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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Good news, bad news for Oklahoma State

By David Ubben

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Just like last year, Oklahoma State's offense has come alive in the second half. The pace is up, and so is scoring.

OSU scored 10 points on its first two drives of the half and cut a 17-point deficit at half to just 20-17 midway through the third quarter.

What looked like a blowout now looks like a ballgame after Texas A&M's offense failed to reach midfield on its opening drive of the half.

Texas A&M led 21-7 at the half last year before trailing 35-21, tying the game late and losing on a last-second field goal.

The bad news for Oklahoma State? It's time to exercise its depth at the offensive line. Last year's top unit in the Big 12 returned all five starters, but juco transfer Michael Bowie crashed the starting lineup.

Jonathan Rush went down with an injury, though, and his status is unknown. The league's top offensive lineman, Levy Adcock, moved from right tackle to left tackle after the injury, and picked up a false start on his first play. OSU converted a 3rd-and-15 to keep the drive alive, however, and scored on a touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden to Justin Blackmon that was overturned from an incompletion.

OSU has to keep the fast pace that has the Wrecking Crew flummoxed, but A&M's offense has to answer, too. Twenty points won't be enough in this one.