Moore Where That Came From

Tracy Moore didn't mince words when asked what motivated him to have the best game of his career.

"Watching Justin Blackmon win the Biletnikoff," Moore said.

Moore took what he saw OSU's All-America wide out accomplish a year ago and he trimmed the fat off his game to emulate Blackmon — literally.

Moore slimmed down from 235 pounds to 215 in order to be a more agile and dynamic threat in the offense, and it showed in the No. 9 Cowboys' 61-34 victory against Louisiana on Saturday night.

"Really (losing the weight) wasn't such a big thing, I just had to stop eating certain things," Moore said. "It wasn't so strict that I didn't enjoy what I was eating. One of our old trainers here when I first started asked me, ‘Are you living to eat or eating to live?' I kind of sat there and really thought about that."

Now 20 pounds lighter, less was Moore for the Pokes.

The Cowboy junior had the best game of his career, catching seven passes for 112 yards and a score — something he said he wouldn't have been able to accomplish had he not shed the pounds.

"I think, in order to win (an award like the Biletnikoff) at 235, I wasn't going to be able to have all these 100-yard type games. At 235, that's pretty much impossible," Moore said.

And Moore's dedication to reinvent himself over the offseason did make something impossible on Saturday — stopping the OSU offensive machine.

The boost Moore and fellow receivers Michael Harrison, Justin Horton, Isaiah Anderson, Josh Stewart, etc. gave the Cowboys on Saturday helped OSU roll up 666 yards of total offense, good for the ninth best performance in school history.

"Tracy made a lot of plays early in the game, (Louisiana) was rolling over the top of Blackmon and taking him away, which makes you vulnerable in the middle of the field," coach Mike Gundy said. "(Moore) was not only in the right place, but he made some nice catches … It never fails, guys that make plays in practice make plays in games."

Blackmon, who had eight catches for 144 yards despite the constant double teams he faced, said he's thrilled that he could provide motivation for Moore.

"If that's what he said, I hope I could inspire him and I hope that it happens with everyone," Blackmon said. "As the season progresses, I hope that everyone can make plays from the receiver position."

Moore had 17 receptions for 212 yards and a TD a season ago with Brandon Weeden at quarterback and the senior signal caller said he feels more comfortable with No. 87 now.

"Tracy played well. He's one of those big body guys who can go over the middle and get it," Weeden said. "That one he caught at the half-yard line, that was a big time play because it set up the Mike Harrison touchdown. He played well. He blocked well, he had a couple big time blocks on the perimeter."

After all the hard work, Moore saw his effort pay dividends in Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday and he took some time to revel in it before the focus shifts to Arizona on Sunday.

"I had a lot of fun, it reminded me of those old high school days catching all those passes," Moore. "It felt really good; really, really great."


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