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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys defense holds steady while Lunt, offense find their stride

JENNI CARLSON COMMENTARY — The Oklahoma State defense held TCU in check and gave Wes Lunt a chance to knock off the rust and the Cowboys offense a chance to get rolling.
by Jenni Carlson Published: October 27, 2012

Bill Young went down the sideline, offering words of encouragement to his players.

The game was less than a quarter old, and already, TCU led by two scores.

“We'll get this thing turned around,” the Oklahoma State defensive coordinator assured his guys.

Many times over the past few seasons, “we” has ended up being the high-scoring, high-powered Cowboy offense with the defense riding the coattails.

But Saturday, “we” turned out to be the defense.

OSU 36, TCU 14.

On the afternoon that Wes Lunt finally returned, the Cowboy offense looked early on like it was being quarterbacked by a true freshman who'd missed more than a month because of an injury. Which, of course, it was. The Cowboys sputtered and stalled and came up with a grand total of 13 yards on their first four possessions.

They were all kinds of ugly.

The Cowboy defense was anything but.

The defense held the Horned Frogs in check and gave Lunt a chance to knock off the rust and the offense a chance to get rolling.

“They kept us in the game throughout the first half,” receiver Charlie Moore said.

All hail the Cowboy defense.

After a rocky start to this season, the defense looks to be hitting a stride. A week ago against Iowa State, it got 11 consecutive stops. Saturday against TCU, it did the same.

OSU allowed a touchdown late in the first quarter — by far the defense's worst sequence of the day — but then, TCU went punt, punt, punt, missed field goal, end of half, punt, missed field goal, punt, fumble, interception, interception.

It was a heck of a performance.

Granted, neither the Cyclones nor the Horned Frogs have the best of offenses, but coming up with that many consecutive stops in back-to-back games is a stellar stretch regardless of the opponent.

And considering the early 14-0 hole that the Cowboys found themselves in Saturday — the first Horned Frog score was a pick-six — it would've been easy for the defense to buckle a bit. They could've watched the offense struggling. They could've sensed things headed in the wrong direction. They could've folded.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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