As OSU's new defensive coordinator last winter, Glenn Spencer went looking for a certain style of assistant coach to handle the Cowboys defensive front.
And a coach to handle some of the emotional motivating.
That led Spencer to Joe Bob Clements.
“When were looking at guys, I had it in my mind that I needed somebody with some juice,” Spencer said. “He's got some juice — demanding, has energy, a good technician, vocal, has some intensity out there.
“It takes a lot off me, having to not be that guy all the time.”
Cowboys receiver Charlie Moore on the mindset before OSU's clutch fourth-quarter touchdown drive against Kansas State, after so much offensive struggle.
“On the sideline, we were all encouraging each other. We knew we'd have a chance to win the game. We don't look at the past, we play the next play. That was a prime example of playing the next play.”
OPPONENT WATCH: TCU's PATTERSON REMAINS OPTIMISTIC
The news hasn't been good for TCU so far this season, after entering 2013 as an apparent Big 12 title contender.
The Horned Frogs are 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12.
They couldn't muster a single first down in the first half in last week's loss at Oklahoma.
And now defensive end Devonte Fields, the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, has been shut down and will have foot surgery.
Still, TCU coach Gary Patterson remains optimistic.
“To me,” he said immediately following the loss to the Sooners, “there is a tremendous upside. As we do start clicking and start doing the things we need to do, we have a chance to win a lot of football games if we keep playing defense.
“We need to get off to a faster start … but if we do that, we'll be a football team that will cause a lot of problems in the next seven weeks.
The Frogs have played well on defense, even without Fields.
TCU leads the Big 12 with 18 sacks and ranks fourth in the league in total defense, fifth in scoring defense. The problems have come on offense.
Patterson, known as a defensive coach, said that this is the best a TCU secondary has played.
“We lead the league in sacks,” he said, “and I'd probably tell you at least 50 percent of them have been coverage sacks.”