The Oklahoma State defense largely did its part in the Cowboys' surprising 30-21 loss at West Virginia, allowing 23 points and forcing two turnovers while being put in several bad spots because of miscues on offense and special teams.
Following the game, Cowboy defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer spoke about his emotions, new Mountaineer quarterback Clint Trickett and their plan to throw the ball deep.
How would you assess how the defense played?
You still feel sick. We lost the game. We got opportunities to get some turnovers, and we didn't. The ball floated in the air some and we had some pressure, and we didn't make plays. It doesn't matter. We've got to outplay their defense, and we didn't.
Did WVU do anything different with Clint Trickett at quarterback?
No, same system. We had heard he had a live arm and just had to learn the offense. He didn't go through spring ball with them and that's kind of been what they've been saying. Schematically, it was just the same as those others. The same offense they were doing. No surprises.
How difficult is it to defend all those deep balls they were lofting up?
It's a pretty good plan. They throw up deep balls and it's either incomplete or interference. It's almost like sometimes they were saying, ‘Hey, we're gonna keep throwing it deep, and if (it gets intercepted), it's like a long punt, but we could catch or we could draw an interference.' You get tested a lot, and we got tested a lot in deep balls. We played a lot of them good, but it's evident we gotta play a few more better.