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OSU defense stands tall against pass-happy Texas Tech offense

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, Modified: November 15, 2009 at 7:34 am •  Published: November 15, 2009

The Houston game was the exception, with poor tackling and big plays at the root of a 45-35 setback. Since then, the Cowboys had played better, even producing stretch's of shutout football.

But none of those offenses were Tech's.

"We've never played like we played tonight, against the No. 4 (scoring) offense in the nation," said Cowboys corner Perrish Cox, who picked off two Tech passes. "Last year, they put up 50-something on us. That was our main focus, 'If we get big stops, we'll be OK.'"

They were better than OK.

Tech passed for 307 yards, well off their 400.4-yard average that ranks second nationally. The Red Raiders' 17 points were their lowest this season.

"That makes us feel perfect," Cox said. "The main talk coming into the season was to change the (thought) from, 'If the offense doesn't do this, we're going to lose the game.'

"We got tired of hearing that. We had to show everybody that defense is here. And we've got playmakers. We had to show everybody."