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September 25, 2011
Weeden passes coach on way to weekly honor
Mike Gundy's 429 yards against Kansas in 1989 stood as the Cowboys' single-game passing record for 18 years before Zac Robinson surpassed it in 2007.
Since then, Weeden twice has passed his coach and his quarterback predecessor in the record book. The latest came Saturday in a key win over Texas A&M, which solidified Oklahoma State as a Big 12 contender and a top-10 team.
[Rankings: AP/coaches poll]
Weeden was 47-of-60 for a school-record 438 yards and two touchdowns in a second-half comeback that saw the Cowboys edge the Aggies 30-29. His performance earned Weeden Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.
"We have a lot of momentum going forward now," Weeden said. "This is my biggest win."
Oklahoma State trailed 20-3 at halftime, but the Cowboys ran the up-tempo, no-huddle offense to near-perfection in the third quarter. Weeden was 22-of-27 for 230 yards in the third period alone. His numbers could have had an even greater had wide receiver Justin Blackmon not turned the ball over on an unforced fumble through the end zone.
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"We just couldn't get there in the second half," Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman said. "Kids lost their legs and were cramping. Certainly when you bring pressure and you're not able to harass or change the rhythm of the quarterback, there's a problem. He was able to hang on to the ball for quite a long time and was very effective when he did."
Watkins, on the other hand, is just getting started.
Watkins, a five-star recruit from Fort Myers (Fla.) South Fort Myers caught eight passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns in a wild 35-30 victory over Florida State to earn National Freshman of the Week honors for the second week in a row. Watkins has 296 receiving yards in his past two games and at least one touchdown reception in every game this season.
Despite his growing reputation, Watkins still was able to sneak past the Florida State secondary for a 62-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, which put the game away.
"I most definitely know I'm going to catch the ball," Watkins said. "On that third-and-6, I told the coaches to call the play because I was so confident that we could get it."
NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
Two seasons ago, Morris was the coach at Austin (Texas) Lake Travis High. Last season, Morris was the coordinator at Tulsa in defense-challenged Conference USA. Now, after just four games at Clemson, Morris is proving he can lead an offense at any level.
Under Morris, Clemson passed for 344 yards and rushed for 111 in the 35-30 win over Florida State. A week after Clemson ran 92 plays against Auburn, Morris' offense ran 86 against FSU.
The next game may be the biggest test yet for Morris, as Tigers visit Virginia Tech.
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