Mike Yurcich hopes Oklahoma State's offense can keep rolling against Texas

Mike Yurcich hopes Oklahoma State's offense can keep rolling against Texas

AUSTIN, Texas -- It is impressive for any team that climbs the short staircase or walks up the ramp from the visiting locker room at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium to enter the playing surface. Other video boards have since passed the huge screen in the south end zone of the stadium. There are other stadiums that have grown bigger across the country than this one including the one down the road at Texas A&M, the arch rival that Texas no longer plays.

The visitors locker room also serves as the locker room for the rowing (crew) team at Texas. For Oklahoma State that has served as symbolic as crew requires a team that is extremely close and works very well together in order to have success. The Cowboys have done that in the last three trips to Austin with a 38-13 win in 2013, a 38-26 win by the eventual Big 12 champs in 2011, and a 33-16 win by Brandon Weeden and Company as they warmed up for their conference and BCS conquering season in 2010.
I really like the matchup on the Oklahoma State offense side against the Texas defense. It has nothing to do with the fact that Texas has played defense like swiss cheese, allowing 37 points and 512.3 yards a game. Those rank 115th and 118th in the NCAA, respectively.

It has much more to do with the personalities of the two chess players that will be moving the pieces in the matchup in Cowboys offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich and Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, the former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator in Mike Gundy's first two seasons.
Bedford preaches youth on his defense and this week because of injury it picks up another true freshman starter at linebacker in Anthony Wheeler to go with middle linebacker Malik Jefferson. He says he has had to keep it simple but the tape shows he is throwing the kitchen sink out at times with his young pups. He also said to the media this week he sees an offense in Oklahoma State that is better than anyone wants to give them credit for.
"I don’t have any questions about what they’ve done," Bedford said adding that his video study of the Cowboys went back to the last three games of last season. "I see a different ball team. I see a team that’s exciting, that can score a lot of points with a quarterback who can make plays. … I see something different. They play down to the level of competition."
On the other side of the big green 100-yard chess board, Yurcich will tell you they cannot afford to play down to competition tomorrow.
"They do a lot of good things on defense," Yurcich said of Texas. "They run defend really well, have some good young talent with some experience blended in as well. Physically, the fronts are big, strong and they give you multiple looks and coverages. Because of that, we'll have to prepare well this week and get ready for what they have to bring on Saturday."
I really look forward to seeing Bedford each year. I always enjoyed our conversations when he was coaching at Oklahoma State and the guy is truly a funny guy. If he wasn't in football I could see him being a stand-up comic. I would classify him as a more sophisticated Eddie Murphy. I can say in the past not everybody I know has got his jokes as well as I have. Oklahoma State fans will hope that he is not in any kind of a joking mood after Saturday's game.

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