STILLWATER — Sometimes it's not strength versus strength that decides a football game. There are occasions when it's weakness versus weakness.
Oklahoma State's pass defense is ranked 117th in the country out of 119 Division I-A teams, allowing 342.6 passing yards a game. Opponents have averaged 53 pass attempts the past three weeks.
That changes Saturday at Kyle Field. OSU's pass defense won't be nearly as big a factor since Texas A&M's run-oriented offense is ranked 108th in passing (157.4 passing yards a game).
Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee is a passing threat but has thrown for only 737 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. McGee is more dangerous as a runner. He leads the Aggies with 412 rushing yards.
The Cowboys essentially are facing a wishbone team that passes on occasion to keep defenses honest.
"It's different because we've primarily gone against spread (offenses),” OSU defensive coordinator Tim Beckman said. "But when you play a team like Texas A&M, your T's better be crossed and your I's dotted. You need to make sure you're doing what you're supposed to do.”
By Mike Baldwin