Lost in the shuffle of the opening night of the NFL season, college football continued into it’s second week with a rematch of the 2010 Alamo Bowl.
It was very one sided, so I won’t blame you if you didn’t flip back and forth between that an the NFL.
What you did miss, was a stellar performance by Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden who threw for 397 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception while racking up points to a 37-14 win. Weeden looks very poised throwing. It’s hard to tell how he relates to the NFL game because Oklahoma State operates almost entirely out of the shotgun, but his arm looks excellent and his accuracy looks solid. His decision making could use some work, throwing 3 interceptions last week against Louisiana-Lafayette and other last night, but on the whole this looks like a promising quarterback in the making.
It doesn’t hurt to have one of the nations top receivers in Justin Blackmon, who tore up the field for 12 receptions, 128 yards and 2 scores. He’s a man amongst boys at this level and looks exactly like another Oklahoma State receiver – Dez Bryant. He’s fast and big with sure hands, all big pluses for him at the next level.
Arizona quarterback Nick Foles also turned in a solid performance, but without the points it looks much weaker. He was 37/51 for 398 yards and 1 score. He didn’t throw any picks however and played without top receiver Juron Criner. Often Foles looked like he was lacking a reliable target for third downs, but maintained his composure even while he team was being decimated. It’d be nice to see some more aggressiveness out of him going forwards, often he was tuck the ball instead of making a play. At the next level, he’s going to have to fit things in tighter windows and carry a team. He has NFL talent, but inconsistency has plagued him his whole college career.
Oklahoma State’s defense didn’t allow a point until the 2nd half. As I said, Foles was moving the ball fairly well, but at crunch time the Cowboys held up and forced punts.
Arizona’s defense failed to stop almost anything, allowing 197 rushing yards, 121 from John Randle, on the way to defeat. The program that continues to be a ‘sleeper’ and ‘dark horse’ going into season continues to struggle to backup even mild expectations. Arizona needs to turn things around in the Pac 12, or they could see an overhaul at the end of the year.