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OSU football: Second-half adjustments have benefited Cowboys

Oklahoma State has owned the second halves of games this season, outscoring teams 161-82 over the final two quarters, when they've regularly confirmed control.
by John Helsley Published: November 14, 2013

/articleid/3904756/1/pictures/2263005">Photo - Oklahoma State's Tracy Moore (87) celebrates his touchdown pass during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Kansas Jayhawks (KU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Tracy Moore (87) celebrates his touchdown pass during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Kansas Jayhawks (KU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Interestingly, the description of what's taking place presents a split locker room, although not in a bad way. The personalities, however, take over, with the defense half-crazed while the offense operates on calm and cool.

“Defensively, they play a lot more amped up than we do,” Webb said. “They play downhill, down to the ball. We've just got to relax and see everything.

“That's the way it is in the locker room, too.”

Said linebacker Caleb Lavey: “I know as the defense, we're ready to go. In our opinion, the halftime is too long. Give us the corrections and we're ready to go back out there.

“We're definitely antsy to get back out there.”

Adjustments aren't always simple.

Or even familiar.

“Sometimes they'll call plays that we haven't worked on, just draw a play up that we've never run before,” said senior wide receiver Tracy Moore. “You have to be able to go out and execute it and do your thing.

“Then there's changing signals, stuff like that. If you're not a disciplined team, you won't have much success getting that done.”

At Iowa State, the Cowboys led just 28-20 at the half, then seized control by scoring 23 straight points that led to a frolicking 58-27 rout.

At Texas Tech, OSU bolted to a 21-0 lead, then saw the Red Raiders seemingly grab back momentum by closing within 28-24 going to the locker room. But the Cowboys started the second half with two three-and-outs and an interception on defense, while the offense was driving to two touchdowns and a 42-24 bulge en route to a 52-34 romp.

Heading on the road again Saturday, into an important showdown with Texas, no matter what develops in the first half, the Cowboys figure to carry confidence out of the locker room. And a confidence with conviction.

“We really stress starting fast and setting the tempo,” said Lavey, “and taking the half before the other team can even get started.”

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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