OSU football: Cowboys have faced running quarterbacks in previous games

The Sooners' Trevor Knight will be a threat, but the Big 12 schedule has already pegged a staunch OSU defense against several other running quarterbacks.
by Gina Mizell Published: December 2, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State 's Caleb Lavey (45) pressures Iowa State's Sam B. Richardson (12) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Iowa State University (ISU) at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State 's Caleb Lavey (45) pressures Iowa State's Sam B. Richardson (12) during the college football game between the Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Iowa State University (ISU) at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's defense will face a running threat at quarterback Saturday when Trevor Knight trots out to start for the Sooners.

Nothing new to see here, says Cowboy defensive tackle Calvin Barnett.

“He's really no different,” Barnett said of Knight. “They (quarterbacks) can all run these days.”

Sure, Knight isn't the type of quarterback OSU has seen in Bedlam in recent years. Former Sooner Landry Jones is essentially the opposite of mobile and agile, though change-up guy Blake Bell did Belldoze his way into the end zone for the game-tying touchdown in the waning seconds of regulation in OU's overtime victory last season.

But the Big 12 schedule has already pegged a staunch OSU defense against several other running quarterbacks, which gives the Cowboys confidence against Knight in a game with conference championship stakes.

“(Knight) can run a little bit faster than most of them, but it doesn't really change (the game plan),” Barnett said.

Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said he expects to see more pistol formation and more veer and dive option plays with Knight (51 carries, 391 yards, two touchdowns), rather than the power zone-read plays that Bell (75 carries, 255 yards, zero touchdowns) tends to run. The Cowboys will also prepare for the chance that Bell, who is expected to be cleared to play following a concussion sustained against Iowa State on Nov. 16, could sporadically enter the game Saturday.

So how exactly do the Cowboys plan to stop that option element in the Sooners' offense? Spencer, of course, wouldn't offer specifics.

But whenever the quarterback becomes the runner, the defense feels outnumbered. In reality, it causes a play to truly become 11-on-11 football, with a lead blocker often serving as the crucial piece that can spring a big gain.

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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