Oklahoma State's combination of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon has produced at a level unmatched in college football this year.
Even though they have only played five games, the Oklahoma State battery still has the second-most yards of any quarterback-receiver tandem, behind only Hawaii's combo of Bryant Moniz and Greg Salas, and they have connected on an NCAA-leading 11 touchdowns.
A former second-round draft pick of the New York Yankees, Weeden, who will be 27 on Sunday, shows the poise and maturity at the quarterback position that his age dictates he possess. Intangibles aside, he still has been one of college football's top statistical quarterbacks this season and ranks 10th in the nation in passing yards and is tied for first in passing touchdowns (with Greg Moniz) at 18.
Justin Blackman has had three games with 10+ receptions already this year, and remains the Cowboys' game-breaking playmaker at the wide receiver position. A down field threat because of his size and ability to out jump defensive backs, Blackman has had three touchdowns of over 40 yards, including an 81-yard score in a win against Tulsa.
Oklahoma State will need their dynamic duo to continue their success once the schedule starts to toughen up in October and November. Games against No. 5 Nebraska and No. 6 Oklahoma loom, for the Cowboys, and they hope that Weeden and Blackmon are up to the task.