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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys primed for Bedlam after demolishing Texas Tech

JENNI CARLSON COMMENTARY — Oklahoma State's suddenly surging defense has put Oklahoma on notice heading into next week's Bedlam showdown.
by Jenni Carlson Published: November 17, 2012

What's more, the Cowboys got pressure without a ton of blitzing. They brought it every once in awhile, but for the most part, they managed to disrupt the Red Raiders by rushing just three or four men.

Credit defensive tackles Castleman, Calvin Barnett and Co. for that.

“We did some different things in the pass rush game that were able to free them up,” Cowboy defensive coordinator Bill Young said.

But scheme wasn't the only thing the Cowboys had going for them.

“They played at such a high energy level,” Young said of his defensive line. “Just great effort by the front four.”

This defensive line has been a good run stopping unit throughout the season, but it has struggled to get pressure on the quarterback. But heading into a Bedlam, this defense looks more capable than ever of disrupting the Sooner offense again.

Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to believe that the Cowboys could win in Norman. OU's struggles at West Virginia showed that the Sooners have numerous vulnerabilities.

Even though it's easy to believe OSU's offense could do to OU what West Virginia and Baylor have done the past two weeks, the Cowboys still need to force Landry Jones out of his comfort zone. He's been much better under pressure this season — it's something he worked on, and it shows — but he's still susceptible to mistakes when he's hurried or flushed out of the pocket.

The movement and the disguises that OSU used against Texas Tech could come in handy against OU.

“We just did a lot of different things,” Young said. “We just tried to mix it up, keep them as off balance as we could. We didn't want to give them a steady diet of any one thing.”

The Sooners will get the smorgasbord of defensive looks next week, and if the Cowboy defensive line can eat, OSU can win.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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