Offensive Line Key In Settling The Score

The Cowboys have their weapons on offense in running backs Dantrell Savage, Kendall Hunter and Julius Crosslin. They have the wide receivers in Adarius Bowman, Jeremy Broadway and Dez Bryant. There is also tight end Brandon Pettigrew and the man that spreads the wealth in quarterback Zac Robinson. However, for the offense to go the five big guys up front need to destroy the enemy.

"I expect us to attack them and I expect us to be very successful," said OSU offensive coordinator Larry Fedora of the offensive line against Texas A&M.

Why not? In the past two weeks against Texas Tech and Sam Houston the Cowboys have had four players rush for more than 100 yards, three in one game. Robinson and Hunter averaged more than 8.0 yards a carry against Tech, five ball carriers averaged better than 7.0 yards a carry against Sam Houston, and in both games there wasn't a single sack allowed.

"We're getting better and we still have a ways to go," added Fedora on the offensive line. "This (A&M) will be a good test for them, and as you know we still have a lot to improve on, but these guys are getting better. They've proved that."

"I think we have some chemistry. I hope so," said senior guard and offensive line leader David Koenig. "We need everybody to pitch in, everybody that can help the offensive get better all season needs to be involved."

They also have a chip on their shoulder, the guys that played or watched from the side last season as OSU battled the Aggies and had them in a vice before Jorvorskie Lane made a critical fourth-down reception, and in overtime the Aggies blocked a low extra point for the win.

"Anytime you lose a game like that I think it is going to eat at you for a long time, and I'm sure that individually some of the guys are using that for motivation," said Fedora. "That doesn't surprise me at all."

"It was definitely a heart-breaker," said Koenig. "I was out there on the PAT when we missed it in overtime and it was really hard. It was tough, and even the year before at A&M I have a really hard time with that. We got beat really bad and I don't ever forget anything like that."

The motivation will come in handy and be needed. Fedora says the Aggies playing the 4-2-5 that current A&M linebackers coach Bill Clay coordinated in Stillwater working for Les Miles. It's a different 4-2-5 as A&M defensive coordinator Gary Darnell, an OSU grad, has added some new schemes to it including more zone blitz pressure.

"They are very good up front," said Fedora. "They do a great job on the front four. They have a linebacker, number 37 (Misi Tupe), who is all over the field. I wasn't sure it was the same guy because last year he had hair coming out all over the place and he got his hair cut."

"No, I doubt my dad did it," Fedora said quickly of his father who is a longtime barber in College Station.

"He's all over the field and I'll tell you one thing, they are doing a lot more than they did last year. Last year they were very vanilla, just keep everybody in front of them and play. This year they are doing a lot more defensively. It'll be a definite challenge because they do a great job of putting pressure on the quarterback."

The most asked question I've received since Saturday is whether the Kyle Field experience will shake Cowboy redshirt sophomore quarterback Zac Robinson.

"I don't really worry about Zac," said Fedora when asked about his starting quarterback's first Big 12 start on the road. "Kyle Field is a tough place to play for everybody, but I don't really see Zac worrying about it or getting too excited about it. That just isn't the way he is. He's not made that way."

If the offensive line keeps it up and doesn't allow Aggie linemen like Red Bryant and Chris Harrington to shake up Robinson then maybe the Cowboys can go about the business of settling up on a year-old score and at the same time go 2-0 in the Big 12.

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