OSU vs. Tulsa Report Card

OSU's memorable 59-33 victory in the early morning hours on Sunday wrapped up the Cowboys nonconference schedule as the Pokes begin preparation for a trip to College Station to take on the Aggies. Here is a quick look at how the Cowboys graded out against the Golden Hurricane.

Fans — A+

Once the teams came back on to the field after nearly three hours had passed, OSU fans followed suit. The Cowboy faithful filed back into H.A. Chapman Stadium by the thousands. It was an impressive scene. Coach Mike Gundy and several players mentioned how much it meant to them to see so much orange in the stands in the wee hours of the morning.

Weather and late kick — F

While it made for a game Cowboy fans will certainly remember for years to come, the original 9:10 scheduled kick time was already late. When the ball finally got kicked at 12:15 a.m., 9 would have been a luxury. The three-hour delay caused by the severe thunderstorms that rolled through Oklahoma

Justin Gilbert — A

The Cowboys' sophomore corner had perhaps the best game of any on the OSU side in Tulsa. Gilbert gave the Cowboys an early spark when he returned a kick off 96 yards to give OSU a 7-3 lead. It was the third return of his career. Gilbert further cemented his amazing night when he intercepted a Kalen Henderson pass and returned it for 24 yards.

The only knock on his performance came when he allowed a 43-yard touchdown pass in single coverage but, to his credit, he was in good position and made a play on the ball only to be out muscled by TU's Bryan Burnham.

Brandon Weeden — C

Weeden torched the Hurricane secondary for 369 yards and three touchdowns and found 10 receivers in the process. Weeden kept solid footing and didn't bobble any snaps despite the unsavory conditions. That said, Weeden's grade takes a hit because he forced a few bad passes, throwing two more picks Sunday morning. Weeden's six picks through three games places him in a four-way tie for the most in the nation. He had two interceptions through three games last season.

Ball security/ Takeaways— A-

Other than a Weeden's two interceptions, the Cowboys were excellent at limiting miscues in the sloppy conditions. Zero fumbles showed up on the stat sheet but Colton Chelf did have a muffed punt return that the Cowboys recovered. On the other side of the ball, however, the Pokes forced the Hurricane into six turnovers and two other fumbles that TU recovered. OSU fared far better in the slick conditions than did Tulsa.

OSU run defense — D -

While the Cowboys did force plenty of turnovers and limited Tulsa to just 117 passing yards, stopping the TU running game was a different story. TU not only had a 100-yard rusher for the first time since 2009, they had two. Ja'Terian Douglas torched the Pokes for 173 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 touches for 14.4 yards per carry. Trey Watts also had his way, rumbling for 159 yards and on 6.9 per carry. The Cowboys have to address these issues before they face Texas A&M's backfield tandem of Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael on Saturday.

Brodrick Brown's effort — A+

On a double pass by the Hurricane, the OSU secondary bit hard and a TU receiver found himself all by himself as the ball floated toward him. It appeared as though it was going to be a huge play for Tulsa, but Cowboy corner Brodrick Brown was having none of that. Brown saw the unattended receiver across the field and sprinted toward him, Brown reached the play in time and jumped across for an incredible interception.

Asked is he thought he would get there in time, Brown replied, "Nope. I just saw him open and I knew somebody had to get there; thankfully I could. It was fun."

Tulsa Tandem — B+

Current Cowboys and former Tulsa Union teammates Jeremy Smith and Tracy Moore had solid performances in their hometown on Sunday morning.

Moore, a junior wide receiver, had four receptions for 72 yards against TU, where his father played college basketball.

Smith had 13 carries for 52 yards and a score. Smith's touchdown gave him at least one score in the Cowboys' past seven games.


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