“He put his hand in the dirt. It was really easy for him,” Venables said of Nelson, who had eight tackles and a fumble recovery.
Additionally, Aaron Colvin moved over to free safety and senior Sam Proctor played strong safety. The shift came after Javon Harris' pronounced problems in coverage at Baylor.
Colvin recovered a fumble on the second play of the game, setting up a field goal, and Venables was complimentary of Proctor's play.
Stoops was noncommittal about what grouping will take the field at Oklahoma State.
It took two questions to Venables before the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1) became the primary topic.
Saturday's performance was positive, without question, but what does it mean in the scope of Bedlam?
OU has feasted on slower, physical teams such as Iowa State. But what about OSU?
“They have only stopped themselves, if they haven't had success,” Venables said, calling quarterback Brandon Weeden “a fabulous player, as good as there is in the country.”
“They're just a great, complete unit. … We have not had the kind of success against the better passing teams that we'd like. There's not a better time than now, all year, to have our best performance of the year.”
Colvin said he's seen Oklahoma State play several games this season. He said he respects its offense, but there's a big difference in respect and awe. He smiled when asked if Bedlam could be another Texas Tech or Baylor.
“Oh, we've heard that,” he said. “Everyone's been in our ears about it. All we can do is play our game.
“I love when people try to challenge me, and I know the other defensive backs are the same way. I know we'll get ready this week and be ready to perform.”