Under first-year coach Rich Rodriguez, Arizona has implemented his version of the spread offense, which utilizes a heavy dose of quarterback runs, as well as throws.
“It's assignment football,” said OSU linebacker Caleb Lavey. “You have to have every guy doing his job and knowing what he's got to do …
“We have to watch some of the old Rich Rodriguez tapes to see some of the similarities and some of the stuff that's rolled over.”
CASTLEMAN RELISHES START
Sophomore defensive tackle James Castleman played as a true freshman a year ago, although in a limited role.
It was nothing like Saturday night, when Castleman earned his first career start.
“I was extremely amped up,” Castleman said. “I played a little bit last year, but being able to start — there is nothing like starting.”
COWBOYS FIND FUN IN CHEERLEADING
After a long preseason of practices, it was a short night for the starters, who were mostly lifted after one quarter against Savannah State.
Wide receiver Isaiah Anderson said coming out so soon wasn't so easy.
Still, Anderson said he enjoyed cheering on the subs, especially the 19 walk-ons who were able to see rare playing time.
“We hype them up a lot in practice,” Anderson said. “We depend on those guys a lot to give us looks during the week. And they did a great job. To seem them actually get out there and get some playing time is nice.”
UNI-TRACKER: A NEW/OLD LOOK
Saturday's white-orange-white uniform was one Oklahoma State fans have seen many times before — yet it was still technically a “new” look since the school went to 48 possible combinations with the introduction of new Nike uniforms a year ago.
Since unveiling the new uniforms before the start of last season, the Cowboys have now sported 14 different looks in 14 games.
By John Helsley, Gina Mizell and Anthony Slater