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Defensive scheme helped OSU win Bedlam

By GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, Modified: December 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm •  Published: December 6, 2011

Elkins was in the backfield so quickly that Blatnick didn't even realize he was the one who hit Landry Jones at first. Blatnick thought it was lineman Cooper Bassett until he re-watched the game the next day.

“We just knew that if we … played zone, that (Jones) would eat us up,” Young said. “He's just too good a quarterback, he throws the ball too good and had too many excellent receivers. We just felt like we had to make them throw it a little before they wanted to.”

Interestingly, the Cowboys' defense has played some of its best football against the Big 12's top offenses.

Against Baylor, OSU kept the Bears out of the end zone until the fourth quarter, intercepted Heisman finalist Robert Griffin III twice in the first half and made two key stands inside the 5-yard line.

Against Texas Tech, the Cowboys held Seth Doege, who finished fifth in the nation in passing yards per game, to just 169 yards and did not allow an offensive touchdown.

Then came Saturday's scheme that the Sooners could not handle.

Last year, OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables was applauded for quickly installing the “50” defense that threw off the rhythm of Dana Holgorsen's high-powered Cowboy offense.

This year, it was Young's aggressive, up-the-middle attack that made the difference.

“I don't know that we've had as good a defensive effort around here in a long time in a big game,” coach Mike Gundy said. “I thought the game plan was excellent. The coaches wanted to attack. They wanted to blitz and blitz a lot, and the players bought in. They played with great energy.”