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.
“But if you can get back to 250 rushing and 250 passing and score a bunch of points, because in our league you have to score points. And we at least feel like we are heading back to where we need to be.”
SHARP MAKES ADJUSTMENTS
Still not a fan of the new kickoff rule, OSU's Quinn Sharp continues make the most of his powerful right leg. And in different ways.
“I've been putting a lot more hang time on my ball, compared to driving it more last year,” Sharp said.
Of Sharp's 24 kickoffs, 21 have produced touchbacks. And yet, Sharp actually wouldn't mind more runback attempts. Opponents are averaging just 14.5 yards per return on the few kicks they do return, compared to the 24-yard-line spot on touchbacks.
“With the hang time, if somebody is willing to risk taking it out, I think that would help our cover team a lot,” Sharp said.