Oklahoma State Vs. Missouri 2011: Brandon Weeden Rebounds, Pokes Keep Title Hopes Alive

Brandon Weeden was coming off his worst outing of the year Saturday when he took the field against Missouri. In Oklahoma State's game against Texas the week before, Weeden hit career lows in completions, completion percentage, yardage, touchdowns and quarterback rating. If he needed a tune-up against Missouri, they were more than happy to oblige.

Weeden lit up the Tigers' secondary, going 33-of-49 for 338 yards, three touchdowns and interception -- and he did a good bit of that in the first half -- to keep the Cowboys rolling as the "other" team in the BCS national championship hunt. The 45-24 beatdown followed a 24-17 halftime score. It was hard to disagree with the summation from Missouri blog Rock M Nation.

Missouri kept doing just enough to give themselves an opportunity against a rock solid Oklahoma State team, then they did just enough to blow whatever opportunities they got.

Less publicized than Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, Oklahoma State has quietly moved to 7-0, with arguably the three toughest remaining games on the schedule (Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma) all at home. Still, if they're going to run the table, the Pokes might want to work on that defense. They gave up 463 yards and 26 first downs to Missouri -- and whatever you want to say about the Tigers' offense, it ain't Oklahoma's.

Missouri, meanwhile, has been less than impressive in what is looking more and more like the Tigers' last season in the Big 12. The Tigers are 3-4, with the wins coming against Miami (OH), Western Illinois and Iowa State. The schedule doesn't have any more of the conference's true heavyweights left on it, but all of the Texas teams precede the tilt with Kansas. Just getting to bowl eligibility is going to be a challenge, though not an insurmountable one.

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