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Game Preview: Cowboys Going against Stout Defensive Line

OSU has to deal with a big defensive tackle this weekend.

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STILLWATER — Like most games, this one will likely be decided up front.

Oklahoma State hosts Baylor at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Cowboys’ homecoming game. The Pokes are just 2-5 against Baylor in the past seven season, but the teams’ look fairly evenly matched entering the weekend.

It’ll be a tough test for OSU’s offensive line. We’ll talk about that in a bit, but first here are stats and standings.

Big 12 Standings
Team Big 12 Record Overall Record
Baylor 3-0 6-0
Oklahoma 3-0 6-0
Iowa State 2-1 4-2
Texas 2-1 4-2
TCU 1-1 3-2
Texas Tech 1-2 3-3
Oklahoma State 1-2 4-2
West Virginia 1-2 3-3
Kansas State 0-2 3-2
Kansas 0-3 2-4

 

Offensive Stats
Oklahoma State Baylor
Points Per Game 39.8 37.8
Total Offense 528.3 475.5
Passing Offense 249.3 276.3
Rushing Offense 279 199.2
Defensive Stats
Oklahoma State Baylor
Points Allowed Per Game 27.5 17.8
Total Defense 415 340.2
Passing Defense 249.8 226.7
Rushing Defense 165.2 113.5
OSU’s O-Line Tasked With Handling Big DT

At some point Saturday, the unstoppable force Chuba Hubbard will meet up with immovable object Bravvion Roy.

Roy is Baylor’s 6-foot-1, 333-pound defensive tackle. He plugs up the middle of the Bears’ three-man defensive front, often requiring a double team. This season Roy has 23 total tackles, five tackles for loss, a sack and five QB hurries.

“Their nose guard, gah he’s gotta be 340, I don’t know,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “Maybe 350, I don’t know how big he is. He’s big. He’s a good football player.”

Baylor’s rushing defense ranks third in the Big 12, allowing just 113.5 rushing yards a game. That only trails TCU (101.2) and Iowa State (101.5). The Bears have allowed an average of only 3.2 yards a carry.

Hubbard’s yards per carry more than double that number at 6.8. Hubbard’s 1,094 rushing yards leads the country. It leads all Big 12 rushers by 464 yards.

Texas Tech’s SaRodorick Thompson had success running the ball against the Bears last week. Thompson finished the double-overtime game with 28 carries, 153 yards and two touchdowns. He was the first person this season for rush for triple digits against Baylor.

It isn’t only good rush defense the Bears’ defensive line provides, though. Baylor also leads the Big 12 with 23 sacks.

With Roy often forcing a double team in the middle, James Lynch has been a terror in one-on-one scenarios off the edge. Lynch leads the Big 12 with 8.5 sacks. OSU has only eight sacks in total this season.

OSU’s offensive line has allowed 13 sacks this season, the second most in the Big 12. Nine of those have come in the past two weeks when the Cowboys were without starting left tackle Dylan Galloway. On Monday, Gundy said Galloway has returned to practice, meaning he could be back this weekend.

OSU gave up only four sacks in the first four games of the season, the games where OSU had its intended offensive line.

“They got great players all over the field, and they’re a great team,” Hubbard said. “You can’t really worry about one guy. You gotta worry about everyone. As long as we play hard and do our job, I think good things can happen for us.”

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