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Texas Tech up next in gauntlet for Oklahoma State defense

by Gina Mizell Published: November 15, 2012

The common theme in Oklahoma State’s tough stretch run of the season is, naturally, the potent offenses of the Big 12.

K-State doesn’t run the up-tempo spread common in the league, but boasts the Heisman frontrunner on Collin Klein.

But West Virginia began the string of four consecutive spread offenses for the Cowboy defense to face to close out the season. The Mountaineers brought a bevy of firepower in Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin.

Next comes Texas Tech and Seth Doege, who leads the nation’s top passing offense. Then it’s OU. Then it’s Baylor.

Cowboy defensive coordinator Bill Young knows each week is a tough task.

“Golly, they spread you so much, horizontally and vertically on the field,” he said. “A guy makes a catch and you miss a tackle, and boom, it’s a big gain.”

Here’s a breakdown of OSU’s November/December stretch of offenses faced:

Kansas State
Total offense: 47 (421.10 yards per game)
Scoring offense: 8 (42.20 points per game)
Rushing offense: 20 (213.60 yards per game)
Passing offense: 87 (207.50 yards per game)

West Virginia
Total offense: 18 (480.22 yards per game)
Scoring offense: 11 (40 points per game)
Rushing offense: 93 (132.67 yards per game)
Passing offense: 5 (347.56 yards per game)

Texas Tech
Total offense: 10 (506.70 yards per game)
Scoring offense: 18 (38.7 points per game)
Rushing offense: 86 (136.70 yards per game)
Passing offense: 1 (370 yards per game)

Oklahoma
Total offense: 16 (485.56 yards per game)
Scoring offense 13 (39.78 points per game)
Rushing offense: T46 (176.00 yards per game)
Passing offense: 15 (309.56 yards per game)

Baylor
Total offense: 2 (485.56 yards per game)
Scoring offense: 7 (42.67 points per game)
Rushing offense: 34 (196.33 yards per game)
Passing offense: 2 (367.67 yards per game)

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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