Justin Blackmon-led OSU remains undefeated
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Friday, October 08, 2010
10/09/10 at 12:07 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. – Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Rickey Bustle said that through the first four games of the Oklahoma State schedule, “nobody has been able to cover” Cowboy wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
OSU now has played five games, and Bustle’s assessment remains valid.
Blackmon, a sophomore who entered as the national leader in receiving yards per game and scoring, had career-high totals of 13 catches and 190 receiving yards as the 22nd-ranked Cowboys rallied from a halftime deficit to prevail 54-28 over the Ragin’ Cajuns of the Sun Belt Conference.
Blackmon scored two touchdowns and Kendall Hunter rushed for 126 yards on 28 carries. Cowboy senior kicker Dan Bailey had a sensational performance. Among his four field goals were two 52-yarders and a 47-yarder.
Friday night’s Cajun Field crowd of 25,881 – the 11th-largest crowd in school history – saw Louisiana-Lafayette fall to 2-3 overall.
The Cowboys, with a 5-0 record for only the fifth time in 64 years, resume Big 12 play next Saturday at Texas Tech.
Against the Ragin’ Cajuns, OSU finished with 492 total yards (306 during the second half) and was 9-of-15 on third-down conversions. Cowboy quarterback Brandon Weeden was 29-of-47 passing for 351 yards and five touchdowns. He was intercepted twice.
After a mostly awful first half, and after having trailed 21-17 at halftime, Oklahoma State rolled for three touchdowns during a third-quarter span of slightly more than six minutes. After a 1-yard run by Hunter, a 24-yard catch by Michael Harrison and a 22-yard catch by Hubert Anyiam, OSU got a 25-yard field goal from Bailey and led 41-28.
After totaling 57 first-half offensive plays, the Ragin’ Cajuns had only 30 during the second half. They did, however, gash OSU for a 97-yard kickoff-return touchdown by Darryl Surgent. Among 120 teams in Division I-A, the Cowboys rank dead-last in kickoff coverage.
Louisiana-Lafayette entered with national rankings of 95th in total offense and 93rd in total defense. The Ragin’ Cajuns scored 21 points during Friday’s second period. In eight quarters of losses to Georgia and Middle Tennessee State, Louisiana-Lafayette managed a combined total of only 21 points.
OSU also trailed at halftime of the Troy and Texas A&M games, but rallied to win.
OSU's Justin Blackmon scores under pressure from ULL's Orkeys Auriene in the first quarter Friday. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World