Cowboys tame Wildcats

Oklahoma State earned its second win of the season the same way it earned its last win of 2010 — by blowing out the Arizona Wildcats.

The Cowboys handled Arizona 37-14 in front of a national television audience Thursday night in Stillwater nine months after besting the Cats 36-10 in the Alamo Bowl.

OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden broke two school records on the night, with his 42-of-53 passing performance accounting for the most completions and attempts in OSU history. Weeden finished with 397 yards through the air with two touchdowns and an interception.

After being kept out of the end zone in the Cowboys' opener against Louisiana, junior receiver Justin Blackmon hauled in two nearly identical touchdown receptions off fade routes in the right corner of the west end zone. Blackmon caught 12 passes for 128 yards, including the two scores.

Even though the Weeden-to-Blackmon combination got back on track Thursday night, perhaps the most impressive performance was turned in by sophomore running back Joseph Randle. Randle rushed the ball 15 times for 121 yards, good for 8.1 yards per carry, and two touchdowns, while also chipping in nine receptions for 99 yards. Fellow sophomore running back Jeremy Smith chipped in 66 yards on 11 carries with a score.

The Cowboy offense rolled to 594 yards of total offense but the toughest opponent the Cowboys faced in Boone Pickens Stadium might not have been the Wildcats, but rather the officiating.

OSU had 10 penalties for 90 yards, which coach Mike Gundy said prevented the offense from establishing a consistent rhythm in the victory.

"I'm disappointed in myself and our coaching staff," Gundy said. "We allowed our players to be undisciplined with penalties and with the cuts and the chop blocks. I told the team after the game that I'm really unsure, myself, of what that rule is and we will identify what the problem is and we'll get it cleaned up."

On the other side of the ball, the Cowboy defense was exceptional against the run, allowing just 41 yards on 21 carries. The Wildcats only had 6 yards on 8 carries at halftime.

Arizona quarterback Nick Foles has a fair amount of success through the air, going 37-for-51 for 398 yards with a touchdown. Even though UA had success passing, the OSU defense succeeded in the most important aspect — keeping them out of the end zone.

"It does (help by keeping them out of the end zone)," Gundy said. "As you know, you'd like to stop them and not give up so many yards. They're pretty good on offense. They have a good scheme and their quarterback is experienced."

Overall, Gundy and the Cowboys were pleased with the performance but there are key issues to address moving forward, but the key stat from the night is in the win column as the Cowboys improved to 2-0.

"We have work ahead of us and we've got to become a better fundamental football team," he said. "That's the responsibility of myself and our coaches."

OSU returns to action a week from Saturday when they travel to face in-state rival Tulsa.

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