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OSU pass defense vs. A&M passing game: Weakness vs. weakness

Published: October 2, 2007
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