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Report card: Unorthodox play calls bolster OSU's offense

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Tanner McCalister making an interception as the dagger of the game for OSU.

The 2021 installment of Oklahoma State and Texas’ yearly matchup lived up to its lofty expectations. It had everything a football fan could want, crucial plays on defense, game changing plays on offense and even a few big-time field goals, and all these factors cumulated in a 32-24 OSU win.

Jaylen Warren: A

If the Cowboys had an offensive MVP through six games, running back Jaylen Warren would be opening his trophy case to make a new addition to as we speak.

Warren once again led the way for OSU, rushing for 193 yards. Ever since Warren started in the backfield against Boise State, the Cowboys' rushing offense has blossomed into the engine of the offense.

Warren even outrushed Texas back Bijan Robinson on Saturday. A reshuffling of the best running backs in the Big 12 is in order if Warren continues his dominant run.

Oklahoma State defense: A-

Outside of Robinson’s explosive plays in the first half and early third quarter, the Cowboy defense lived up to their reputation, holding the Longhorns to zero points after their first drive of the second half. Oklahoma State’s defense not only scored the team's first TD of the game, but also got a key interception on what would turn out to be Texas’ last drive of the game.

Play calling: C

It has not only been positive things that have become recurring themes for the Cowboys. The Pokes improved this grade by opening up their playbook later in the second half, but early in the game, the predictable play sequence of was painfully noticeable.

When the play-calling went to a more unpredictable blend of short and medium passes, the holes opened for running back Jaylen Warren and the OSU offense took off from there.

Jersey combo: B+

Sometimes going back to the basics is the best way to look good on the field. The classic black/white/black stuck out and looked nice on the turf in Austin. The pop of the bright orange contrasting with the matte black base of the helmets allowed the Pokes to look good while they played good.

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