OSU: Report card

BY foxsports • October 20, 2010

Related Stories: Unbeaten path Guess who's undefeated for OSU-Nebraska clash OSU defense comes up big OSU: How they scored OSU notebook: Blatnick serves as captain Offense: B-plus In spite of 581 total yards - 356 passing, 225 rushing - OSU scored only one touchdown after the first period. Potential scoring possessions unraveled because of penalties and two Brandon Weeden interceptions. On each of the interceptions, Weeden forced passes to a well-covered Justin Blackmon.

Otherwise, OSU was solid. For the fourth time in six games, Blackmon had at least 10 catches. He scorched Tech for a career-high total of 207 yards on 10 receptions. He also scored on a 62-yard, third-quarter pass play. OSU's ground game was driven by Kendall Hunter (130 yards on 25 carries) and freshman Joseph Randle (95 yards on 17 attempts). Weeden passed for 356 yards and completed 69 percent of his passes. Defense: A Texas Tech entered with averages of 37 points and 333 passing yards per game. On Saturday, the Red Raiders managed only 17 points and 226 passing yards. Middle linebacker Orie Lemon had a career-high total of 17 tackles. The Cowboys were brilliant during the first period, during which the Red Raiders had 38 total yards and five punts. Safety Johnny Thomas forced a fumble that was recovered by end Jamie Blatnick. Star linebacker James Thomas forced a fumble that was recovered by cornerback Andrew McGee. Tackle Chris Donaldson was active with five tackles, one sack and a pass knock-down. After the Red Raiders drove to the Cowboy 4-yard line in the fourth period, OSU got a fourth-and-1 stop. Special teams: B OSU entered as the worst kickoff-coverage team in college football, but on Saturday the coverage was effective. The longest of Eric Stephens' three returns went for 27 yards. Conversely, OSU's return game was putrid. On the only punt-return opportunity, Bo Bowling muffed the punt. The loose ball was recovered by freshman Devin Hedgepeth. The longest of OSU's three kickoff returns was a 16-yarder by Johnny Thomas. Typically good were kicker Dan Bailey (who connected on field goals of 35 and 32 yards) and punter Quinn Sharp (a 45.0-yard average on four punts and four touchbacks on seven kickoffs).