No. 6 Oklahoma State riding 7-game road win streak
Brandon Weeden has no reason to fear playing on the road.
Why would he? Since taking over as the starting quarterback for
No. 6 Oklahoma State, Weeden is a perfect 7-0 in away games heading
into this Saturday’s game at No. 22 Texas.
He’s responsible for overseeing the third-longest active road
streak in the nation, behind only Virginia Tech’s 10 straight and
Oregon’s eight in a row. And it’s the second-longest ever at
Oklahoma State, bettered only by an 11-game run of perfection from
1943 to 1945.
”I really just enjoy going on the road and playing. I think
it’s fun to go into other people’s places and use that negative
energy or the vibes and use it positive in our way,” Weeden said
Weeden can add another impressive accomplishment to his resume
Saturday with a win against the Longhorns (4-1, 1-1 Big 12). The
Cowboys have only two wins in 16 visits to Austin, so – combined
with last year’s win – he’d become the team’s first quarterback
ever to win twice there.
He’s already led Oklahoma State to its first wins both at Texas
and Texas Tech since 1944 – in the middle of the record-setting win
streak – and snapped a six-game losing streak at Kansas State.
”We kind of expect to win every game. You’ve got to take that
mindset when you go into a game or you’re in trouble,” Weeden
”I think (last year) was one of those deals; it was a great win
for us. I think it was kind of a monkey off our back because
everyone was talking about how long it had been.”
Historically, Oklahoma State has been nowhere near as good on
the road as at home. Since 1901, the program is 131 games over .500
at home and 119 games under .500 on the road.
Over the 19 years that followed Barry Sanders’ 1988 Heisman
Trophy season, the Cowboys were 28-70 in road games. In the past
three-plus seasons, they’re 13-3.
”I think it started with guys two or three years ago getting
the younger guys prepared and helping them stay focused, and just
not letting the road, the crowd, anything else get in your head
where you can’t have your mind on the game and what you’re supposed
to do,” center Casey LaBrue said.
”That really is the key to playing on the road, just staying
focused and not letting everything that goes around you get in your
head,” he added.
Coach Mike Gundy said that starts with Weeden, a former
minor-league baseball player who turns 28 on Friday. Before he ever
played in a hostile college stadium, Weeden played at plenty of
minor-league parks while dealing with the pressure of trying to
make it to the big leagues as a second-round pick by the New York
”In the last two years, he’s played with an NFL running back,
NFL wideouts, our good (offensive) line. And the biggest thing is
probably just his personality,” offensive coordinator Todd Monken
said. ”I don’t know if his pulse ever gets beyond just normal. He
doesn’t seem to get rattled.”
That certainly was the case last month at then-No. 8 Texas
A&M, when Oklahoma State fell behind by 17 points at halftime
and needed to rally for a 30-29 victory.
Weeden set school records with 47 completions and 60 attempts in
that game, throwing for 438 yards with two touchdowns and no
interceptions to lead the comeback. He got everyone involved,
completing at least 10 passes to three different receivers – Justin
Blackmon, Josh Cooper and Hubert Anyiam.
”When you’re out there on the field and you’re playing, you’re
so wrapped up in what you’re doing and not making mistakes and
getting everybody lined up, so you don’t really feel the difference
playing at home or away,” Weeden said.
”I enjoy playing on the road so much that I don’t really let
the surroundings and stuff bother me,” he added.