Cowboys Put On A Show

Mike Gundy says he knows what the Oklahoma State offense can do with Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and five starters returning on the line. The Cowboys showed it during Saturday's Orange-White spring game as they rolled up 95 points and 870 total yards as the White rallied to capture a 49-46 victory on a beautiful afternoon in front of an estimated 16,000 fans inside Boone Pickens Stadium.

Weeden, the All-Big 12 quarterback last season, led the Orange team to four touchdowns and a field goal on the six possessions he played in the first half. The senior from Edmond, Okla., was 20-of-37 passing for 240 yards and three touchdowns despite not having a chance to throw to All-America receiver Justin Blackmon, who was playing on the White squad.

Blackmon led all receivers with eight catches for 87 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown reception from second-team quarterback Clint Chelf. Chelf completed 20 of 31 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns in leading the White back from a 28-7 deficit at the end of the first quarter.

Orange team quarterbacks Weeden and backup Johnny Deaton combined to throw for 361 yards, while the White teams Chelf and true freshman J.W. Walsh had 365 passing yards.

"I thought we had a good scrimmage. It was a lot of excitement and a lot of big plays on both sides of the football," said Gundy. "It's good for Oklahoma State when we can divide teams and still function and execute on offense and defense.

"We've got enough guys here that can make plays, that's one thing I noticed during the game is you don't get a lot of excitement from the crowd unless it's a really big offensive play. The crowd has become so accustomed to big plays, which is a good thing."

Three OSU receivers – two playing with Weeden on the Orange squad and another on the White team – finished with more than 100 receiving yards. Tracy Moore led all receivers with 128 yards on four catches, including TD receptions of 26 and 33 yards in the first quarter. Sophomore Charlie Moore had three catches for 110 yards, including an 86-yard scoring catch and run from Deaton and subsequent two-point conversion catch to pull the Orange team within 49-46 with 1:18 remaining in the game.

Josh Cooper, playing with Chelf on the White team, was the other 100-yard receiver. He finished with 119 yards on five catches.

The running games were also effective for both teams as Kye Staley had a game-best 55 yards on 11 carries for the White team, and Joseph Randle led the Orange squad with 38 yards on six rushes.

"I thought Tracy (Moore) obviously played well," said Gundy. "Jeremy Smith, Joseph Randle and Brandon played well. (Safety) Zack Craig played well. I thought (linebacker) Tyler Johnson made some big hits. I thought (Justin) Gilbert played well. There were a number of guys that made some plays."

Even though there were 95 points and nearly 900 total yards, the defenses for both teams came up with some big plays.

Linebacker Shaun Lewis scooped up a fumble – caused when Jamie Blatnick stripped Staley of the ball near midfield – and raced untouched 51 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.

The Orange team's Johnny Thomas intercepted a Chelf pass midway through the second quarter, returning it 61 yards to set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Joe Aska Jr. on the very next play.

The White team took its first lead of the game 42-38 on Justin Gilbert's 97-yard kickoff return to open the second half, and then scored again on a rare Weeden mistake. Rolling to his right from the 31-yard line, the senior quarterback made a bad throw directly to safety Daytawion Lowe, who intercepted the pass and took it 80 yards the other way for what would be the game-clinching touchdown.

Defensively, White team middle linebacker Caleb Lavey had a game-high eight tackles while teammate Ryan Robinson, a junior college transfer who Cowboy fans were seeing in action for the first time, recorded two of the game's four sacks. Zack Craig had two of the White team's three interceptions (Lowe's 80-yarder for a touchdown was the other).

There was a total of eight turnovers – five by the White team and three from the Orange – by the two teams.

"The only thing we needed to do a better job of is taking care of the football. There are always some issues there when you split up your offense with timing and things like that. Overall it was a great day. We had great support from the fans and ex-players. We had a great showing there and had beautiful weather. It's another great spring for Oklahoma State," said Gundy.

Defensive coordinator Bill Young was pleased despite giving up 95 points.

"We scored three or four touchdowns on defense. We wanted to play well on defense, and at times we played really good. We had a great stop at the end of the game to give (the Orange team) a chance to win," said Young. "We are getting better. We are improving. Two-a-days (in August) will be an important time for us. We feel really good about where we are."

White 49, Orange 46
Orange 28 10 0 8 – 46
White 7 28 14 0 – 49

Orange (7-0): Tracy Moore 26-yard pass from Brandon Weeden (Bobby Stonebraker kick). Drive: 25 yards, 2 plays.
Orange (14-0): Tracy Moore 33-yard pass from Brandon Weeden (Cody Phillips kick). Drive: 51 yards, 4 plays.
White (14-7): Clint Chelf 1-yard quarterback sneak. (Quinn Sharp kick). Drive: 65 yards, 7 plays.
Orange (21-7): Joseph Randle 4-yard pass from Brandon Weeden (Bobby Stonebraker kick). Drive: 71 yards, 4 plays.
Orange (28-7): Shaun Lewis 51-yard fumble return (Cody Phillips kick).
White (28-14): Jeremy Smith 22-yard pass from Clint Chelf (Quinn Sharp kick). Drive: 65 yards, 8 plays.
White (28-21): J.W. Walsh 1-yard quarterback sneak. (Quinn Sharp kick). Drive: 85 yards, 7 plays.
White (28-28): Jeremy Smith 24-yard run (Quinn Sharp kick). Drive: 71 yards, 8 plays.
Orange (35-28): Joe Aska Jr. 4-yard run (Bobby Stonebraker kick). Drive: 4 yards, 1 play.
White (35-35): Justin Blackmon 1-yard pass from Clint Chelf (Quinn Sharp kick). Drive: 65 yards, 8 plays.
Orange (38-35): Cody Phillips 26-yard field goal. Drive: 56 yards, 15 plays.
White (38-42): Justin Gilbert 97-yard kickoff return (Quinn Sharp kick).
White (38-49): Daytawion Lowe 80-yard interception return (Quinn Sharp kick).
Orange: (46-49): Charlie Moore 86-yard pass from Johnny Deaton (Charlie Moore pass from Johnny Deaton). Drive: 86 yards, 1 play.

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