A Conversation With Larry Fedora - Week 11

Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Larry Fedora was more than happy with the production of his offense in the 66-24 victory last Saturday against Baylor. Fedora loves to throw but more than anything he loves to win so those 387 rushing yards were fine by him.

This week Fedora and the offense will find a different challenge in a Texas Tech defense that is fifth in the Big 12 in total defense and really doesn't major in stopping the run or the pass. They kind of curtail both.

"I would agree with that," said Fedora. "I don't think they have been dominant against one side or the other. I look at it more as a bend but don't break kind of deal. They are not a heavy blitz team. They are going to play their base. They are going to be in the right place. They are going to be disciplined. They are going to chase the ball and they are going to tackle. If you can outscore them by doing that then they are going to lose the football game, but in most cases that doesn't happen."

So is this Tech defense designed so that Mike Leach can win shoot outs on the western plains of Texas with his high octane spread offense? Does Tech have a defense made to compliment their offense?

"I don't think that at all," Fedora said of the premise that the Tech defense is designed to win a shoot out. "I think they go into every game expecting to shut a team out, any defense does. They don't take a lot of chances to give up big plays. They are not going to sit in a zero blitz all the time and see if they can play you that way. They are going to play their base and they do a good job of it."

The Tech defense puts a premium on timing and set ups by the opposing offense. Against a defense that simply tries to keep you from getting too much, too fast there is the challenge to find a way to get too much and as often as possible do it very fast. Play calling can go a long way toward getting that done.

"You do and you do try and set some things up," Fedora said of his role this Saturday. "You are going to throw in certain ways to set up things in the running game and vice versa. It just depends on what you are trying to set up and when you are trying to set them up, and hopefully we are going to look back and find a way to get our 10 to 12 big plays in the game."

This is a game that Fedora would seem to enjoy, but as mentioned at the top he really enjoys winning.

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