Linebacker James Thomas told me earlier in the week that they had to take the Tech crowd out of the game in the first half in order to feel comfortable. I'm not even sure he had 49-0 in mind. Only the Cowboys' 56-7 halftime advantage against Kansas is comparable to what the Pokes did on Saturday. And even then I'm not sure it compares because Tech is a much better team than KU and OSU's defense was unbelievable in Lubbock.
Quinn Sharp — A+
OSU fans are well aware of the weapon Sharp is for this team but he was on an entirely different level on Saturday, especially in the first half. Sharp had eight first half kickoffs, seven went for touchbacks and they weren't even decisions on whether or not to bring them out. They nearly left the stadium along with Raider fans. The lone kickoff that didn't exit the back of the end zone was mishandled by the Tech return team and pounced on by Josh Stewart for a touchdown to make it 35-0.
Brandon Weeden — A
I thought I heard it was windy in Lubbock? Weeden sure didn't seem to notice on his way to a 31-of-37 passing performance for 423 yards and five touchdowns. Precision is something we've come to expect from the Cowboy senior but to do what he did in those conditions on the road is that much more impressive. From the look of it, Weeden played himself firmly into the Heisman discussion.
OSU defense — A+
This was the performance of the season so far for the Cowboy defense. Texas Tech entered the game ranked No. 11 nationally in total offense with 497.3 yards per game. The Cowboy defense bared its teeth, holding them to just 270 yards of offense and 169 passing, a season low. The defense actually shut out the Red Raiders' offense, as there only points came off a fumble return. This was as fine a performance from beginning to end as we've seen from this defense and it was nothing short of dominant. OSU received major contributions in all facets of the defense. The line controlled the line of scrimmage, the linebackers were 100-times better than they were a week ago and the secondary didn't give Seth Doege any options. All in all, it was a beautiful thing to watch.
Herschel Sims — A
The true freshman running back has made the most of his opportunities in recent weeks and Saturday did nothing to stop the trend. Sims came in for garbage time with the game already decided but managed to reel off 109 yards on 13 carries, despite the Red Raiders knowing OSU was going to run and playing behind the second string offensive line. Sims runs hard and he hits the holes with very good vision. He is developing nicely as the season progresses.
Joseph Randle — C+
Randle scored three more touchdowns on Saturday, just another day at the office. The sophomore now has 14 touchdowns in the past four games and he moved into a tie for the national lead in touchdowns. The only reason his grade takes a hit is because of two uncharacteristic fumbles, one of which resulted in the Raiders' only score of the day.
Lone Star state of mind — A+
For the second consecutive season Oklahoma State has become the Texas state champions. OSU completed the four-peat of Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Texas and Baylor last year for the first time ever and wrapped it up again for this season with the 66-6 drubbing of Tech. Perhaps even more impressive is only Baylor had to travel to Stillwater. OSU's other three victories came in Austin, College Station and Lubbock.