Bedlam: OSU Report Card

The Oklahoma State report card from Saturday night's Bedlam loss at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Quarterback: C-
Brandon Weeden saw the most pressure of his career at OSU from the OU front seven, and it showed. The junior quarterback tossed three momentum-changing interceptions, with two coming in the first half. Weeden struggled to dissect the Sooner defense through two quarters, but picked up steam in the second half. His fourth quarter touchdown drive with less than five minutes remaining showed a lot of poise in a tight situation, but was overshadowed by a poor start.

Running Back: B-
Kendall Hunter only rushed for 55 yards, but not for a lack of effort. The Big 12's leading rusher only got 13 carries in a pass-happy OSU offensive attack. Hunter can't be blamed for lack of yardage in this game; he never got the opportunity to shine. Joseph Randle also had a quality showing despite a low number of carries. The freshmen back average 6.8 yards on five attempts and scored the Cowboys' lone rushing touchdown.

Wide Receiver: A
While the total yardage for the Cowboy wide receiving corps may not have been the flashiest of the season, the steady production of Josh Cooper and unbelievable toughness of Justin Blackmon made up for it. Cooper continued to show he can be as consistent as any inside wide receiver in the conference with a career-best 10 catches for 84 yards. And even without a week of practice and an ankle that was visibly giving him pain, Blackmon extended his streak of 100-yard games with a touchdown to 11 games.

Shaun Lewis: A+
Linebacker Shaun Lewis had the biggest game of his young career. The freshmen tied for a game-high 12 tackles, had two interceptions and recorded one tackle for loss. Lewis' play-making ability is what kept the Cowboys in the game with two huge momentum-changing turnovers. The first interception showed incredible athleticism, as Lewis had to tip-toe the sideline to stay in bounds. The second displayed incredible awareness to grab the Brodrick Brown tipped ball.

Brodrick Brown: B
If you had seen only the first half of play, Brown would have had to receive an A++ for his amazing assist on the Lewis interception. Brown lept off the field of play and used two hands to bat the ball into his teammates for the interception. It may have been the most impressive single defensive play in college football this season. However, Brown dropped a crucial interception late in the fourth quarter that would have given the Cowboys a chance to win. Those two plays drastically changed the outcome of the game in opposite ways.

Fourth quarter excitement: A+
They call it Bedlam for a reason. After an offensive struggle for both sides after three quarters, it seemed the analysts' predictions for a wild shootout had been wrong. But in the final 15 minutes, both teams combined for 40 points in one of the wildest finishes in recent memory. From Justin Gilbert's 89-yard kick return for a touchdown to Landry Jones two 70-plus yard touchdown passes, Cowboy fans were on an emotional rollercoaster to the very end.

Fourth-quarter defense: F
The Cowboy secondary blew major assignments when they needed to step up late in the fourth quarter. Landry Jones hit back-to-back touchdown strikes on consecutive drives to give the Sooners the victory. Jones passed for 162 yards on two pass plays in the fourth; more yardage than Weeden had in the entire first half.

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