Wednesday, November 9, 2011

OSU Defense Creates Turnovers

Oklahoma State is testing the theory that defense wins championships.

The Cowboys, according to BCS analysts, will play for the national title if they win their final three games at Texas Tech on Saturday, at Iowa State on Nov. 18 and home to Oklahoma on Dec. 3.

They will be heavily favored to win the first two and a slight favorite to beat the Sooners in Stillwater.

If the season ended today, the BCS title game would match a team (LSU) that scored nine points Saturday against a team that allowed 45. What has football traditionalists shaking their heads in disbelief is that second-ranked Oklahoma State could get this far with a defense that ranks 110th overall, 99th against the run, 100th against the pass and 77th in points allowed.

"We would all like to have a shutdown defense ranked in the top 10 or 20. But you make the best of what you've got,'' Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said. "We've found other ways to get the job done.''

Oklahoma State defense is stronger than you think

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