OSU vs. Missouri Report Card

The Pokes receive high grades yet again on the heels of a 45-24 victory against Missouri in Columbia. OSU won it's ninth-straight road game and improved to 7-0 on the season.

Jerseys — A

I've been a fan of the new looks but it was nice to have that classic appeal for the first time this season. The all-whites are a nice look. Now, when will the orange make it's way onto the field?

Brandon Weeden — A

I'm not sure I've ever seen Weeden throw the ball that hard and that accurately for an entire game. Weeden rebounded from an up-and-down performance a week ago at Texas in a big way. His stat line of 33-for-49 passing for 338 yards and three touchdowns doesn't even accurately indicate how great he was on Saturday because both Hubert Anyiam and Justin Blackmon left the game with injuries and there were seven dropped passes in the first half alone. A second half interception (his first pick since Tulsa) is the lone detraction from his score. Weeden played an excellent game and remained unbeaten on the road as OSU's starting quarterback

Receiving Corps — B-

It was a mixed bag here for the Pokes. On the downside, there were a lot of drops … a lot. Add in the key losses of Anyiam and Blackmon and it looked like the receiving corps was in for a rough second half but that's where this grade earns its redemption. The Cowboys had nine players with a catch and five had three or more. The Pokes got a huge boost from Isaiah Anderson (five catches, 34 yards), Josh Stewart (2 for 20) and especially Michael Harrison, who had made the most of his opportunities with three receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. Harrison showed a lot of determination on his late reception where he broke a few tackles and fought for a first down on a third-and-long that basically wrapped up the game for the Pokes. Tracy Moore also recovered nicely from a rough outing at Texas with seven catches for 63 yards.

Jamie Blatnick — A

The senior defensive end cam up huge again for OSU. Blatnick had five tackles, a tackle for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. He also tipped two passes at the line that resulted in interceptions for Shaun Lewis and Richetti Jones. Blatnick has become perhaps the Cowboys' most consistent defensive performer in conference play.

Shaun Lewis — A

It would be hard to decide on a defensive player of the game between Blatnick and Lewis. Lewis was an absolute ballhawk on Saturday. He tallied nine tackles, including a monster hit on Missouri running back Henry Josey. He also had a pivotal interception and a fumble recovery to account for two of the Pokes' four second-half takeaways.

Opportunistic defense — A+

Sure OSU's defense had its bumps and bruises on Saturday, particularly in defending the option in the second quarter but the fact of the matter is this: OSU's defense gets the job done. OSU forced four more turnovers against the Tigers, giving them an unreal 15 takeaways in four conference games. The Pokes' D was vital in wins against Texas and Texas A&M and they came up big again today. This defense deserves more respect and the job defensive coordinator Bill Young has done with them as far as forcing turnovers has been amazing.


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