From The Coordinator: Tim Beckman

While many of the Oklahoma State coaches, including head coach Mike Gundy and co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer, were in front of a television Saturday night watching this week's Bedlam opponent Oklahoma host Texas Tech in another of the Big 12's titanic meetings, Tim Beckman was watching football. It just wasn't OU on television.

"You've got to watch your son play," said Beckman, who had celebrated in the hotel lobby in Colorado the week before when he heard Stillwater had upset Muskogee giving him another chance to see his son Tyler play linebacker for Stillwater High School.

"I got to see him play and was so blessed that they played well in the playoffs, and I had another chance to see him play and I was excited to see him play. The Blackberry was working so I was following it on the Blackberry, and then there was a fan next to us who happened to be a Sooner fan, and they had a TV, so I kind of watched it while I watched the Stillwater Pioneers play Midwest City."

Stillwater lost to Midwest City in a gallant effort that saw the unbeaten Bombers need to score 21 points in the fourth quarter to come back. There was no comeback in the OU game and the fourth quarter was of no consequence. In fact, there was nothing of consequence after the first quarter and that is the way it has been lately for the OU offense. They have put teams away in the first 15 minutes.

"I heard 47 points in the first half the last five or six games," said Beckman. "They've done extremely well. They have a lot of tools and a lot of players that can make plays. The offensive line is a bunch of seniors playing and they are playing very well."

Beckman said one player of note with Oklahoma that can really alter the game is tight end Jermaine Gresham. Just like the Cowboys' Brandon Pettigrew, and both are John Mackey Award finalists, Gresham can act as an ignitor for the OU offense.

"He seems to be open all the time," said Beckman of the large OU target. "He seems to be blocking well and that is something you don't see unless you are studying the tape. He is a very good player and this conference has some tight ends."

In the end though for Beckman it's about what it has come down to all year long. It's not what the other team does, it's what the Cowboys do.

"As you watch that game on Saturday and what the Sooners have done all year, you better tackle in space," explained Beckman. "They have a lot of great players out in space that can make plays. You better tackle in space, get off blocks, and create a pass rush.

"The same things we faced when we were playing Missouri, Texas, and Texas Tech. Our kids will have a plan, they are excited about being on center stage again, and having an opportunity."

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