Pat Kinnison

OSU's Glenn Spencer Is Always Bringing It Back To Earth

Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer says Oklahoma State will face a challenge in slowing down Patrick Mahomes and the Texas Tech offense.

Glenn Spencer's voice raised when he said it, and it came out almost with a degree of awe even though the night being mentioned was over a year ago.

"Last season with Texas Tech we defended 69 plays the first half, 69 plays on nine possessions," said Spencer. The Cowboys were facing Davis Webb, who started for the Red Raiders, and then in the second half after knocking Davis out of the game with a shoulder injury the Patrick Mahomes era began. This season Mahomes is second in the Big 12 in passing with a completion percentage of 63 percent, 1,827 passing yards, the most in the Big 12, and 12 touchdown passes.

"He creates things. He doesn't get shaken up," Spencer said of Mahomes. "They've got talent spaced out all around the field, so he's got a lot of choices. I think he's smart and a dangerous kind of guy. As he's scrambling, he can look for an open guy. I think he does a good job to see what you're in pre-snap."

"This is a very big challenge for us, so we have to have the right mindset of start fast, finish fast. We have Texas Tech this week," said standout defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, adding that defelctions may be more in play than sacks. "They run a fast, up-tempo offense, so we're going to take them on as they come."

Spencer is kind of like Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury when he is analyzing the interceptions thrown Saturday at Oklahoma by Mahomes.

"I think you have to look a little closer when you're talking about interceptions. A couple of his were tipped balls, so to say he threw four doesn't mean he's making bad reads," Spencer said. "Things happen. The defense did a good job of getting their hands up. I look at all the yards he's putting up and how he's moving the ball up and down the field. I look at how they created mismatches and how they moved the ball."

Also, as Spencer pointed out, the Red Raiders are third in the nation in passing offense as they average 409.8 yards a game. They also average 198 yards a game running the football. This is a game where you'd like to have all hands on deck, but a defensive lineman have some issue.

"It is what it is. I wish everybody was totally healthy, but that's not the truth," Spencer said thinking about ankles and A-C joints. "I wouldn't think about that. If we have a guy or two out, then the next guy is playing. Nobody really cares. Obviously you want all your starters healthy, but that's not happening at any club in America. It is what it is. I'm just worried about getting that next guy ready."

Making this a great week to grow up and mature a little bit more.

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