OSU notebook: Cowboys' defense rode to the rescue

By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: September 14, 2010 at 11:37 am •  Published: September 13, 2010
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While the Cowboys were botching the "Victory Formation" snap against Troy, fumbling the ball away to make it a game again, defensive coordinator Bill Young said he was shaking hands with linebacker Orie Lemon on the sideline, congratulating him for a good game.


Suddenly, there was more to come.

And when the defense got the ball right back, with Lemon recovering a fumble forced by Justin Gent, it was a head-held-high moment for everyone.

"We felt like a million bucks," said Cowboys defensive end Richetti Jones, who provided pressure on Troy quarterback Corey Robinson on the play. "We felt like we had just won the national championship or something.

"When you do something like that, that's what you work for. That's what those gassers are for in the summertime, all that extra running, that is what it's for. When the coaches are getting on you and pushing and taking everything you got, that is what it is all for, that moment right there."

KNOW THE FOE: TULSA

Tulsa's offense features three accomplished wide receivers.

Senior Charles Clay and junior Damaris Johnson have both surpassed 2,000 yards receiving for their careers and senior Trae Johnson needs just 20 more yards to join them.

That means TU will soon have three of its 14 players in history to reach 2,000 on the same roster.

FAMILY AFFAIR

For Cowboys wideout Tracy Moore, the game against Tulsa carries extra meaning.

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