Monday, April 18, 2011
Big 12 spring game recap: Oklahoma State
By ESPN.com staff
What we learned:
- Brandon Weeden completed 20-of-37 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns for the Orange team.
- Justin Blackmon led all receivers with eight catches, finishing with 87 yards and a touchdown.
- Linebacker Caleb Lavey, likely to replace Orie Lemon at linebacker, led all tacklers with eight stops.
- Zack Craig, suiting up for the White team, had two interceptions, three pass breakups and made seven tackles.
- Oklahoma State played one of the most standardized spring games, splitting into two teams and playing a regularly scored football game. The White team erased a 28-7 first-quarter deficit and won 49-46.
- An estimated crowd of 16,000 showed up.
They said it:
- For a program looking to retain the type of offense it racked up last season, Saturday had to be encouraging. Fans and coaches alike had to smile when they saw the 38-35 halftime score. It slowed down in the second half, but the Cowboys' playmakers on both sides of the ball did what they do best.
- We've heard Oklahoma State tout Hubert Anyiam's return this spring, but Tracy Moore and Josh Cooper had huge days with a combined nine catches for 247 yards and two scores. Anyiam would add some nice depth to the Cowboys' receiving corps, but it's clear they're still not seeing much dropoff.
- Get to know the names Justin Gilbert and Shaun Lewis if you haven't already. Oklahoma State fans have, but the sophomore defensive duo made big plays to cap off productive springs. Lewis recovered a fumble and returned it 51 yards for a score, and Gilbert returned the second half kickoff for a 97-yard score. Lewis is already a star, but Gilbert could become one next season at cornerback for the Cowboys, as well as continuing his stellar job returning kicks.
- Weeden is obviously locked in at starter, but Clint Chelf looks like he's taken control of the No. 2 spot and is the likely heir after next season. He'll get more spot duty next season, but on Saturday he completed 20-of-31 passes for 260 yards and a pair of scores.
- Great, great, great to see Kye Staley back on the field. He suffered a horrific knee injury in 2009 and quit the team before returning in the spring. He finally got back into action and led all rushers with 55 yards on 11 carries. He might not get many touches next season in a muddled group behind Jeremy Smith and Joseph Randle, but just getting back to this point is an accomplishment.
"The offense looks very similar to what you saw last year. For those of you that just saw it today, I don’t know that you’d see any difference." -- Mike Gundy.
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