Oklahoman Published: October 13, 2008
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nter Matt Fodge has said before that he has the option to run anytime on that specific play, but according to DeForest, that’s not the case in fourth-and-long situations.

Based on the score and position on the field, it could have turned out to be a very costly decision. As for whose decision, that might remain a mystery.

What was different about the Cowboys’ pass rush against Missouri that enabled them to have some success?

Variety. Defensive coordinator Tim Beckman used several different blitz looks and other creativity up front to keep Missouri confused. In third-and-long situations, Beckman utilized a three-man line made up of three defensive ends. Backup middle linebacker Donald Booker occasionally entered as a stand-up defensive end to use his speed as a rusher off the edge.

By Scott Wright



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