From The Coordinator: Gunter Brewer

In the 11th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys' 56-20 loss this past weekend to No. 2-ranked Texas Tech the Red Raiders became the first team this season to make Oklahoma State predictable. They did it two ways. In the first half the Tech defense did a good job of limiting the Cowboys on first down, especially stopping Kendall Hunter on the zones and zone read option run plays.

Gains of just two and three yards kept Oklahoma State facing second and seven or eight. It pinned the Cowboys down in play calling. Co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer made it clear Monday that the Red Raiders ability to pin the Cowboys down hurt.

"We are a team that needs to stay on the chains. And what I mean by that is we need to be able to call a run or pass at any time and I think any team would like to have that option," said Brewer.

"We can't just go back and throw it like Tech or a team that is in a quasi spread (offense). We have to be able to run and throw the ball. It is extremely important for us to be two dimensional and that is why we have been successful. We had nine explosive plays but they came at times that didn't help us as much."

Late in the game the Cowboys were simply chasing Texas Tech on the scoreboard and had become one dimensional because of the deficit.

The chore now for the entire coaching staff is move past the loss, and get ready to beat Colorado and Oklahoma to close out the regular season. The biggest part of moving on is helping the players adapt to a new goal. The Big 12 Championship is gone. The fact that goal was still in focus for so long makes it hard to give up.

"The continuity will be the same," said Brewer of the staff and the direction they give. "We are going to prepare and nothing is going to change as far as that goes. We need to get win number nine and then 10 and that would tie the all-time school record. We missed the chance to win them all and the chance to win the Big 12 South, so we have to move on to the goals we can get.

"I think you just get the players refocused to the task at hand," continued Brewer when my Cowboy Network broadcast partner John Holcomb asked him about being part psychiatrist this week. "One of the ways you do that is by correcting the mistakes from the game before. I know there are some things fundamentally that we want to improve on.

"We see the little intricacies of where we are, just a block away from breaking a big play or we could have done a better job as coaches or they could have done a better job as players. You don't see that until you see the tape the next day. Whether it is a missed block or a missed assignment they all add up and when you are playing the number one, two, or three team in the nation they don't give you much margin for error."

Speaking of the opponent this week, the Colorado Buffaloes are 5-5 and sitting at 2-4 in Big 12 play. Defensively, they are giving up just 373 yards a game on average. On tape they look pretty good.

"You scratch your head and wonder why they haven't won more games because they look pretty good," said Brewer.

A good team and a road challenge may just be the medicine to get the Cowboys to move past Lubbock, Texas in their rearview mirror. Also, quarterback Zac Robinson is going home for the only time in his college career and he will get to play in his home state. Making it a good homecoming for Robinson could also be suitable motivation.

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