OSU's Moores Are Ready For Man Coverage

You won't find too many Big 12 football fans that don't know the names of Quandre Diggs and Carrington Byndom, the two Texas cornerbacks. Byndom is a senior and Diggs is a junior, and both get mentioned a lot because Texas has long believed that pair to be talented enough to man up on opposing receivers.

One Longhorn defensive coordinator, Manny Diaz, was fired this season, but new coordinator Greg Robinson feels that pair can take on that task that allows so much more freedom with what to do with the rest of the defenders.

"When the box is loaded and it's man coverage then that means it is our time," Cowboys wide receiver Charlie Moore said during media interviews on Monday.

The Oklahoma State receivers have had success lately, maybe not on a quantity basis but on a quality basis for sure. In fact, not just catches have come the Cowboys way.

But with opposing corners in man coverage against the Oklahoma State receivers there have been no fewer than 10 pass interference or defensive holding penalties on enemy defensive backs in the past three games.

"We'll take it either way, with a catch or a pass interference penalty," Moore said. "It is a big compliment to see that flag on the turf, but this week I'm working on getting in better position so that even if I'm interfered with I can still have a chance to make the catch. I want the catch and the penalty."

Call that some of huge attitude that has taken hold on this Oklahoma State team. These players want their cake and they want to eat it too.

They ALSO want the icing on top and a Big 12 Championship. They have worked hard to get into this position and they don't intend to give up their advantage and hold on their destiny without a fight.

"We're going to be ready. Any time you have to play on the road in a Big 12 environment, it's going to be a big game," senior wide receiver Tracy Moore said. "Texas has probably one of the biggest stadiums we're going to play in. It's always a motivating factor when you know there's going to be 100-something thousand fans down there. It's going to be a big challenge, but we won't shy away from it."

"Coach (Kasey) Dunn told us yesterday that you can see the big picture, but it all starts for us on Saturday. It's an exciting time of the season," Charlie Moore added.

"We have to make sure that we focus on Texas this week, and get the game plan. We have to take it one game at a time, but we know that the Big 12 championship isn't there if we don't win this week. That makes it a little easier to stay focused."

You can bet both of the Moores will be very focused and ready to continue the climb to another Big 12 title opportunity.

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