OSU football notebook: Self-motivation pays off for Cowboys against Grambling State

By BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Published: September 29, 2009
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It would have been easy for Oklahoma State to come out in cruise control to start last Saturday’s game against Grambling State.

The Cowboys did the opposite and came out guns blazing, jumping on the Tigers from the opening kick. OSU scored on four of its first five possessions and forced Grambling into five straight three-and-out possessions.

"We talked about it, not to play on their level,” safety Lucien Antoine said of Grambling, a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. "You have to motivate yourself. You can’t let another team motivate you. We were focused and did what we had to do.”

OSU took a 35-3 halftime lead and finished with a 56-6 win to improve to 3-1.

OSU, TEXAS A&M SET FOR 11:30 A.M.
Oklahoma State’s Big 12 opener at Texas A&M will kick off at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Network (Cox 37).

The Cowboys have a bye this weekend, and Texas A&M (3-0) will face Arkansas at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday.

Texas A&M is unbeaten thanks to its surprisingly explosive offense. The Aggies lead the nation with 574.3 total yards per game and rank fourth in scoring offense at 45 points per game.

IMPROVING TURNOVER MARGIN A KEY
During the preseason, Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young stated a goal of three forced turnovers per game. After four non-conference games, the Cowboys have forced nine turnovers (2.25 turnovers per game).

But with the Cowboys’ 10 turnovers on offense, OSU has a negative turnover margin at minus-0.25. In the Cowboys’ biggest win of its non-conference schedule, against Georgia, OSU had a plus-3 turnover margin. In the Cowboys’ loss to Houston, OSU had a minus-2 turnover margin.