Plenty of the usual suspects continued to make plays for the Oklahoma State defense Saturday against TCU.
Linebacker Caleb Lavey collected five tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception. Free safety Daytawion Lowe led the team with six tackles and snagged a pick. Defensive end Tyler Johnson tallied three tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a sack. Cornerback Justin Gilbert finished with five tackles and an interception.
Yet strong safety Shamiel Gary was named the game’s defensive MVP after totaling five tackles — all solo — and three pass breakups. It was the latest effort in a season where Gary could be regarded as one of the Cowboys’ most improved and most underrated players.
“I just feel like I’m trying to be consistent, play like I’ve been playing every week,” Gary said, “and just watching film and recognizing what they’re doing on game days.
“Anytime a play comes my way, I’m trying to make a play. If I don’t get the interception, I’m trying to break up the pass. And if it’s time to make the solo tackle, I’m gonna try to make the solo tackle.”
On the season, Gary leads the Cowboys with seven pass breakups and ranks second with 35 tackles.