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Oklahoma State football: Why the Cowboys can't follow a Mountaineer model against Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA STATE AT OKLAHOMA — The Cowboys will unleash the same offense on Oklahoma that burned the Sooners last week at West Virginia. The weapons, however, are quite different, and that might not be a bad thing.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: November 23, 2012

Though OSU has discovered a go-to target in the versatile Josh Stewart and has gotten big moments from Anderson, Blake Jackson and Charlie Moore this season, none have reached the elite status of Austin or Stedman Bailey. Monken also expects Austin's move to the backfield likely caught the OU players and coaching staff by surprise.

Surely, Mike Stoops and the OU defensive staff have made some adjustments following the poor performance in Morgantown. Lately, the Sooners have been playing seven defensive backs in some sets. Does that continue?

And OSU is sure to counter with some of its own wrinkles. Perhaps we've already seen some of them in recent weeks.

Backup quarterback J.W. Walsh has returned from injury and will complement starter Clint Chelf with a package in short-yardage and goal-line situations seen extensively for the first time against Texas Tech last week. And a healthy Smith and Anderson give the Cowboys a power back and deep receiving threat unavailable most of this season.

To attack the Sooner defense at home, though, Monken knows the Cowboys will have to find their own way. Not necessarily the West Virginia way.

“I just know it's what it is now,” Monken said of the state of the offense. “It's kind of what we think is the best way to move it.”


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