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OSU football notebook: Cowboys D-line developing

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: November 6, 2009
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Of all the matchups in OSU’s clash with Texas, the Longhorns figured to hold a distinct edge with their offensive line against the Cowboys’ defensive line.

Didn’t play out that way.

While Texas won some trench battles, so did OSU, playing to a virtual stalemate up front, according to Cowboys coaches.

The Longhorns averaged just 3.1 yards per rush and finished with 275 total yards, well off their average of 438.

The Cowboys haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher since the 2008 Holiday Bowl.

"The good thing for us there is we have several players,” said Cowboys defensive coordinator Bill Young. "We’re playing about 10 people. We’re building a lot of depth and getting a lot of experience for the future.”

From the 10-man rotation, seven will return, including tackles Shane Jarka, Chris Donaldson and Nigel Nicholas, and ends Jamie Blatnick, Ugo Chinasa, Darius Hart and Richetti Jones.

NORTH BOUND
OSU has reversed a bad trend in North Division crossover games.

The Cowboys are 20-20 overall against the North, but 15-7 since 2002, 8-2 since 2006 and owning a five-game winning streak heading to Ames.