One-on-One with Caleb Lavey

Final scores can be deceiving when deciding how a football game was won or lost. Example: Arizona's 24-17 overtime victory against Toledo. A glance at the final score would suggest that Arizona barely squeezed out a win against a mid-major. It's the final score that might lead fans to assume Oklahoma State will roll on Saturday when they face the Wildcats in Tucson.

But look further down the box score for the real story.

Wildcat quarterback Matt Scott, a fifth-year senior, passed for 387 yards, two touchdowns and one interception – good enough for a 145.9 passer rating, according to ESPN. He also ran for 78 yards. And running back Ka'Deem Carey also rushed for 147 yards, including one 73-yarder, and a touchdown.

With first game jitters gone, Wildcat head coach Rich Rodriguez will lead his spread offense against an untested 2012 Cowboy defense. That's why OSU linebacker Caleb Lavey isn't taking Arizona lightly, despite the Wildcat's narrow victory last week.

He sat down with Go Pokes to discuss the Cowboys dominating performance last week and his thoughts about OSU's next challenge:

How does the shutout against Savannah State effect your confidence?:
Lavey: It definitely does, it's always great to have a shutout. We're going to try to carry that into the next game. It was good to get that one for coach young.

What are you looking forward to most entering the Arizona game?
Lavey: I'm excited to get out to Arizona and play a late game. We get to play a coach we haven't got to play yet. We get to do a little more studying in the film room. It will be pretty exciting.

How much do you draw on past experiences playing Arizona?
Lavey: That's the thing when you get the change up like they do, you really can't rely on the past stuff. When stuff like this happens you just have to spend more and more time than you ever have in the film room. That's when studying and being a player of the game really comes into mind.

What challenges does their offense, with a running quarterback, present?
Lavey: It's always hard with a running quarterback, because you never know what he's going to do. He can always pull it down and run it. One of the things we're going to have to do is contain him on the run. And we're going to have to keep our coverage's.

Arizona barely beat Toledo last week, 24-17 in overtime, is it hard not to pay attention to that outcome when preparing for the Wildcats?
Lavey: It's still going to be a tough game. I heard that they had a couple penalties, a turnover, the game was not nearly as close as it seemed. So we're going to come in there and play them as if they beat them 84-0. Arizona is a good team, and we know that.

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