Gearing Up For Game Day: Cowboys attempt to take down the Baylor Bears
STILLWATER, Okla. – After slaughtering the Texas Longhorns in Austin last weekend, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are hoping to take down another ranked Texas team on Saturday.
The Cowboys defense is planning an aggressive attack on the offensive line, in an attempt to throw off quarterback Bryce Petty.
The Baylor Bears will be without one of its best offensive linemen, Spencer Drango, after he had back surgery.
Petty will also be without one of his favorite targets.
The team’s second-leading receiver, Tevin Reese, will not play.
Despite the injuries, the Bears have still been able to put points on the board.
Baylor’s offense is one of the top in the nation in total offense, gaining 684 total yards per game and 384 passing yards.
The Cowboys’ secondary will need to focus on stopping Baylor receiver Antwan Goodley, who has recorded 11 touchdowns this season.
So far this season, Goodley has 48 receptions for 1,075 yards.
With Reese on the sidelines, the Bears may turn to receivers Levi Norwood and Corey Coleman to pick up the slack.
In fact, many of the Baylor starters are questionable for this weekend’s game.
Running backs Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin, along with linebacker Bryce Hager, are all questionable to start the game.
On the other side of the ball, the Cowboy defense will be relying on its speed and its ability to intercept a pass.
OSU’s Justin Gilbert intercepted two passes, returning one 43 yards for a touchdown against Texas.
Caleb Lavey and Shaun Lewis will also be detrimental to the defense’s success.
Oklahoma State’s defense is at its best when defending third down plays.
The defense has forced 178 third down plays but only 41 were third and short situations.
That means that 77 percent of the time, third downs are third and medium or third and long situations.
On the offensive side of the ball, Oklahoma State has scored 20 or more points in 49 consecutive games dating back to the start of the 2010 season, which is the longest active streak in the country.
Quarterback Clint Chelf will attempt to score with his arm and legs against a stout Baylor defense.
However, Chelf may be without receiver Josh Stewart, who is listed as questionable for the game.
He may turn to Tracy Moore, along with Jhajuan Seales and Charlie Moore to fill the holes left behind by Stewart.
Running backs Jeremy Smith and Desmond Roland will be tasked with gaining a bit of yardage, while wearing down the Baylor line.
The game will be played at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater this Saturday.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The game will be broadcast on ABC.