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Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys focusing on themselves %u2014 not Texas %u2014 during bye week

Next Saturday's showdown with No. 12 Texas is a highly anticipated game for Oklahoma State, and a contest that will likely go a long way in determining the Big 12 standings. But Mike Gundy said much of this week's practice work has been on the base offense and defense.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: September 20, 2012
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Next Saturday's showdown with No. 12 Texas is a highly anticipated game for Oklahoma State, and a contest that will likely go a long way in determining the Big 12 standings.

But with an extra week to prepare for the Longhorns — possibly with a new starting quarterback in J.W. Walsh — coach Mike Gundy said the slate of work this week during practice has been about 75 percent base offense and defense, with a little Texas game planning mixed in.

“We still have to continue to get better at just the structure at what we do,” Gundy said. “And then we game plan some. But we have four full days next week to work on specifics with Texas.”

Following Thursday's practice, the Cowboys will be off until their typical Sunday evening workout. That gives many players time to travel home for the weekend.

UT also has a bye this week.

BILL YOUNG: COWBOYS ‘NOT WORKING HARD ENOUGH' TO FORCE TURNOVERS

Last week, Oklahoma State defensive end Cooper Bassett called some of the Cowboys' practices before their loss at Arizona “lackadaisical,” specifically referring to the defense needing to do more to be aggressive and force turnovers.

Defensive coordinator Bill Young agrees. Young returned to the sideline against Louisiana-Lafayette after missing the Cowboys' first two games while recovering from an undisclosed medical procedure.

While Young said he was pleased with the way the players stayed with their assignments and got pressure on the quarterback in Saturday's bounce-back win, he knows they need to get more takeaways.

“Sometimes it's just blind luck, sometimes it's just not working hard enough,” Young said. “I've got to lean toward the second one. We're not working hard enough. We're not being demanding enough as coaches, and our players are not following through and doing the job. We've got to do that.

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