Applewhite Talks Oklahoma State

When looking at the end result for the Oklahoma game, co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite didn't have to look far to find the reason for the Longhorns' offensive struggles.

"We went back and looked at all the turnovers, obviously. That is what is going to win these ball games," Applewhite said. "You have to look and examine why. Maybe it is poor ball carriage. Maybe it was somebody didn't block somebody up front. Maybe he held on to a play too long. Maybe the guy ran the wrong route and forced you to hold on to the ball. You look and you examine those. You make personnel decisions based upon that. You make scheme decisions based upon that. It is just your job, and that is what we do."

Applewhite said the challenge from Oklahoma State this week wouldn't be much different from that the Sooners presented.

"There are more similarities than there are differences," Applewhite said. "They will mix up the fronts with you. They will play a four-man front. They do have pressure packages that they will get in. Obviously, you look at some of the games — Louisiana, Kansas — the games got away from them. I mean in a good way. So you are not having to bring a lot of pressure, you are just saying, 'Hey were scoring 100 points with Weeden and Blackmon, so lets go out there, let's play some base. We don't have to show a whole bunch.'

"I credit them for being smart and not giving offenses one-play drives," Applewhite said. "Statistically they are not a great defense, but it that a little skewed. They are better than their numbers. There is no doubt that they are better than their numbers. A lot of times those numbers will get skewed if you are not blitzing, so you are not as aggressive. You are not trying to give them a one-play drive. Then you look at some of those games, those guys are getting pulled in the second quarter. They are playing backups in the second, third, fourth quarter — developing them. We are not naive that those numbers are inflated."

Another number that might be deflated is the Cowboys' blitz percentage.

"They blitzed more in the A&M game, a more quality opponent that they were playing," Applewhite said. "They're in that 30 percent area. But here again, it is hard to take those numbers. Much like the national rankings you see the score is 70-14 and you say why aren't they blitzing. Well, my God, it is common sense. So you take that with a grain of salt. Oklahoma's numbers were higher on Saturday than they have been. So you just have to be prepared that that game is going to be a coverage game."


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