Immediate history and recent history do not signal good times for the Oklahoma State defense Saturday in Bedlam.
Against OSU this season, Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell and Texas’ Colt McCoy have combined to go 78 of 95 for 847 yards, eight touchdowns and just one interception. Now comes OU’s Sam Bradford, who has even better numbers this season than the Lone Star quarterbacks.
"Thankfully, we’ve played a lot of high-powered offenses,” said OSU linebacker Seb Clements. "It’s another opportunity to show people we are a much better defense.”
But as deadly as Bradford’s aerials can be, it’s the run game that has done in the Cowboys in recent Bedlams. The last two Bedlam games, OU tailback Allen Patrick has rushed for 163 and 202 yards, and backup Chris Brown has gained 150 yards. OU gained 238 yards on the ground in 2006, 307 in 2007. Patrick is gone, but DeMarco Murray and Brown have combined for 1,819 yards through 11 games.
"You have to stop the running game,” said State defensive coordinator Tim Beckman. "It’s college football. It hasn’t changed.”
Strange Sunday morning
If OU and Texas Tech win Saturday, this will be the scene come Sunday morning: In Norman and in Austin, Texas, and maybe even in Lubbock, Texas, coaching staffs will gather to watch film of Missouri and prepare a game plan for the Big 12 Championship, and none of the staffs will know whether their teams will be playing or not.
Not until Sunday afternoon, between 3-3:30 p.m., will the BCS rankings be unveiled and break the three-way tie in the South Division. Then two of the coaching staffs will adjourn, having wasted most of a perfectly good Sunday.
Much has been made of OU’s stakes in Bedlam 2008. But don’t discount OSU’s opportunity.
John McAdams, a 1969 OSU grad and a retired attorney in Fort Worth, Texas, calls Saturday an historic day in Cowboy history, the chance to post the school’s first 10-win regular season ever.
"If this feat is accomplished, it will be done in the Big 12 South, the best division in college football and perhaps the best division ever,” McAdams wrote. "The Cowboys have won national championships in basketball, baseball, wrestling and golf, but like it or not, football is what makes the world go round.
"To set a record number of wins, beat the Sooners in a new venue and be able to say it was done in the Big 12 South is high praise indeed … this Saturday in Stillwater will be for football immortality.