Holgorsen Isn't Second Guessing Himself

Dana Holgorsen isn't a fan of second guessing things. The practice isn't akin to an offensive mind willing to throw the ball all over the field and revisit plays that previously failed en route to top five national rankings in total offense, passing yards and scoring.

Holgorsen said he isn't going to start second guessing himself now, either. At least not after the Cowboys' second-to-last possession on Thursday resulted in a quick three-and-out, putting Texas A&M in position for a game-winning drive.

Fortunately for the Cowboys, freshman linebacker Shaun Lewis intercepted an errant Jerrod Johnson pass to set up Dan Bailey's game-winning field goal in the 38-35 victory.

Actually, prior to the game-winning drive capped by Bailey's 40-yard kick, OSU had two other drives in the game's final 5:19. Those two drives totaled seven plays for 21 yards with two punts, allowing the Aggies a number of opportunities.

"We just didn't execute it and sometimes the defense wins, as well," Holgorsen said. "If I could call plays to get first downs every time I called plays I'd probably do that. They played defense and they had a good scheme. They just stopped us. I don't regret any of the calls that we made but I wish that we had executed a little bit better.

"If I could call perfect plays I'd probably do it all the time but there's no such thing."

But Holgorsen wasn't done yet.

"You get in to the point out there where it's the whole, ‘sit there and play scared or we're gonna go score,' so we took the approach when we got the ball back with four minutes left that we were going to call plays that would give us a chance score," he said. "We didn't execute it; we had to punt. The last time I checked that was a part of football."

While that reasoning might be eyebrow raising to some, it's also the same logic that has the Cowboys at or near the top of every major offensive category nationally.

Holgorsen said the main factor that comes into play separating the drive from a punt and a score comes from experience.

"Lets not forget we only have two returning starters on this offense. It's a new offensive (system) with two starters and added with it being the first time we'd seen that type of speed. Hopefully, we can take that and we can understand what it's going to be like going in to a big game like that. We have to be able to start fast in a situation where we're playing teams that run around a little bit."

As far as teams that are capable of throwing the 4-0 Cowboys off their game, the Louisiana Rajin' Cajuns don't immediately jump to mind as the Cowboys step out of conference play for the final time this season.

But Holgorsen said for his offense to run efficiently, they need to prepare for the Cajuns appropriately to avoid any potential letdowns.

"You have to treat them all the same. We're going to treat this exactly like we did last week. Coach (Mike) Gundy has done a good job in getting the players refocused and making everybody understand that this game is just as important as the other one. We're going to prepare and go into the game just as any other one."


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