Senior linebacker Andre Sexton, who has played for three defensive coordinators during his Cowboys’ career, praised Young’s philosophy of just letting his players make plays without thinking. "Last year, we came in to a game with a lot of plans,” Sexton said of the defense. "This year, it’s been smaller things, a shorter plan and doing what we do very (well). We are just playing base and smashing them in the face, and we’ve been successful at it.” OSU is ranked No. 9 nationally in rush defense at 99 yards per game and No. 35 in total defense at 331.3 yards per game.
STATE GAMESYoung had some success against Mike Leach’s offense during Young’s tenure at Kansas (2002-07), but the Jayhawks failed to beat Texas Tech. Young’s defenses at KU held the Red Raiders to an average of 30.5 points in two games. This week, he wouldn’t care if his OSU defense gave up a ton of yards and plenty of points to the high-flying Raiders.