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OSU looking for ways to stop ‘Belldozer'

By Gina Mizell, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: November 29, 2011

/articleid/3627719/1/pictures/1576330">Photo - OSU's Anthony Rogers gets some of the face mask of KSU quarterback Collin Klein (7) in the fourth quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. OSU won, 52-45. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
OSU's Anthony Rogers gets some of the face mask of KSU quarterback Collin Klein (7) in the fourth quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the Kansas State University Wildcats (KSU) at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. OSU won, 52-45. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

“You've got to do your job, and then you've got to do a little extra,” defensive end Jamie Blatnick said. “It's going to be about getting off blocks … and really just getting after it on the line of scrimmage.”

Said Lewis: “They just want us to meet the blockers in the backfield. If you can do that, you can close down the lanes (Bell) has to run the ball. The coaches really took a lot of stress off of us by just letting us go meet the blockers in the backfield. It's pretty easy after that.”

Bell isn't the first big, athletic quarterback the Cowboys have faced this season, as Kansas State's Collin Klein is used in a very similar fashion. But Klein gashed OSU for 144 rushing yards and three touchdowns earlier this month.

OSU was idle last week, giving the Cowboys an extra two days of practice to prepare for a unique package like the Belldozer. But Young also expects OU to find new ways to use the formation, like it did against ISU last week.

The Belldozer is sure to be an important part of Saturday's Bedlam clash. And stopping it may be the biggest key for the OSU defense.

“We spend a lot of time on it,” Young said of preparing for the short-yardage plays. “We'll see if it works or not.”


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