(Saturday, September 11th)
Final Score: Oklahoma State 41, Troy 38
Stillwater, OK (Sports Network) - Brandon Weeden threw for 348 yards and two touchdowns as the Oklahoma State Cowboys held on to defeat the Troy Trojans, 41-38, in non-conference action at Boone Pickens Stadium.
Weeden converted 29-of-39 passing for the Cowboys (2-0), was picked off twice and suffered a pair of sacks but still managed to get his team into the win column. Justin Blackmon caught 10 passes for 132 yards and two scores and Kendall Hunter accounted for 157 yards and scored twice on 28 carries for OSU.
The Trojans (1-1) were paced by Corey Robinson who hit on 28-of-38 passing for 272 yards and three touchdowns in the setback.
Oklahoma State put the first points on the board early in the first quarter when Dan Bailey knocked through a 29-yard field goal.
Troy kicker Michael Taylor responded five and a half minutes later when he converted a 36-yard field goal to finish off a 12-play, 62-yard drive.
Bailey's 22-yard field goal in the second quarter was followed by a 10-yard touchdown run by Hunter for the Cowboys, providing the home team with a 13-3 advantage.
Robinson kept the Trojans more than competitive as he found Jason Bruce and Jerrel Jernigan with touchdown passes for 47 and 10 yards in a span of just over three minutes to give the visitors a 17-13 edge. Add to that a 41-yard field goal by Taylor and the Cowboys found themselves trailing by a touchdown late in the first half.
On the ensuing possession Hunter evened the score at 20-20 when he hit the end zone from 24 yards out, but before the half could end Jernigan again struck for the Trojans, this time on a 100-yard kickoff return, to provide Troy with a 27-20 advantage at the break.
The opening possession of the second half saw Weeden march the Cowboys 79 yards on 10 plays, culminating with a two-yard scoring strike to Blackmon to tie the game at 27-27. Three minutes later Josh Cooper raced 66 yards to the end zone for the Cowboys, raising the lead to 34-27.
Troy tried to stay close with a 27-yard field goal by Taylor at the 4:31 mark of the third quarter and a 14-yard TD pass between Robinson and Brett Moncrief late in the fourth, but in between Weeden and Blackmon combined on a 45-yard TD pass play that proved to be the game winner in the three-point decision.
Oklahoma State registered 522 yards of total offense, compared to just 371 for the Trojans even as the teams ran the same number of offensive plays (76).
09/11 23:32:22 ET