayhawks. It was OSU's fourth special teams touchdown of the season.

"I was really proud of our team. I had some concerns the later part of the week because there was not any talk about Kansas. Everywhere in the community and I'm sure it went on on campus, everybody was talking about the next game and what could potentially happen with our football team," said Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy.

"We practiced very well but you always worry about that, and then we had some plane problems last night, got in at 10 o'clock, had a 6:10 wakeup call this morning, and then you had another hour drive. We found the character of this team is pretty strong.

"Maybe the play of the day was Mike Harrison on the blocked punt. Joe DeForest makes a great call and says, let's go max and let's go get it, and Mike blocks it, recovers it and runs it in for a touchdown. That kind of changed the game," Gundy added.

But the 34-point victory is not indicative of how much the Cowboys struggled in the first half against the Jayhawks, now 3-8 overall and 1-6 in Big 12 play.

Oklahoma State only led 20-14 at halftime – thanks to Joseph Randle's 14-yard touchdown run, a 32-yard field goal by Dan Bailey, Weeden's 21-yard TD pass to Josh Cooper, and Bailey's 21-yard field goal – but put the pedal to the medal in the second half.

The Cowboys defense, particularly Chris Donaldson, did the job on KU's first possession of the second half. The Jayhawks took over on the OSU 37-yard line after stopping Kendall Hunter on a fourth down run, but Donaldson broke through the line to block Jacob Branstetter's 47-yard field goal attempt. It would be a sign of things to come.

After Young's defense forced another three-and-out series by the Jayhawks, Weeden drove the Cowboys 73 yards in five plays with Jeremy Smith scoring on a 5-yard run to start a 28-point, second-half onslaught.

Harrison blocked KU punter Alonso Rojas' punt, scooping it up and running it in five yards for the touchdown to stretch the lead to 34-14.

Weeden and the Cowboys added a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. The 27-year-old quarterback threw a 13-yard TD fade route to Blackmon on the second play of the fourth quarter and then added a 3-yard scoring toss to Tracy Moore (also on a fade route) for the final score.

Blackmon led the Cowboys with 10 catches for 130 yards and the one TD catch. Cooper contributed seven receptions for 94 yards as 12 different players had pass catches.

Kendall Hunter had the 20th 100-yard rushing game of his career, finishing with 105 yards on 22 carries. Jeremy Smith also ran for 64 yards on 11 rushes.

Oklahoma State has never won 11 games in the 110 years the school has been playing football but the Cowboys will get that opportunity next Saturday in the Bedlam battle with Oklahoma at Boone Pickens Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Cowboys have won 10 games three times (in 1984, 1987 and 1988) but the 10th win in each of those seasons came via a bowl game.

"It's 110 years we've been playing football and it's never been accomplished. At some point during a stretch like this you have to give those guys credit for what they've been able to accomplish as a football team," Gundy said of his 10-1 squad.

"It's hard to do. It's difficult to be 5-0 on the road. It's difficult to win 10 games. There are so many things that can factor into a college football season, but we have things moving in the right direction.

"We certainly want the players to be able to enjoy it tonight, and then we have to go back to work tomorrow. It's not the end of it. We get to play more football and our players understand that."


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