OSU football notebook: Cowboys look to remain stingy

by John Helsley Published: October 30, 2013

Texas Tech thrives on big plays, already producing 38 gains of 25 yards or longer.

Overall, the Red Raiders are one of the nation's top offenses, ranking No. 3 in passing offense, No. 5 in total offense and No. 18 in scoring offense.

“Texas Tech — they're good,” said OSU linebacker Ryan Simmons. “They throw the ball around a lot, so we have to make sure we're good on our coverages and tight on our receivers and not give up too many big plays.”

The Cowboys seem eager to match up, with a defense that ranks in the top 25 nationally in five categories — and just beyond in another, at No. 26 in total defense. OSU has allowed but 20 plays of 20 yards or longer.

“We've got guys on the same page, guys who want to get it done,” said Cowboys tackle James Castleman. “We've got great coaches giving us great information on what we've got to do, putting us in place to be successful. We're able to execute game plans that they give us.”

One key in the game plan Saturday: getting a pass rush.

The Red Raiders are a hard team to sack, with their quick-release passing attack. Still, their quarterbacks have been sacked 15 times in eight games and the Cowboys have done a good job getting pressure. Eleven Cowboys have contributed to 16 sacks and the defense also has 18 quarterback hurries.

“We've got to get pressure this week,” Castleman said. “We know Tech is a good offense. We've got to do a lot of good things, more good things than bad things.”

JUSTIN GILBERT UNPLUGGED

Cowboys cornerback Justin Gilbert is in the middle of a resurgent senior season, as the cornerback is tied for sixth in the nation with four interceptions.

Away from the football field, what gets Gilbert going?

“I like to shop. My favorite store is Chic. It's a little store in a couple of malls in different cities …


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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