Larry Fedora: Teaching Offense, Not History

Something will have to give. Oklahoma State comes in to Saturday's Big 12 South battle with Texas as the fifth best rushing offense in the country (averaging 256.6 yards). The Cowboys have the 10th-best total offense in the country (487.5 yards). Texas has the 14th-best rushing defense allowing and the 24th best total defense. Somebody's average is going to go up or somebody's is going down.

Cowboy offense coordinator Larry Fedora knows his offense will be looking up at the line of scrimmage.

"Really big inside, they are huge inside and they are big at the ends," said Fedora of the Longhorn defenders. "They run well. Babino is as good a linebacker as we've seen. He makes plays all over the field. They two platoon their linebackers and they come in with Sergio Kindle, Muckelroy, and Norton. Those guys play as much as the starter.

"Secondary-wise not as many guys play and I know they are not as experienced as the guys they lost because three of the guys that started in the secondary last year are starting in the NFL. There is a smaller margin of error for you. You have to get a hat on them, stay on them, and you have to be where you are supposed to be."

One thing Texas does do is take the guessing game out of it for you. Success on defense means few changes on defense for Texas. They don't believe in getting cute and trying to outsmart you or themselves.

"They are consistent at what they do," he said. "They are not a dial-a-defense every week. They have a philosophy. They have the players to play it, and they line up and they play it. They don't blitz 60 percent of the time one week and then not blitz the next. They do what they do and they believe they are better than you and they are going to come up and make plays."

As a result, media, fans, and even Oklahoma State fans will predict doom and gloom when Texas comes up on the schedule. Too many "experts" like to tell you what you can't do against Texas, rather than what you can do.

"If I was one of those people (being told), I would be motivated," said Fedora. "I've always been motivated by people telling me I can't do something. I think that would be some extra motivation."

Fedora respects Texas but the Cowboys offensive coordinator always believes there is a way to move the football, no matter who is on the schedule that week.

"We believe there are some instances where we are going to be able to run the football and other situations where we are going to be able to throw the football," said a confident Fedora.

What won't be a part of the meetings and practice for the Cowboys offense this week will be history. Okay, the Cowboys have never beaten a Mack Brown-coached Texas team, have caved in three of the last four meetings after leading Texas at halftime, twice by large margins, but that is all in the past.

"We won't look at anything in the past other than to look at the game plan (last year) and see what they did to stop some things and some of the things that they did that were unexpected," added Fedora. "We won't talk about wins and losses in the past because it really has nothing to do with this football team. Those things that happened four years ago, two years ago, last year, six years ago really have no effect on these players whatsoever."

Or on what will happen at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium.

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