August 18, 2012

Defense evens it up

One week ago, the clear story following Oklahoma State's first major scrimmage of the fall was true freshman quarterback Wes Lunt having a very strong showing. In that one, the first-team offense clearly won the scrimmage. This weekend, the Cowboys moved inside Boone Pickens Stadium and the defense had a stronger showing to wrap up OSU's fall camp.

"Our scrimmage was very clean," said head coach Mike Gundy. "Guys had good attitudes and played hard. The defense ran to the ball and was much more competitive than it was a week ago. Offensively, we went through our second scrimmage without any holding calls. I thought that was pretty good in a 100-play scrimmage. We had a few procedure calls - one in a two-minute situation. I thought the kicking game was good. Overall, I thought it was a really clean scrimmage and I thought the guys had a nice finish to camp."

Gundy said the defense started strong - unlike last week - but that the offense rallied later in the scrimmage.

"The defense started out much faster," he said. "Last week, they started slowly and the snowball got going downhill and they never could do anything about it. Today, they started faster and played well. They forced a couple turnovers and got the momentum on their side. The offense came back and made some plays. I thought it was a really good scrimmage for both sides."

Defensive coordinator Bill Young also revealed a contributing factor in last week's disappointing performance for his unit. Being without an All-Big 12 cornerback will tend to make you more susceptible to the pass.

"The biggest thing is we were able to get Brodrick Brown back," Young said. "We've got some healthier guys out there in the secondary, which helps a ton. We had some young guys that let the receivers get behind them and we weren't getting nearly the pressure. We got just a tiny bit better pressure but a lot better coverage."

The Saturday scrimmage wraps-up OSU's fall camp. The Cowboys will catch rare back-to-back days off to commemorate the end of camp Sunday and start of classes on Monday. They will shift to more of a game-week type of schedule in the coming week. The following week, it's full-tilt game-week as they prep for the Sept. 1 opener against Savannah State in Stillwater.

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