Arizona's offense struggled Wednesday against a defense many felt it should have success against. While some may be surprised, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy is not one of them.
"Well, Coach (Bill) Young on the defensive staff had been really good in the latter part of the season," he said. "We had a tough game against Nebraska. We had a couple tough plays against Oklahoma. We have a lot of confidence in the staff and their ability to, one, stop the run, and then two, rally in the red zone.
"If we've given up some yards, this defense has forced turnovers and held our opponents to field goals. So they were able to do it again tonight. But the interceptions that we made and the ability to hold them to field goals was obviously a big part of the game. We didn't play very well offensively in the second quarter and early in the third quarter. During that time, the defense had a lot of big stops."
Oklahoma State often seemed to be the aggressor and safety Markelle Martin says that was all part of the plan.
"I think the main thing is we was concerned about what we could do," he said. "We knew they were going to catch some passes, run the ball a lot.
"For us to be physical, come up, attack the ball, continue to buy into our plan was going to work well for us. The defense did that. They attacked the ball and forced turnovers."
Offense struggles in loss
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