OSU football preparing to take on up-and-down Texas Tech

OSU FOOTBALL — It's been three weeks since Texas Tech played the shocker of the college football season and upset No. 1 Oklahoma. But the Red Raiders two games since have been anything but impressive.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: November 7, 2011
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"We hadn't seen a running team like Texas and we didn't match up very well at all," Tuberville said. "We're not that big. We didn't tackle very well, but third down has just been a killer for us. We're not a great defensive team by any stretch of the imagination in terms of just going out and stopping somebody 1-2-3-and-out, but sooner or later you get people in third and long. At Oklahoma, I think six times (actually seven) they went three-and-out. That gave our offense an opportunity."

Here's what OSU coach Mike Gundy said during Monday's teleconference:

Given how exhausting Saturday night's game was against KSU, will there be any different preparation this week against Texas Tech?

"That's the million-dollar question as a coaching staff you try to make sure you're getting enough reps to be prepared for the game, but you also want to make sure your guys are fresh. So we've just kind of decided to go with routine with what we've done the last 2½ months, just try to stay consistent with what we've done and hopefully the guys will be ready on Saturday."

Any special challenges playing in Lubbock?

"It's the same as always. You're going out there to play a team that's going to play fast and put the ball in the air offensively. I think at this point in the season, our challenge is (to) take care of the football and try to be as sound as possible."

How do you stay focused from now until the Oklahoma game on Dec. 3?

"There's just so much going on right now. Our players are aware of the BCS show (Sunday night), they're being told they're having a great year. Everywhere you go it's 'Make sure to keep it going,' this and that. So really it's no different than what we've gone through now for three or four weeks. We just have to stay focused and absorb information in meetings and have good practices on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday."

What's the secret to getting on a scoring run like you guys frequently have been able to do?

"One, I think good players. Guys who are impacting our offense when we're scoring fast like that are guys who are really good football players."

Do you think more people want to watch a game like LSU-Alabama or your game?

"If I was sitting at home watching a game, I would have thought our game would have been pretty entertaining, one of those games where you're not sure you want to get up and go to the bathroom or get something to eat. I don't know. Obviously everybody's got their opinion. I'd guess most people who live in the southeast part of the country love to watch the LSU-Alabama game and I'm going to guess most people that live west of the Mississippi all the way out to the Pacific Ocean probably like our style of game because they're used to that style. I guess it's whatever you want."