No. 14 Oklahoma State Cowboys: Fundamentals Key in Loss to Nebraska
On a rainy Saturday afternoon in Stillwater, Oklahoma football reigns supreme. Homecoming weekend for the No. 14-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys, this was the weekend the Cowboys to make their unknown name a country wide underdog.
The Cowboys entered the season after losing phenom Dez Bryant and Zac Robinson on offense and lost a majority of their secondary and linebacker core.
Also, they brought in a completely knew offensive style with offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen which made this upcoming season even more of an uncertainty.
With a new quarterback, a new starting line, and a relatively young receiving core the Cowboys were believed to have a rebuilding year but had some promise.
That promise was the return of All-American running back Kendall Hunter, who never really got going last season thanks to injuries.
After an explosive 6-0 start, the Cowboys were the second highest scoring team in the country as sophomore Justin Blackmon led the Cowboys with play that many considered him the country's best receiver.
Blackmon's play had been outstanding, going for more than 100 yards a game (including a 200 yard game against Texas Tech) and bringing down 12 of junior quarterback Brandon Weeden's 19 touchdown passes.
The Cowboys however had their biggest test with No. 16 Nebraska coming to Stillwater for the last time. Bringing with them the countries best running game and one of the best defenses.
After a high scoring first half, Nebraska went up 31 to 27 at halftime and never looked back. The Cowboys stayed in the game thanks to Kendall Hunter who ran for 200 plus yards and two touchdowns and Blackmon had two scores as well off five catches for 157 yards.
But it wasn't the offense that brought down the Cowboys, it was fundamental plays defensively and on special teams.
The Cowboy secondary failed to make tackles on Nebraska's star freshman Taylor Martinez or his receivers as he had a career day through the air.
Then special teams as they let a kickoff be returned for a touchdown and early the in the game were fooled by a fake punt play.
The Cowboys offense did prove just how good they are however becoming the first team to score more than 21 points against Nebraska in fourteen straight games.
In the end however, the high octane offense wasn't enough to overcome all the fundamental mistakes that occurred defensively.
The mood as orange clad fans left the stadium mirrored that of the weather during homecoming week, cloudy with a chance of rain.
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