The Brandon Weeden to Justin Blackmon connection has propelled Oklahoma State as one of the top offenses in the country and entered Big 12 play against an equally potent, but a little more error-prone Texas A&M team lead by quarterback Jerrod Johnson.
Error-prone, but talented describes Johnson. There is still time to turn things around for the senior signal caller as the season progresses, but throwing four additional interceptions against the Cowboys was too much to overcome.
The last turnover was used by the Cowboys to set up the game-winning FG with no time remaining on the clock in a 38-35 thrilling win for Okalhoma State and a crushing loss for the Aggies.
Johnson finished with career highs in completions and attempts with a 40 for 62 performance for 409 yards and five passing touchdowns.
Normally, a 400 yard game is good enough to win most of the time, but four interceptions-8 in the past two games–sort of put a damper on things.
Weeden was more efficient in his 28 for 42 effort that garnered 284 yards, but he was a little less error-prone with only two interceptions.
Kendall Hunter rushed for 102 yards on 22 carries and Justin Blackmon continued to have a strong season with his 127 yard performance.
The Aggies drop to 3 and 1 overall and conference record drops to 0 and 1. The Cowboys remain undefeated and improve to 4 and 0 and is 1 and 0 in the Big 12.
Senior Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson had struggled mightily against Florida International on September 18th and threw four consecutive third quarter interceptions that put the Aggies behind by two touchdowns, but Johnson was able to recover and beat the Golden Panthers, 27-20.
Though it was a tough couple moments in that particular game, Johnson said he never lost confidence in himself.
“I pride myself on not throwing interceptions,” Johnson said. “I feel they are personal challenge [to me] against the defense. I want to throw the ball again. That’s my mentality. I’m not gun-shy at all, I will never be gun-shy. On a couple of the interceptions I probably shouldn’t have thrown the ball. On some of them I should have throw them but needed to put them in a better place. When you get in those moments or funks, you have to realize you’re in one and you have to try to figure out how to fix it.”
Against Oklahoma State, turnovers have continued to plaque the talented Johnson.
Things started well as the Aggies scored the game’s first two touchdowns. However, the interception bug started to bite Johnson as early as the first quarter, but it didn’t result to any points against the highly explosive Oklahoma State offense.
However, things started to dramatically change after halftime as the Cowboys started to cash in on Johnson’s mistakes and sudden propensity to turn the football over to the other team.
Johnson was billed as a Heisman candidate entering the 2010 season (You Tube video), but the six-foot five, 245 pound senior quarterback has had his tough moments under pressure and for a second consecutive game against the Cowboys.