BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas brings a formidable pass rush into Saturday's game against Oklahoma State, with the Longhorns ranking second in the Big 12 with 26 sacks and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat tallying seven sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
That will, of course, present a challenge for a Cowboy offensive line that leads the Big 12 with eight sacks allowed so far this season. But it will also test quarterback Clint Chelf's ability to make fast — and correct — decisions.
“Getting rid of the ball quickly is something we always want to stress to our quarterbacks,” offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said. “Obviously recognizing the defensive fronts and practicing against some of their favorite blitzes will help us know what to look for.
“The pre-snap looks — the two or three seconds before the ball is snapped — are critical. We want to make sure we're going at an upbeat tempo and dictating the pace of the game. We don't want to give them a chance to adjust.”
CHARLIE MOORE'S FAMILY FULL OF TEXAS EXES
Seventy-one Oklahoma State players are from the state of Texas. Receiver Charlie Moore was particularly connected to the University of Texas growing up, as his parents and older brother all attended the school.
Moore estimates he went to about 15 Longhorn games at Royal-Memorial Stadium as a kid. He was a big Ricky Williams fan. He remembers being in the stands when Cedric Benson made his Senior Night run around the stadium. He calls Austin a “great city.”
But now everyone in the Moore household has traded their burnt orange for bright orange.
“As soon as Oklahoma State was in the picture and the opportunity to play football here, there wasn't any question (where I would go to school),” Moore said. “The best thing about it now is my brother and both my parents are big Cowboy fans now. I know they're not going to be rooting for Texas at all this week.”
TURNOVER MARGIN BIG FOR COWBOYS, LONGHORNS
Much has been made about the return of OSU's opportunistic defense, which has 23 takeaways to help the Cowboys lead the Big 12 with a plus-11 turnover margin.
Texas has also been using a similar formula during its surge, tallying 22 takeaways and ranking second in the conference with a plus-9 turnover margin.
The Cowboys and Longhorns are forcing turnovers in different ways, however. OSU has 16 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries, while Texas has 14 fumble recoveries and eight interceptions.