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Young back in charge of Oklahoma State defense

Associated Press Modified: September 11, 2012 at 4:01 am •  Published: September 11, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Looking back over his 44 years as a football coach, Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young couldn't remember a single game that he'd ever missed until he had to sit out the first two contests this season for medical reasons.

He'd rather it not happen again.

Young was forced to listen on the radio from his home instead of accompanying the Cowboys (1-1) to Arizona for their 59-38 loss on Saturday night. It wasn't a pleasant evening.

After Oklahoma State dominated overmatched Savannah State 84-0 in the season opener and dedicated the shutout to Young, the Cowboys gave up 636 yards and committed several critical defensive penalties in the Week 2 loss.

Oklahoma State's players and coaches are refusing to make Young's absence, for an undisclosed medical procedure, an excuse.