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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys' defense flips the script, dominates scrimmage

BERRY TRAMEL COMMENTARY — We know the Oklahoma State offense is going to put up points and yards in bunches. What we haven't known, though, is whether the Cowboys' defense can keep up. On Saturday, the OSU ‘D' did more than just keep up.
by Berry Tramel Published: April 20, 2013

That's the spirit. Possession of the script hasn't worked in the past.

“Our defense and their approach has been very challenging for our offense this spring,” Gundy said. “First time I've seen that in years.”

And the best thing about it, there's no reason to believe this is a sign of offensive woes to come. The Cowboys weathered three quarterback switches last season, because of injury, and remained potent.

This offense is beyond reproach.

“In the long run, we're going to move the ball and score a lot of points here, because of what we do and who we are,” Gundy said. “I'm not concerned any at all about our offense.”

The offense was at some disadvantage, as is usual in the spring. The playbook remained conservative. The tempo was not as rapid as you'll see come autumn, though it still was plenty quick. The quarterback run game was shackled by the protectionism of quick whistles.

But all those things have been true in springs past. And the score last April was 31-21, with the three quarterbacks combining for 737 yards, six TD passes, no interceptions and 60.4 completion percentage. Saturday, they combined for 449 yards, two TDs, two interceptions and 53.6 completion percentage.

“We don't want to be seen as just a one-sided team,” said defensive tackle Calvin Barnett.

Maybe the Cowboys won't be, after this spring game that was definitely not zero-sum.

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
Columnist
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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