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Oklahoma State football: Defense can redeem itself against Texas

The Longhorns run the ball well, but their passing game is only so-so. The OSU defense should be able to play better against Texas than it did against Arizona. Frankly, it has to play better.
by Jenni Carlson Published: September 21, 2012

/articleid/3711806/1/pictures/1838327">Photo - OSU / CELEBRATION: Oklahoma State's Shaun Lewis (11) watches Arizona's Kyle Quinn (76) celebrate at the end of the college football game between the University  of Arizona and Oklahoma State University at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.,  Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
OSU / CELEBRATION: Oklahoma State's Shaun Lewis (11) watches Arizona's Kyle Quinn (76) celebrate at the end of the college football game between the University of Arizona and Oklahoma State University at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Among league teams, Texas ranks seventh in passing, ahead of only Iowa State, Kansas and Kansas State.

The OSU defense should be able to play better against Texas than it did against Arizona.

Frankly, it has to play better.

This defense is a veteran bunch. Most of the Cowboys who start or play significant snaps were in big games a year ago. Guys like Brodrick Brown, Shaun Lewis and Cooper Bassett know what it takes to win.

That's why what happened at Arizona was so shocking. It wasn't just that the Wildcats moved the ball with ease much of the time. It was that the Cowboys self-destructed.

I mean, five personal fouls?

Say what you will about poor officiating in that game, but any personal foul shows a lack of discipline. It's sloppy. It's unnecessary.

No doubt there were all sorts of issues at Arizona. Lunt threw three interceptions. Joe Randle fumbled. The offense stumbled. But Lunt and Co. started pressing when the defense wasn't stopping anyone.

Want to keep Walsh and Co. from the same vs. Texas?

Then step up, defense.

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or at jcarlson@opubco.com. You can also like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.

by Jenni Carlson
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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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