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OSU football notebook: Bears banking on bye week gains

By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: October 27, 2011

COWBOYS HAVE NEED FOR SPEED

The Cowboys aren't the biggest defense in the Big 12.

But what they lack in bulk, they hope to make up in speed. That's a factor OSU players say gets overlooked in their high turnover total.

“I think people forget how much defensive team speed we have,” said senior safety Markelle Martin. “We've got some smaller guys running around, so I think that's a big difference for us. We fly around and we just make plays.

“The style of defense we play, we want to force you to be perfect. We buy time and we know eventually you're going to make a mistake and we're going to capitalize on it.”

ROAD WORRIERS

Baylor is 0-2 on the road this year, with losses at Kansas State and Texas A&M, and has dropped three straight road games dating back to last season's 55-28 rout by the Cowboys in Stillwater.

“It all starts now,” said Bears running back Terrance Ganaway. “We're in the thick of it. There's no one on our schedule that we look at now and say we can get this win or get that win.

“We're on the road a few times and all of them are hostile environments. We have to go and play our game, just play sound football.”