OSU Insider: Pokes peaking at right time

By Brandon Chatmon Modified: October 26, 2009 at 8:41 am •  Published: October 26, 2009
STILLWATER — After quietly cruising under the national radar since their loss to Houston, it appears things have come full circle for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

No. 3-ranked Texas comes to town Saturday, bringing with them plenty of national attention and pre-game hype. Much like the season opener against Georgia, plenty of eyes will be on the Halloween night tilt, which could decide the Big 12 South title.

Here are five reasons why the showdown with Texas comes at a great time for OSU:

1. Zac Robinson is playing as well as he has at any point during his career. The senior quarterback ranks seventh in the nation in pass efficiency (158.27) and is coming off one of the best passing games of his career. Robinson was 23 of 27 for 250 passing yards and three touchdowns in the Pokes’ 34-7 win over Baylor.

→2. The Cowboy defense is playing its best football of the season. OSU had almost 90 minutes of scoreless football against Missouri and Baylor and has been showing signs of improvement every week. They tackled much better against the Bears after struggling in the first half against Missouri.

"That was one of the real points of emphasis this week,” defensive coordinator Bill Young said.

→3. Oklahoma State’s offensive line has jelled and is improving each week. The Pokes’ offense seemingly sputtered early in the season, but since redshirt freshman Lane Taylor was inserted at right guard against Rice, OSU has improved on the ground.