OSU defense proving naysayers wrong

Oklahoma State defenders admit they hear all the talk about being inexperienced and having weak links. They hear it and they use it.
BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: October 17, 2010 at 7:03 am •  Published: October 16, 2010

Oklahoma State's defense hears the talk.

OSU's defense is too young and inexperienced, they have too many weak links, they're going to give up big points.

They hear it, and they use it as motivation.

It showed on Saturday as the Cowboys defense was outstanding in OSU's 34-17 win over Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium.

"We really do (take it personal)," cornerback Andrew McGee said. "We heard stuff they were saying about our secondary and how they were going to come after us because we were inexperienced."

OSU held Texas Tech scoreless in the first quarter, allowing 38 yards on 20 plays and forcing five punts as the Cowboys took a 21-0 lead and took the Red Raider crowd out of the game.

"We talked to them all week about coming in, being fast starters," defensive coordinator Bill Young said. "Because we needed to take their crowd out of the game."

Much like they have all season, OSU's defense came up with big plays when they needed them. The Cowboys allowed 401 yards but forced two critical fumbles and stopped both of the Red Raiders' fourth-quarter possessions on fourth down.

One of the Pokes' biggest defensive plays was a Texas Tech fumble by Baron Batch forced by Cowboy safety Johnny Thomas in the third quarter with Tech driving and looking to cut OSU's lead to 24-21.

"They had been running the same play a lot," Thomas said. "They kept coming at me.

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