From The Coordinator: Gunter Brewer

Wait a second, Texas Tech is 54th in the nation in total defense and the Red Raiders are 46th in NCAA Division I in scoring defense allowing just 22.4 points a game. No, this can't be true of the school that Oklahoma State torched last season for 610 yards and 49 points at Boone Pickens Stadium that cost former Tech defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich his job. Yes, it is the same defense.

"I think what you are seeing is the same people playing at a different level," said Oklahoma State co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer.

That Texas Tech defense played a major role in the Red Raiders 39-33 win over top-ranked Texas last Saturday. Oklahoma native Colby Whitlock burst through from his defensive tackle position on the first play from scrimmage to tackle Texas running back Chris Ogbannaya for a safety.

"Obviously, you saw them play at a different level against Texas because of the magnitude of the game," continued Brewer. "That is a huge rivalry for them. Anytime you have that Tech-Texas thing that is really important to the kids from that area.

"You see the same guys as compared to last year's game really flying around to the ball and being gap conscious. You have to give credit to their defensive staff with what they've done. The attitude is there and you can tell they believe in themselves. They are keeping it simple and doing what they do best."

The pass rush is a concern for Brewer and the Cowboy offensive coaches as that may be the most improved area for the Red Raiders. They put the hurt on Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.

"I thought they played extremely well on both ends, but the people in the middle like (Colby) Whitlock were able to do some things with some twists and stunts," explained Brewer. "You have to give credit to their ability to play hard for four quarters. They didn't wear them down and that kind of scares you that they can get that kind of pressure late in the game with the same four guys."

Brewer made it clear that the Cowboys, like last season in the win over Tech in Stillwater, won't be looking to win time of possession. There are people that believe that is what you try to do. Gundy has always been about scoring points and knowing that is how you beat Texas Tech whether it is a shootout or a more pedestrian style game. Brewer, and the OSU offensive staff, is on the same page with Gundy.

"I think you do what you do and as it works out toward the end of the game whether you are in a four-minute situation and have the lead and are trying to bleed the clock or last possession or whatever you might do for clock management issues," said Brewer. "Otherwise you are going to do what you do.

"We've been against Missouri and been against Texas in big game situations and we are who we are. We aren't going to change in the next three days, and neither are they. We aren't going to get any new players, and neither are they.

"Our personality is going to be the same with maybe a few new wrinkles. We may dress something up a little bit, but you are going to see the same two teams go out there and it is going to be a great war and hopefully we are going to come out on top."

Yes, hopefully the Cowboys come out on top and march on toward the Big 12 South title.

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