OSU defense steps up as Cowboys' potent offense stumbles

Oklahoma State players and coaches still field the magic question every week.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: October 15, 2011

Oklahoma State players and coaches still field the magic question every week.

Are the Cowboys good enough on defense to be a serious championship contender?

Yet there was OSU getting Texas' offense off the field when Fozzy Whittaker fell just shy of the end zone early in the fourth quarter on a fourth-down catch that threatened to cut into OSU's 14-point lead.

And yet there was Daytawion Lowe stripping the ball out of UT quarterback David Ash's hands with less than five minutes to play to all but seal the Cowboy win.

In an overall performance that Mike Gundy described as “good, not great,” the Cowboy defense, not the offense, made the key plays in the fourth quarter in No. 6 OSU's 38-26 victory over No. 22 Texas on Saturday at Royal-Memorial Stadium. OSU became the first team in 100 years to beat UT in Austin in back-to-back seasons.

“It's just one of those things that when it's time to go and get it done, we get it done,” said OSU defensive end Jamie Blatnick, who had a career-high nine tackles and two sacks in the game. “I've got a lot of confidence in my teammates and we work hard and we know it'll come our way.”

It was an afternoon where Brandon Weeden only passed for 46 yards after halftime and Justin Blackmon did not reach 100 receiving yards. The Cowboys (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) punted a season-high six times.

But of the Longhorns' 26 points, only 17 were allowed by the defense, and one touchdown came on a 15-yard drive after an OSU punt hit Andrae May in the leg and was recovered by UT. OSU allowed a season-low 370 yards, forced three turnovers and recorded five sacks.

That gives Weeden confidence that the Cowboys are not one-dimensional.

“We put so much pressure on ourselves offensively to score and put up huge numbers,” Weeden said. “It's not going to be like that all the time. That's just not reality, especially when we play really good football teams. Sometimes it's going to swing and (the defense will) win games for us and they'll do what it takes to push us through.

“That was the case for the most part today, without a doubt. They played outstanding.”



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