A Conversation With Larry Fedora - Week 7

There were no complaints anywhere with offensive coordinator Larry Fedora on Monday. Fedora kind of stayed out of the media limelight on Saturday after his offense exploded for 392 yards and 42 points in the second half of the Cowboys 42-32 win over Kansas. The offense had 603 yards overall and produced record days for wide receiver Adarius Bowman and quarterback Bobby Reid.

Fedora knows the defenses only get better the rest of the way, starting Saturday at Homecoming with Texas A&M. He also knows something else.

"They're going to get better and, hopefully, we're going to get better," said Fedora. "I expect us to get better also. Whether we can duplicate what we did Saturday in a half I don't know if that will ever happen again, but I still expect us to execute. I think we will. I think we can.

"I've been on us that we haven't run the ball effectively or efficiently and we're still around 200 yards rushing a game, so I feel pretty good about that especially with a young offensive line. Do we have room for improvement? A lot of room, and we will get better. We understand that the road will get tougher also, but does that change your expectation level? Not for me, at least."

Mike Baldwin of The Oklahoman asked Fedora an interesting question: Is he so confident now in his offense that he feels they could have success against any of the top defenses in college football?

"I think we do," Fedora said of the question. "I will be honest with you. I think we're at a point where we do expect to be successful offensively with the guys that we have right now. With the weapons that we have, if we can stay healthy and improve, I think we can compete with anybody offensively."

The guess now is that opposing defensive coordinators will look to double up on the 6-4, 225-pound Bowman preventing him from having anything close to what he produced at Kansas. Fedora feels they have made that as difficult as possible.

"If you can move him around, which we can, that makes it difficult for a team to do," explained Fedora. "One, here is the thing that people don't take into consideration is that we're running just enough option that no matter what you do defensively you have to know your option responsibilities. That limits what teams can do. They can double an outside receiver like D'Juan (Woods) and still be sound in what they are trying to do. When you try to do it to an inside receiver you will break down against the run easier."

A bonus for the Cowboys and the offense is that after dealing with three straight road games, the weather and storm in Houston, wind and crowd in Manhattan, Kan., and a relative tranquil road atmosphere in Lawrence they will have it their way at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday.

"I think it's huge," Fedora said of coming home. "I think it is tough to win on the road especially in conference. It is extremely tough. I don't know if people put enough emphasis out there on that. It is very tough to win on the road. Coming home is a great thing for our team. They feel comfortable here and they know what kind of fan supposrt that we're going to have. The fans will be loud and that just jacks them (players) up even more."

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