Bedlam: Notebook

Oklahoma's struggles defending the pass have been well documented this season and there is at least one statistic that should be very encouraging to Cowboy fans heading into Saturday's Bedlam contest.

Oklahoma has only faced two quarterbacks ranked in the national top 10 in passing yards, Texas Tech's Seth Doege and Baylor's Robert Griffin III, and lost to both.

Griffin is seventh in passing yards with 3,678 yards and also has 34 touchdown passes against three interceptions. Doege is fifth with 3,999 and 28 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.

The third quarterback in the top 10 the Sooners will have to deal with is OSU's Brandon Weeden, who ranks the highest of the three. Weeden is third nationally in passing with 4,111. Weeden is also tied for the Big 12 lead with 34 touchdown passes and has 12 interceptions on the year.

Teams find common ground in honoring soldiers

Oklahoma State and Oklahoma will both honor Oklahoma's 45th Infantry Brigade during Saturday's Bedlam football game at Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Oklahoma National Guard announced on Friday that players from both schools will wear the 45th's Thunderbird emblem on their helmets during the game.

About 3,000 soldiers with the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade are currently deployed to Afghanistan and Kuwait. They're expected to return to the United States in March 2012.

Should the Cowboys win on Saturday...

It would give Oklahoma State's senior class its 40th win. That would tie LSU and Utah for the seventh most in the nation over a four-year span. The only schools with more are Boise State (48), Alabama (47), TCU (45), Oregon (42), Virginia Tech (42) and Oklahoma (41). OSU's 39 wins is currently tied with perennial Big Ten power Ohio State.

A Cowboy victory would also tie coach Mike Gundy with Jim Lookabaugh (58-41-6) as the second winningest coach in Cowboy football history. Gundy is 57-30 and his former coach, Pat Jones, is the all-time wins (and losses) leader at 62-60-3.

Lastly, a Cowboy win would obviously give the Pokes their first 11-win regular season and first outright Big 12 title, as well as ensure their first BCS berth.

Weeden 2 Blackmon

It would have been hard to imagine Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon surpassing last season's ridiculous, record-setting numbers knowing that defenses would be keying on them more than they were a season ago. But Bedlam presents both realistic opportunities to top last year's totals, including the Alamo Bowl.

Weeden has already passed the school record he set last season for completions with 355 after completing 342 in 2010. He will almost certainly break the passing record against the Sooners. He had 4,277 last year and needs just 167 to break it.

Weeden is also a virtual lock for the completion percentage record, again set by him last year. Weeden is completing 73 percent of his passes entering Bedlam and needs to stay above 66.9 percent to break his own school record. The senior quarterback also needs just 193 yards to break the record for total offense in a season, set by him with 4,209 last year.

Blackmon is also on pace to shatter some records of his own. The junior receiver set the school record with 111 receptions in 2010 and enters Bedlam with 103 with a minimum of two games to left to play. Another one to keep an eye on is the touchdown reception record of 20 he set a year ago, he has 15 at this point.


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