Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Alamo Bowl notes
By ESPN.com staff
ESPN Stats & Information has some interesting notes on the Valero Alamo Bowl.
- Arizona is 3-3 all-time vs. Oklahoma State, though they haven't played since 1942.
- 16 Arizona players call Texas home, including QB Nick Foles.
- Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon has 20 receiving touchdowns this season, and 11 of them have been for over 20 yards. That's the most in the country by two.
- Oklahoma State’s offense can move quickly. The Cowboys have 47 touchdown drives this season over 60 yards, third most in the FBS, and 16 of those have been in under a minute and a half. That's three more than even Oregon.
- Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden has been more accurate on longer throws this season than Foles, and one reason is his ability to hit Biletnikoff Award winner, Justin Blackmon. Weeden has completed 50 percent of his pass attempts of 20-plus yards compared to 36.6 percent for Foles. Weeden is 10 of 16 with three TDs when he targets Blackmon. Both Weeden and Foles, however, have the same TD to interception ratio: 6:1.
- Foles is at his best going deep on first down. He's completed 10 of 19 pass attempts for 20-plus yards on first down, with five TDs and no interceptions. Also, Foles is 6 for 10 with three TDs off of play-action. Throwing deep on second or third down? Foles is 5 of 22 with a TD and an interception.
- When Weeden sees pressure from Arizona, he’ll be sure to look for Blackmon, who is targeted more than any other Oklahoma State receiver when a defense blitzes. When he targets Blackmon against a blitz, his completion rate is 85.7 percent.