Thursday, September 29, 2011

Oklahoma State Earns Maxey College Weekly Awards

Mike Gundy named National Coach of the Week

STILLWATER, Okla. --- The Oklahoma State football program solidified its spot in the national rankings this past weekend with a win over No. 8 Texas A&M, 30-29. The weekly honors continue to pour in for the Cowboys. Senior quarterback Brandon Weeden earned National Player of the Week by Maxey College for his outstanding performance against the Aggies. The OSU offense was ranked sixth among the nations best, while the defensive secondary had the fourth best performance of the weekend. Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy was named the National Coach of the Week.

“The way our players handled that situation in the second half was beautiful,” said Gundy. “To win the game makes it that much more special. The way our players fought back as a group shows a lot about their character and who they are.”

Weeden nabs the award after completing 47-of-60 passes for 438-yards and two touchdowns. He orchestrated a comeback for the Cowboys that overcame a 20-3 halftime deficit. Weeden set school records for his 47 completions and 60 attempts. It was the first time in school history that three receivers had at least 10 catches in a game. Senior WR Josh Cooper had 11 catches for 123-yards and WR Justin Blackmon has 11 grabs for 121-yards and a TD. WR Hubert Anyiam had 92-yards receiving on 10 catches.

The Cowboy Defense was impressive in the second half. The secondary was extremely active and aggressive against the Aggies. Corner Justin Gilbert recorded nine tackles, including six solo. He also had an interception for the second consecutive week. Corner Broderick Brown had eight tackles with an INT, while senior safety Markelle Martin had six tackles. Daytawion Lowe and Deion Imade both played well in the victory.

Gundy earns the award after leading his team back from a large first half deficit. The Cowboys knocked off the eighth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies in Kyle Field in front of the fourth largest crowd in school history. OSU took advantage of the TAMU turnovers and penalties to reel off 27 straight points. “We really played well in all three phases of the game in the second half,” said Coach Mike Gundy in the locker room. “But, coming back and winning this game like we did today was really something “Special” for you to remember for the rest of your life. We did something that not many teams in the country could do. The type of character that we have on this team is Special. There will be times in all of your lives that you will remember us fighting-back and winning this game.

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