Remote Patrol: ESPN crew says OU defense a better matchup vs. future opponents

BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer, mbracht@opubco.com Published: October 19, 2013
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Davis praised Josh Stewart for his huge plays, his 95-yard punt return for the first score and then a dramatic catch in the fourth quarter setting up the Cowboys' final touchdown.

On the return, he at first downplayed the blocking and credited Stewart's “amazing quickness” but on the second replay, noted he had picked up at least five good blocks, including one near the goal line. “I didn't give them (the blockers) nearly the credit they deserved on the punt return.”

The fourth quarter catch came on a 27-yard pass from fellow receiver Charlie Moore that Davis said “should not have been thrown. That ball should have been intercepted,” he said.

After OSU kicker Ben Grogan missed his second field-goal attempt to end the first half with OSU up 17-0, Johnson called it “a comedy of errors by both teams in the first half.”

Both Johnson and Davis consistently jumped on TCU center Joey Hunt for his low snaps from the shotgun formation. “If I'm the baseball coach at TCU, I'm talking to (quarterbacks) Trevone Boykin and Tyler Matthews about handling ground balls," Davis said. "I think today they have done a terrific job of handling low snaps.”

After a personal item about OSU linebacker Caleb Lavey complaining there was nothing to eat at his 95-year-old grandmother's house because she was tired of cooking, Lavey intercepted a pass and Johnson got one of his best lines of the day. “Lavey, eating well there. Grandma may have said, ‘Let's starve him a bit and get him in shape.'”

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