On paper it looked like a mismatch, but sometimes when a perceived better team is playing on someone else’s home field, anything can happen.
It was an aerial shootout by halftime between Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden and Louisiana-Lafayette’s Chris Masson.
However, in the end, the Cowboys had too many aerial bullets as a final 28 point blitz put away Louisiana-Lafayette, 54-28.
Cowboys’ head coach Mike Gundy admits that Louisiana-Lafayette’s crowd make a difference early in the game.
“We were definitely in a hornets’ nest,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “They [Louisiana-Lafayette] were full of energy, and their crowd was into it. Everything was playing in their favor.”
Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden has continued to play well and teammate Justin Blackmon has been the main beneficiary.
Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon caught 13 passes for 190 yards and has had five consecutive games of 100 yards or more yards receiving. This streak of stellar play ties Rashaun Woods (2002) and Hart Lee Dykes (1988) in Oklahoma State Cowboys’ history.
The Raging Cajuns kept things competitive, but Chris Dinkins intercepted a pass by Masson and the opportunistic Cowboys were able to put points on the scoreboard to take the lead for good.
After the turnover, Weeden was able to complete a 24 yard pass to Michael Harrison which extended the Cowboys’ lead at 31-21.
The Cowboys defense came up with another stop and forced a punt, and the nation’s second best offense led by Weeden completed four consecutive passes on a 80-yard drive which resulted with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Hubert Anyiam that stretch the lead to 38-21.
Oklahoma State will likely move up in the rankings next week with their big win. The Cowboys record improves to 5 and 0, 1 and 0 in the Big 12. The Cajuns’ record drops to 2 and 3, 2 and 1 in the Sun Belt Conference.