November 22, 2012

Oklahoma State needs another big day from receivers

Oklahoma State receivers are on a roll.
For two-straight game, the Cowboys have had big-time performances from their wideouts.

Two weeks ago against West Virginia, it was Josh Stewart with 172 yards and 3 total touchdowns, while Isaiah Anderson blew apart Texas Tech's secondary a week ago with 174 and 3 touchdowns.

Obviously, the Cowboys will travel to Norman Saturday to face off with the Oklahoma Sooners. The OSU running backs should have their way with the Sooner rush defense that has been nothing short of disappointing this season, but the real key to the game is for a receiver to emerge for another solid performance like they have the last two weeks.

"They match up well with you," offensive coordinator Todd Monken said of OU's secondary. "They aren't afraid to put extra defensive backs on the field. They made a conscientious decision, you can see it on film, to match with you and force you to execute."

Monken will face off with OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops for the third time in as many years. The younger brother of Sooner coach Bob Stoops was the head coach at Arizona during their games against OSU the last two seasons, and the Cowboys emerged victorious both times.

That paired with the familiarity of their hated rivals that live just down I-35 should be big for the high-powered offense that Oklahoma State possesses, and with a running game that will likely dominate, the receivers will need to step up yet again.

One of those that could is Anderson, who's nearly doubled his receiving yard total this season in that game against Isaiah Anderson. No one is more familiar with the Sooners than Anderson, and he knows the game plan is set in motion for him and his fellow receivers to go big in Norman.

"They have some of the same fronts and coverages that they had last year so we're going to go out with a game plan that coach Monken has for us and we'll execute," Anderson said.

One of the things standing in the way of that is not only the Sooner defense, but a trip to Norman itself. Oklahoma has numerous winning streaks at home, and the reason is because of their atmosphere. A great stadium with great fans usually makes a bad experience for the visitors.

"OU's stadium is one of the loudest I've played in since the time I've been here," Anderson said. "So we just have to keep up our composure and play the best we can. It's not really just another game for us, that's our rival and if we win we get bragging rights for the rest of the year, like we did last year. Hopefully we can come out on top."

That home field advantage will likely disrupt the Cowboy offense initially, but the amount of composure on the unit will likely make up for it. The running game will get going, but the question still lingers for all-Which receiver will step up?
Oklahoma State isn't worried about it.

They're focused on one thing.

Another win.

"I'm trying to get a win streak started," running back Jeremy Smith and hopefully we can do that. We need to go out there and do our thing. We can't turn the ball over or anything like that. We have to stay on top of our game and stay focused so we can get out there and get that win."

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