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Oklahoma State football: Receivers react to give and take

Cowboys have the ability to make pass plays work on the outside and the inside
by John Helsley Published: September 23, 2012
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photo - Oklahoma State's Blake Jackson (18) scores a touchdown as Louisiana-Lafayette's Rodney Gillis (21) defends during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Blake Jackson (18) scores a touchdown as Louisiana-Lafayette's Rodney Gillis (21) defends during a college football game between Oklahoma State University (OSU) and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ULL) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Louisiana-Lafayette adjusted to what it saw of OSU's game at Arizona, opting to tilt its defensive attention to the outside receivers after Tracy Moore's four-touchdown game against the Wildcats.

The Cowboys adjusted, finding open receivers in the middle of the field, with Josh Stewart and Blake Jackson combining for 14 catches, 216 yards and three touchdowns.

“We've got receivers all over the place who can make plays and who want to make plays and want to be the guy,” said Stewart. “It's a good deal for us. We know we can make plays, both inside and outside, so it works in our favor.”

OPPONENT WATCH: TEXAS

With more than two years of scuffling offense lingering, Texas hopes it enjoyed a breakthrough at Ole Miss, where the Longhorns struck for 676 yards — 350 rushing and 326 passing — in a 66-31 romp.

“We saw Saturday night at Ole Miss who we want to be,” Texas coach Mack Brown said Saturday on ESPN radio. “Now, we're not going to average nearly 700 yards of offense and be as balanced, with 300 apiece rushing and throwing every week.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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