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OSU football: Have coaches drawn up something special for Bedlam?

Last year, the OSU staff dialed up a game plan that included an aggressive, blitz-heavy defense and run-heavy offensive attack.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: December 1, 2013

And Chelf's dynamite passing performance against Baylor — 19-of-25 for 370 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions — shows OU it can't just focus on stopping the Cowboys' rushing attack.

Defending Knight

Sooner quarterback Trevor Knight will bring plenty of playmaking ability with his legs. And the quarterback run game is an area the Cowboy defense has had some troubles defending at times this season.

Kansas State's Daniel Sams finished with 118 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries back on Oct. 5, while Iowa State's Sam Richardson had 64 yards on 11 carries (including a 51-yarder straight up the gut on a zone-read play) before being knocked out of that game before halftime with an injury.

OSU did a solid job defending Baylor's Bryce Petty's legs, however, as the bulk of his 46 rushing yards came on the 27-yard scamper where he tripped at the goal line.

Watch out for Cowboy linebacker Shaun Lewis' role Saturday. He may be asked to spy Knight.

On the mend

Cornerback Justin Gilbert and running back Desmond Roland, who were both slowed by shoulder injuries against Baylor, said last week they expect to be fully healthy for Bedlam. By then, Josh Stewart (ankle) should be back to full strength, as well.

The status of reserve running back Rennie Childs, who took a nasty hit late in the Baylor game, remains up in the air.

Home-field advantage

Boone Pickens Stadium provided a special atmosphere against Baylor, as the largest crowd in school history was raucous from the get-go.

Can the Cowboy faithful bring the same rowdy energy for an 11 a.m. kickoff? And if so, how does that impact the game?