Oklahoma State football: Cowboys' defense takes advantage of Purdue's slower-paced offense

by Scott Wright Published: January 1, 2013

The definition of a team effort, turnovers came from interceptions by Shamiel Gary and Andrae May, and fumble recoveries by Lowe, Brodrick Brown and Joe Mitchell. Four of the five turnovers came off assists – Calvin Barnett tipped the Gary interception, and the fumbles were caused by Lyndell Johnson, Justin Gilbert and Tyler Johnson.

Gary seemed to be all over, making seven tackles in addition to his interception, while providing good pass coverage throughout the game. Tyler Johnson did the same up front, finishing with six tackles and two quarterback sacks.

After two frustrating losses to close the season at Oklahoma and Baylor, Tuesday's performance was something the defense needed.

“This was a good way to end the season here in the first game of the new year,” Gary said. “All we can do is try to build on this success through the offseason and spring and try to take it into next season.”

by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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