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Oklahoma State football: Coaches might dig into bag of tricks for Bedlam matchup

Both OSU and OU have been shakers and movers in the series, and whoever does it best will likely win the ballgame.
by John Helsley Published: November 18, 2012

The commitment to the run was a sort of pre-emptive chess move, anticipating something special from the Sooners in pass defense. The week before, in a double-overtime loss at Iowa State, the Cowboys managed just 60 yards on the ground.

But it was also a belief in their own ability to take it to the Sooners. On 33 carries, Cowboy rushers were never dropped for a loss.

“Guys did a great job up front,” OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken said afterward. “And I thought our running backs really took to heart what we talked about, which was running downhill. And if they got touched, it was arm tackles.”

Bedlam 2012: TBD.

Coaches won't publicly claim credit for wins, but the inferences and the influences are usually obvious. Why else spend all those hours dissecting game tape (DVDs) and plotting and scheming in staff meetings? And why else pay them millions?

Coaches from both sides privately took great pride in their chess moves in the past two Bedlam games.

From OSU's vantage point, there's much to consider, reflecting first back on the run-game success from a year ago. The Sooners have been gouged on the ground in back-to-back games by Baylor and West Virginia.

The Cowboys' rout of Texas Tech also will give OU a lot to look at, from the two-quarterback shuffle — and success — of Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh to the deep-threat return of Isaiah Anderson. There are also reports that OSU had a two-minute offense in place for quarterback Wes Lunt if needed Saturday, which it wasn't.

One more thought to ponder entering this Bedlam week: don't sleep on the Cowboys passing prowess in this game either. While injuries have been the story at quarterback, OSU's three-headed tandem of Chelf-Walsh-Lunt have thrown for more yards (3,370) and touchdowns (26) than OU's Landry Jones (3,245 and 24).

So, with another Bedlam on deck, whose move is it?