Oklahoma State football: Baylor provides OSU defense with its ultimate test

OSU vs. BAYLOR — Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer insists Oklahoma State's defensive culture has already been established. If the Cowboys can slow down Baylor Saturday in Stillwater, it's time to believe him.
by Berry Tramel Published: November 22, 2013

Not with the OSU defense making a case for Spencer to be a Frank Broyles Award candidate as the nation's assistant coach of the year.

“Yeah, it's great to have that image change for these kids,” Spencer said. “For whatever reason, we're playing good.

“I'll say it again. If we go out there and Baylor does what they've been doing against everybody else, who's going to be the first one to say it's the same old stuff. Right? It's all about what happens this week.”

Baylor and Bryce Petty might light up the Cowboys. Heck, if Baylor scores just half its average, that might be enough to win.

But the Cowboys have to go into this game more confident than ever that they can hold up against an elite offense.

“We don't think it's going to take a superhuman effort,” Spencer said. “We don't think we need miracles. We just gotta play really well and be in position and have great discipline. The same message that's been said since we started. Exact same message.

“Because in reality it is. It's another game. In reality, do they take it that way? Naw, they feel something. But we as a staff gotta convince it's about the gameplan, executing the gameplan, making tackles and keeping ‘em off the scoreboard.”

Do that. Hold Baylor to 30 or so, maybe less, and it will be time to proclaim the culture change complete.

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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