OSU football: Cowboy defense will be tested regularly with deep throws

OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said, “That goes with what we're doing defensively now.”
by John Helsley Published: September 29, 2013
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photo - UTSA's Kenny Bias (81) makes a touchdown catch in front of OSU's Tyler Patmon (26) and Jordan Sterns (13) in the fourth quarter during a college football game between the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners (UTSA) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. OSU won, 56-35. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
UTSA's Kenny Bias (81) makes a touchdown catch in front of OSU's Tyler Patmon (26) and Jordan Sterns (13) in the fourth quarter during a college football game between the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners (UTSA) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. OSU won, 56-35. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett repeatedly heaved throws deep into the Cowboys secondary.

Many were defended. Some were caught, including gains of 38, 40 and 44 yards. Three others produced pass interference penalties.

“They took some shots down the field,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy.

And the shots will keep coming.

You asked for more aggressive defense, Cowboys fans.

And you're getting it, mostly to solid results.

Yet the byproduct is what you witnessed Saturday — with cornerbacks left on an island, or at least appearing to be stranded alone, they'll be tested regularly with deep throws.

“That goes with what we're doing defensively now,” said OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “We knew that. That's part of our defense. You're going to draw that sometimes.

“We made a decision to get pressure in more areas. And when you do that, that's going to happen.”

In Trickett's case, nearly a third of his 50 pass attempts went long.

“That was what Oklahoma State was giving us,” said Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen.

Now, it was hardly an assault by Trickett, who typically lofted jump balls. He didn't so much take aim at the Cowboys corners as he did heave and hope. Not that it's a bad strategy.

“It's a pretty good plan, throw up deep balls and it's either incomplete or interference,” Spencer said. “It's almost like sometimes they were saying, ‘Hey we're going to keep throwing it deep.'”

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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