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Matchup with Texas Favors Oklahoma State Statistically



If you’re an Oklahoma State fan, you’ve probably had your heart flutter a time or two thinking about the matchup this weekend between the Cowboys and Longhorns in Austin. Statistically, however, this matchup favors the Cowboys in three notable categories that should bode well for Oklahoma State this weekend.

1. Texas is allowing 241 rushing yards per game.

The running game has been a weakness for Texas so far this season. Despite a stout defensive line, they have had issues with stopping the run, due partly because of the youth at the linebacker and in the secondary. They allowed Notre Dame to rush for over 200. Despite what the Longhorns may be considering a moral victory last week against Cal, they gave up 280 yards on the ground to an air raid offense. That should be a cause for concern for Texas. Even with an unproven offensive line, the Cowboys should be able to run the ball well in Austin. They rushed for 217 yards last week against UTSA. Offensively, they may be moving forward. But they have bigger problems on the defensive side of the ball, which should favor the Cowboys.

2. Oklahoma State’s defense

Oklahoma State is surrendering a measly 11.7 points per contest, which ranks No. 8 in the nation and second in the Big 12 behind West Virginia. Cal, which allowed 44 to the Longhorns last week, is allowing 21.7 points per game. If Glenn Spencers squad can contain Heard and keep him from escaping downfield, they should have a good handle defensively. In Spencer I trust.

3. Big plays

As Cowboys Ride for Free noted, the Longhorns used big plays to thrust the offense into motion against Cal. Six different players on the Longhorn offense recorded a play of 20-yards or more. For Oklahoma State and an experienced secondary, those big plays have not been an issue so far, albeit against inferior competition. In three games against Central Michigan, Central Arkansas and UTSA, the Cowboys have only allowed eight opposing players to gain 20 or more yards in a single play. Limiting big plays and keeping Heard in contain will be the key for success defensively.

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