OSU Football: Why Oklahoma State is unlikely to downshift and run at Texas Tech

OKLAHOMA STATE FOOTBALL — The OSU Cowboys went to Lubbock last year and beat the Red Raiders by running, rushing for three touchdowns in building a 21-0 halftime lead. Tech's defense is even more vulnerable to the run this year. But this Oklahoma State offensive isn't built the same way.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: November 10, 2011

STILLWATER — Could Texas Tech prompt the Oklahoma State offense to downshift?

Tech ranks 118th out of 120 teams in college football in rush defense, giving up an average of 249.44 yards on the ground per game.

In the Red Raiders' last two games, they allowed 368 rushing yards against Iowa State and 439 against Texas.

Does that mean the OSU spread offense will shift more to the run against Tech?

Not necessarily, OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken said.

“Unfortunately, we're not that,” Monken said. “What (Texas Tech sees) every day in practice is pretty much what we do, so we'll have to play awfully well. I think they do a good job on the perimeter.

“Like I said, where they've had their issues is just those teams that mash you and run the ball, and that's not us. So we have to find a way to, every week, be balanced in what we do and play better and not turn it over.”

Perhaps the best example that OSU is unlikely to deviate from its offensive identity is its game against Kansas, which ranks last in the nation in rush defense (257.33), earlier this season. In that game, Brandon Weeden threw for 288 yards and five touchdowns in less than a half while Joseph Randle and Jeremy Smith combined for just 10 carries.

But last season, OSU amassed 225 rushing yards in a 34-17 victory at Tech and took a 21-0 lead first-quarter lead when Kendall Hunter, Randle and Smith each scored a rushing touchdown.


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