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Daily Bullets (September 3)



Back to the Well

A common thread in the Cowboys 21-0 start on Thursday was the defender who got torched each time.

(Tyron) Johnson made a tremendous adjustment to catch the pass over Tulsa cornerback Kerwin Thomas.

The throw set a tone for the evening: The Cowboys were going to create big plays at will.

Drive number two lasted just 2 minutes, 13 seconds, and ended when James Washington burned Thomas deep down the middle of the field and caught a 40-yard pass for a score in stride.

Even when Thomas thought he was about to jump a route for an interception, he whiffed, allowing Marcell Ateman to make a catch and run 49 yards to set up OSU’s next score.

At that point, with the score 21-0, the most amazing part was how easy it looked. The three scoring drives took just 4:31 combined. [TulsaWorld]

Three times in a row! Then when Rudolph threw it a hair late to Ateman, it went for 49 yards. Poor fella.

Filling Out the Depth Chart

Going back to the second half of last season, the burgeoning Cowboy run game has been an amazing improvement.

It is a remarkable sign of progress for a running game stuck in the doldrums from 2013-15. The Cowboys averaged less than 4 yards per carry in 23 of 39 games over those three seasons, and in seven of the first eight games of 2016.

Thursday marked the sixth consecutive game in which OSU averaged more than 4 yards per carry and totaled 180-plus yards on the ground.

Hill is a huge reason for that, but Oklahoma State’s talent at the position overall seems to be on the rise. [TulsaWorld]

Those “or’s” on the depth chart felt like more of a plea that somebody listed would develop – now it points to the favorites in a more than capable stable of backs.

OSU and NCAA Notes

Mizzou TD took back for excessive celebration (slightly unreasonable call)….Baylor wrote a letter of commendation for Briles in May….Ezekiel Elliott admitted to using drugs while at Ohio State (never busted over three years)….How college football teams are supporting/commemorating Harvey victims

Thank goodness for Mr. Wallstadt.

This is awesome.

Friend of the Pokes Matt Holliday went yard in the NYY/BoSox game yesterday.

Swing and a miss.

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