Familiar, tough test for Mizzou defense

Familiar, tough test for Mizzou defense

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STILLWATER, OK - DECEMBER 7: Running back Desmond Roland #26 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys runs downfield from defensive back Julian Wilson #2 of the Oklahoma Sooners December 7, 2013 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State 33-24. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

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by Dan Greenwald / Mizzou Football App

KMOV.com

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 1 at 3:01 PM

(Missouri Football App) – For Mizzou, the Cotton Bowl will be a blast from the past.

Oklahoma State runs an offense that the Tigers used to see all the in the Big XII, a wide open pass happy spread attack.

The term “wide open” and “pass happy” is relative to type of football that Mizzou fans are now accustomed to. The Cowboys are run a more balanced offense and have not put up big offensive numbers compared with previous seasons.

Oklahoma State averages 269 yards through the air and 172 on the ground. Those numbers are solid, but not as impressive as some of the other offenses Mike Gundy has been at the helm of in Stillwater. In 2012, the Pokes ranked 4th in total offense and put up nearly 550 yards every week.

Don’t let the down numbers fool you, the Cowboys can still score; Gundy’s squad piled up 477 points this season.

The key to stopping the Cowboys will be the play of the defensive line.  The Tigers must win the battle up front and apply pressure to Clint Chelf and slow down Oklahoma State’s usually effective running game.

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