SAN DIEGO — Given the circumstances, it’d be understandable if the Oklahoma State defense was completely demoralized by now. OSU’s prolific offense is all the rage before every game, and it’s no different for Tuesday night’s Holiday Bowl.
Fans wonder if the Cowboys can outscore an equally high-powered Oregon team. No one seems the least bit curious which team has the better defense. Many assume the last team to have the ball will win. There has been no mention of a defensive stop deciding the contest. In college football, a bowl game’s alleged quality directly correlates to how many points are expected. With an over-under total of 77.5 points according to www.thespread.com, that makes the Holiday Bowl the top bowl game. "It’d be very funny if the game ended up 13-10, with us on top,” OSU junior linebacker Andre Sexton said. "I think everybody might be a little shocked by that one. As long as we win, it doesn’t matter (what the score is).” This incessant chatter about offenses eventually must become offensive to members of the defense. "I think it’s funny,” Sexton said. "It seems like every game they’re kind of not giving us a chance on defense, and that’s when we come out and play our best game. They say this is supposed to be one of the best bowl games to watch because it’s going to be a shootout. We don’t really mention it a lot, but we take it as a personal challenge. "We’re going to come out there with a chip on our shoulder and try to show them how we’ve played all year.” Junior linebacker Orie Lemon arrived at OSU as a quarterback out of Houston Yates High School, but has since changed positions and added 30 pounds of muscle. "I really don’t like offense all that much anymore. I used to like offense,” Lemon said with a smile. "We’re going to go out there and prove we’re the best defense out there.” As for being ignored most of this season, "We just take it as motivation,” Lemon said.