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Oklahoma State Rides Big Third Quarter To 30-29 Win Over Texas A&M

In a battle of two of the nation’s best offenses, it was Brandon Weeden and Oklahoma State who came away with the big plays and the 30-29 win over Texas A&M. The win moves OSU to 4-0 on the season, while the Aggies dropped to 2-1 and lost their final Big 12 opener.

Weeden threw for 437 yards on 60 passes – the Cowboys ran 95 total offensive plays – and avoided mistakes, completing 78% of his throws and hitting for 2 TD while not throwing a interception. Ryan Tannehill, who had thrown just one interception all season, threw three and the Aggies lost the turnover battle 4-1.

A&M looked to be in control after the first half. They led 20-3 at halftime on a Tannehill pass to Jeff Fuller, a 65-yard Tannehill TD run, and three field goals. The third quarter swung the game, though, as the Cowboys went on a 21-0 run and extended it with two more field goals early in the fourth before the Aggies scored a late TD to narrow the final margin.

Star receiver Justin Blackmon scored and caught 11 passes for 119 yards for OSU, but he was outdone by teammage Josh Cooper (11-124) and almost matched by Hubert Anyiam (10-92). Christine Michael was effective for A&M with 62 yards on six carries, but OSU shut down Cyrus Gray, holding him to 38 yards on 13 carries.

Oklahoma State returns home in two weeks to host Kansas before they make their trip to Austin, while Texas A&M has their Cowboys Stadium matchup with Arkansas in one week.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.