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OSU football: Cowboy defense will be tested regularly with deep throws

OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said, “That goes with what we're doing defensively now.”
by John Helsley Published: September 29, 2013
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photo - UTSA's Kenny Bias (81) makes a touchdown catch in front of OSU's Tyler Patmon (26) and Jordan Sterns (13) in the fourth quarter during a college football game between the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners (UTSA) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. OSU won, 56-35. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
UTSA's Kenny Bias (81) makes a touchdown catch in front of OSU's Tyler Patmon (26) and Jordan Sterns (13) in the fourth quarter during a college football game between the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners (UTSA) and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. OSU won, 56-35. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Trickett was fortunate at times, too.

He was intercepted twice, with Justin Gilbert and Tyler Patmon picking off two long balls. And it could have been more — that's why they call them jump balls — with the Cowboys missing opportunities on balls that at times hung in the air.

“We already know that they're throwing the ball deep,” said safety Daytawion Lowe. “We've got to be able to make a play on the ball.”

Saturday may be revealed as an aberration of sorts, since not many quarterbacks or coaches are all that comfortable with just throwing balls up for grabs. For West Virginia, they didn't have much to lose, entering the game at 2-2 and scuffling on offense, turning to Trickett, a Florida State transfer who had been the third-team quarterback as he hurried to learn the system.

That doesn't mean opponents won't take more direct shots at the Cowboys secondary.

In this age of attacking OSU defense, offenses will attack back, the best way they can.

“When you press on the corners, people are going to throw deep on you,” Spencer said. “That's the world those corners live in.

“We got tested a lot on deep balls (Saturday). Played a lot of them good. It's evident that we've got to play a few of them better.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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