After giving up more than 250
rushing yards to
"We did well defending the pass, the deep ball, but they ran the ball on us up the middle," said cornerback Darrent Williams. "We just let these guys run down the field on us when they shouldn't have been a team that should be able to run the ball on us."
Thankfully, the Cowboys have three games to get it together, and this week should be a great opportunity.
OSU's interior will be facing a
running game in
SMS tailbacks Tommicus Walker and Cody Pratt both ran for more than 100 yards in that game.
The talent level for the Bears
should be higher than
"I have a couple of friends that go
there (SMS), and I know they get a lot of ex-D-I players that go there,"
Williams said. "They probably have better athletes than
Everyone can easily say the offense is back on track, and that the secondary is much-improved over last season. However, holes in the middle exist for other teams to exploit.
And holes like that can cost a game here and there against quality opponents. Not many teams can win by only throwing, but rushing is a horse of a different color.
Turnovers are another concern for the OSU defense. It posted only three in its first two games.
"We shut ‘em
Turnovers will be crucial for the Pokes if opponents continue to have success in the defensive interior.
These next three, regardless of how many rushing yards are put up, should be easy wins for the Cowboys.
Hopefully, these games will be enough practice to get them on track. The competition gets stiffer after that, with four of their remaining opponents hanging on to Top 25 spots.
It could mean the difference between a six- or seven-win season and a Big 12 title. They will come together, but for now the interior is the Cowboys' kryptonite.
Who will become their Superman?