Halftime analysis: Oklahoma 24, OSU 17

November, 27, 2010
11/27/10
10:03
PM ET
STILLWATER, Okla. -- It's not every day you see a game with almost as many turnovers as punts, but it definitely makes for an exciting half. That's what we've had here at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Stat of the half: Combined completion percentage of Landry Jones and Brandon Weeden, the Big 12's most productive quarterbacks. Together, they were at just 50 percent before Jones completed 5-of-6 passes on a field-goal drive to end the half and raise it to 54 percent (30-of-56).

Stat of the half II: Weeden and Jones have also combined for five interceptions. Just when each quarterback's team looked it could take control, they were derailed by a costly interception. That's made for a seesaw game, which might drive coaches crazy, but makes for good entertainment.

Best player in the half: Cornerback Brodrick Brown and linebacker Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State. Brown has an interception, and tipped another to Lewis from out of bounds as the first half of a spectacular play. Lewis returned his first interception of the day 52 yards for a touchdown to keep Oklahoma State in it early with the Sooners driving with a 14-3 lead.

What Oklahoma State needs to do: Keep testing Oklahoma's secondary deep when it gets a chance. Coaches like to say "You can only throw what you can block," and Oklahoma has pressured Weeden, but the Cowboys set up their only offensive touchdown of the day with a deep ball to Justin Blackmon.

What Oklahoma needs to do: Give more carries to its trio of backs, Roy Finch, DeMarco Murray and Trey Millard. Landry Jones has looked masterful one moment and clueless the next. That's not necessarily anything new for Oklahoma, but the Sooners can't afford any more crippling mistakes in this one. They've run the ball well, and Murray is looking as good as he has all year.

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