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Oklahoma vs. Kansas State: Old dogs and their old tricks can still win football games

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder used old-school football while beating OU
by Berry Tramel Published: September 23, 2012

Old-man benefits are many. We always talk about pace and tempo of these no-huddle offenses. Well, pace and tempo goes both ways. K-State controlled the clock Saturday night. OU ran just 70 plays. It likes to run 90.

“They played the game at their tempo most of the night,” said OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. “They know how to play and we just couldn't get control of the game the way we wanted to.”

That's a great description of Old Man Football. Control. Control the line of scrimmage. Control the clock. Control the ball.

Old Man Football keeps you tough. You can be tough playing Star Wars football. But you can't not be tough playing Old Man Football. It's a prerequisite for success.

Old Man Football runs the ball. That's not all that popular in this day and age, but when you know how to do it, it's wildly successful.

Old Man Snyder figured out how to win with a roller derby quarterback. “He runs the ball hard,” said K-State lineman Cody Whitehair. “That's just how Collin is. He puts his nose down in the ground and he's going to get that first down.”

Klein and Snyder have helped make Big 12 football once against a country for old men. Beware the revolution.

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