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Smaller Pokes are smacked around by big ol' Sooners

By John Rohde Modified: November 25, 2007 at 2:13 pm •  Published: November 25, 2007
We put ourselves there in the first place.

"Hell of a job. Just a fabulous job of 11 guys collectively refusing to give in."

Failing to score in the middle of the second quarter didn’t cost OSU the game, but it could have kept things interesting for a while longer.

Life got a whole lot easier for the Sooners with a 21-point lead.

The bigger your lead, the easier it becomes to call plays — offensively and defensively.

The next time the Cowboys' offense was in a goal-line situation, they were in a spread formation and found paydirt in one play when tailback Dantrell Savage scored standing up from 6 yards out.

"You only had to slap me upside the head once," Gundy said of not going Jumbo again. "I'm not going to go in there and do it again, that's why we spread them out." OSU's lack of size has been a problem all season, not just Saturday. Gundy repeatedly has preached this. Half the time, the Cowboys were able to overcome these shortcomings.

Half the time, they weren't.

This explains their 6-6 record heading into the postseason bowl game.

So when a team is physically outmatched up front like OSU, what needs to click for that team to be successful? "You always have to have a very good plan, and then you have to use a lot of movement," Gundy explained. "What happens is when you use movement and try to stunt and hit gaps, if you guess the wrong way, you fail to get a good push.

"You have to guess right, or it makes it more difficult for us to play them straight ahead."

In other words, the bully on the beach kicks sand in your face.

To correct this, you work hard, get bigger and stronger, and then return to settle the score.

That's what the Cowboys need to do next season. They need to come back bigger, stronger and better. Or they'll continue to get mashed by the big, bad bullies on the block.

John Rohde: 475-3099,; John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 9-11 a.m. on New JOX 930 (AM).

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