Oklahoma State football: Debating the Cowboys' top priority Saturday against Oklahoma

POINT/COUNTERPOINT — The Oklahoman's OSU coverage team debates Oklahoma State's No. 1 priority in Saturday's Bedlam game at Oklahoma.
by Gina Mizell Published: November 23, 2012
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What's the No. 1 priority for the Cowboys in Bedlam?

GINA MIZELL: PRESSURE LANDRY JONES

It's no secret that Landry Jones is prone to making mistakes when harassed by a pass rush.


Last year's Bedlam blowout loss is a prime example, as Jones fumbled twice and threw two interceptions. Those turnovers led to 17 Cowboy points.

Those Cowboys used a defensive game plan that was heavy on the blitz to pressure. But a positive development for OSU in its dominating victory over Texas Tech was its ability to produce a steady pass rush with just the front four.

The best way for OU's offense to find success against OSU's defense is to throw the ball down the field. The Cowboys' secondary has improved in recent weeks, but it's still the most vulnerable part of that unit.

If Landry doesn't have time to throw the football, that sort of air attack won't be possible. And, as we've seen in the past, that pressure could force the Sooner QB to make a costly error. Or four.

JOHN HELSLEY: RUN THE FOOTBALL

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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