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Oklahoma State's task: Taming the Texas pass rush

Gina Mizell Modified: November 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm •  Published: November 14, 2013


Texas brings a formidable pass rush into Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State, with the Longhorns ranking second in the Big 12 with 26 sacks and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat tallying seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

That will, of course, present a challenge for a Cowboy offensive line that leads the Big 12 with eight sacks allowed so far this season. But it will also test quarterback Clint Chelf’s ability to make fast — and correct — decisions.

“Getting rid of the ball quickly is something we always want to stress to our quarterbacks,” offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said. “Obviously recognizing the defensive fronts and practicing against some of their favorite blitzes will help us know what to look for.

“The pre-snap looks — the two or three seconds before the ball is snapped — are critical. We want to make sure we’re going at an upbeat tempo and dictating the pace of the game. We don’t want to give them a chance to adjust.”