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Lack of offensive production, aggressiveness doomed Oklahoma State

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, Modified: November 29, 2009 at 7:01 am •  Published: November 29, 2009

Mike Gundy's aggressive nature has been one of the constants throughout this season for the Oklahoma State football team. The fifth-year coach repeatedly attacked the opposition on the way to a 9-2 record heading into Saturday's Bedlam meeting with Oklahoma.

The Cowboys wavered from that aggressive nature in their 27-0 loss to the Sooners at Owen Field, falling to 9-3 with a likely trip to the Cotton Bowl on the horizon.

It was spurred by a combination of the Sooners' defense and the Cowboys' inability to get any type of offensive momentum or confidence at any point during the shutout loss.

"We had schemes to attack," Gundy said. "We just never could get into a rhythm and use them."

The Pokes' offensive numbers are staggering — six first downs, 109 total yards, 656 total punting yards, 0 of 14 on third down conversion attempts.

"We just weren't making any plays," offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer said. "We didn't make one third down. I think that's where the difference in the ball game was."

OSU's offense couldn't get on track on the ground or through the air. The Cowboys had 62 rushing yards (2.1 per carry) and 47 passing yards (4.7 per play).

"We weren't rolling on all cylinders like we would have liked to," offensive tackle Russell Okung said. "You have to credit OU's defense. They were the most dominating force on the field.

"I wouldn't say that (we needed to be more aggressive). We really didn't play our ball, and OU did. Certain things didn't go our way and we ended up chasing (them) a little bit."

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