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OSU football: Cowboys' passing game needs to wake up — and soon

With a backloaded schedule about to begin, OSU needs to rediscover its Air Raid offense.
by John Helsley Published: October 31, 2013
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/articleid/3899669/1/pictures/2255117">Photo - Oklahoma State 's Tracy Moore (87) gets by Iowa State's Jared Brackens (14) 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 Tracy Moore (87) gets by Iowa State's Jared Brackens (14) 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

“It will come. We're not worried about it.”

Oh, there's plenty of concern.

“We need to throw the football better — period,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy.

And with a backloaded schedule that includes a trip to Texas Tech this weekend, another road game at Texas and home dates with Baylor and Oklahoma, a re-emergence of the passing game can't happen soon enough.

“We're all trying to make sure we're doing whatever we can do to win football games,” said OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. “Obviously, offensive productivity wants to increase, and we're all striving towards that. Really, all you have to do is work hard and be dedicated in what you do and put your best foot forward.

“We all have the same goals. We're all in it together.”

The Red Raiders are focused on OSU's receivers, too, recognizing them as key to Saturday's outcome.

“Can't let those guys run free in space,” said Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. “Stewart is one of the best in the country, and he's a guy who makes plays for them each and every week. Got to know where he's at at all times.”

Cowboys quarterbacks would like to locate Stewart, and his pals, as well.

The Red Raiders boast one of the nation's top passing attacks, fueling a unit that ranks No. 3 in passing offense, No. 5 in total offense and No. 18 in scoring offense.

Typically, that's been an offensive neighborhood where the Cowboys have resided. And they recognize the importance in getting back there.

“If you look at the opponent we're playing this week, they're scoring and they've been effective in throwing the football,” Gundy said. “There's three phases in a game, we all know that. At some point, we have to match them where their strength is.”

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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