Thursday, September 8, 2011
Don't forget the other half of OSU's team
By David Ubben
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Oklahoma State's offense has gotten plenty of attention tonight, and it's well-deserved.
Brandon Weeden is 22-of-23 and the Cowboys lead 21-0 late in the second quarter.
But don't forget the other side of the ball, which has been very impressive, too.
Sure, Arizona is missing one of the nation's best receivers in Juron Criner, but Nick Foles has completed 14 of 18 passes and Arizona is still hanging a zero on the scoreboard.
That's thanks to a fourth-down stop near the goal line on Arizona's last possession, courtesy of a pass breakup by Daytawion Lowe, who is stepping in for ineligible starter Johnny Thomas.
Arizona running back Keola Antolin has just 12 yards on seven carries, and daylight near the line of scrimmage has been at a premium.
OSU's offense will get plenty of credit if this ends up a runaway win, but the defense deserves a good bit as well.
Arizona has just six first downs to Oklahoma State's 12, and the Wildcats have established some momentum on a couple drives so far.
Each time, though, the Cowboys have held before it cost them points.