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OSU football notebook: Lamar offers familiar look

The Cowboys won't need to make major adjustments. Lamar looks a lot like Texas-San Antonio, as well as several Big 12 teams, including OSU.
by John Helsley Published: September 12, 2013

From Week 1 to Week 2, the Cowboys defense prepared for completely different offenses.

Mississippi State presented a more rugged, ground-oriented challenge, while UTSA spread the field with multiple receivers and a dual-threat quarterback.

This week, however, OSU won't need to make major adjustments. Lamar looks a lot like UTSA, as well as several Big 12 teams, including the Cowboys.

“It's very similar again,” said Cowboys defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “They'll go three- and four-wide and use play-action. We call them pop passes. They'll try to run on the perimeter with reads and sweeps, too.

“It's an equalizer as far as talent goes when you can spread out the field. It's challenging, but it's similar to what we do, so it's not like it's a whole new offense we're preparing for.”

Through two games, the Cowboys have produced four turnovers — all interceptions — adding a takeaway element to what has been solid defensive performances.

“We just stress getting a lot of people around the ball, so when one does come loose, we can have a guy there to get the turnover. Zack Craig made a great hit on the first turnover, and Shaun Lewis was breaking on the ball.

“If he wasn't doing that, the ball may have dropped to the ground. Ryan Simmons was in coverage on his (interceptions) and did a great job of being where he was supposed to be. I always look at the ones we missed. We could have had another one, but we dropped it. It's just trying to be opportunistic, but it's also your effort getting to the ball that can cause those things to happen.”

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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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