OSU football: Cowboy defense tested on fourth downs
How does a team make 36 first downs and 622 total yards and still routed? Clearly, yardage is overrated. But the 36 first downs?
Here’s how Baylor got five of them. By gambling on fourth down. The downside to that is, the Bears were twice stopped on fourth down, which are huge plays.
“There is a big swing in momentum when you go for a fourth down and you do not get it,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. Especially when the Cowboys responded to one of the stops with a 99-yard drive.
“Us being able to score off of a play like that, much less 99 yards, really got the crowd excited about the game,” Gundy said. “Our crowd was a huge momentum factor after those plays. That is why you do not see many teams go for the fourth down.
“I would bet, against our defense and our team that the way people see us, we have went up against double the fourth downs, compared to other teams in this league. There have been a bunch of them.”
Gundy is right. OSU’s defense has faced 20 fourth-down plays this season, stopping nine. OSU’s offense has tried just 10 fourth-down conversions, making five.
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