Re: Dutch's Mock Draft v1.0
Defense forced UT to punt gain, however.
On the next series, there was a 23-yd shovel pass to Blackmon.
This is a quick flip of the ball to the receiver in motion across the backfield that is considered a forward pass (a completion and 23 yard gain).
On third and 9 Weeden threw a pass high that went thru the hands of the safety (receiver was nowhere near); I don't think Manning, Quin, or even Nolan would miss that opportunity.
On 4th and 9 at the Horns 34, Weeden completed an "easy" pass to Blackmon on a slant to the middle of the zone (no pass rush), receiver wide-open.
On the next play, Weeden found Blackmon on another simple slant for a 15yd TD. This is another pitch-and-catch, a very common pass for Weeden the whole year long.
Defense did enough to limit the Horns to a FG
With 3'09 left in the half, UT didn't play close enough to the receivers, allowing a lot of short passes.
On 2nd and 2, the pressure did force Weeden to throw away a pass (should have been intentional grounding here - receiver ran a slant route; Weeden threw the ball toward the sideline, out of bound; he purposedly threw the ball away to avoid a sack.)
On 3rd and 2 OSU ran for 1
On 4th and 1, RB Smith rushed 30 yards for a TD.
All of the passes Weeden completed (4 of 6 for 44 yards) were uncontested on this drive.
OSU led 21-10 at the half.
Weeden was 15-24 for 172 yards (including 4 passes thrown behind the LOS - So he actually was 11-20 for less than 140 yards, including dump-offs and short passes). There were 3 near-INTs. A few balls in the dirt. A few more innacurate balls. All this without being pressured much.