October 27, 2006

Here comes Big Red

Another week, another "must-win" game for Oklahoma State.

It's a tired line to be sure, but it's still very accurate. If the Cowboys want to get back to a bowl this season, they're going to have to find a way to win this weekend to do it. After another tough loss last weekend, the Pokes are still two wins away from reaching the all-important six-win plateau. The challenge this week comes from the No. 20 Nebraska Cornhuskers, who also are coming off a hard loss against Texas. The game is set to kickoff in front of an ABC regional audience at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

This could be a pretty entertaining game for the television viewers, as well as the fans at Boone Pickens Stadium. It will match the top two offenses in the Big 12 against each other. The Cornhuskers are No. 1 in the conference, putting up 434 yards a game, while No. 2 OSU puts up 421. It should also mark the return of Bobby Reid for the Cowboys (4-3 overall, 1-2 Big 12), who sat most of last weekend's game after suffering a mild concussion. He'll face a tough test, as the Husker defense ranks 26th in rushing defense (102 yards per game) and 29th in passing defense (111 ypg).

"They are very aggressive," OSU head coach Mike Gundy said. "The reason they do it is because they have two good ends that can put pressure on quarterbacks and I think they get as good of linebacker play as anyone in this league."

The biggest question mark in the game for either team is the Cowboy defense. Up 27-20 with time running out in the game, the defense allowed the Aggies to convert on 4th down and tie the score. From there, A&M scored a touchdown in overtime, which OSU answered, only to miss an extra point, allowing the Aggies to escape with a 34-33 victory.

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