September 24, 2006
Oklahoma State's football team isn't quite ready for prime time.
That was what was learned after the Cowboys lost 34-25 against the Houston Cougars Saturday night. Everyone from coaches to players to fans to media members questioned just how much you could take from the previous three games against Missouri State, Arkansas State and Florida Atlantic. In what was the first good gauge of the year, OSU found out there's still some work to be done.
The defense, which had been very strong in the first three games of the year, had a lot of trouble making open-field tackles and defensive stops against the high-octane offense ran by one-time Cowboy commit Kevin Kolb. The OSU defense allowed 509 yards. Of that, 313 were via Kolb's arm in the air. He also had four touchdown passes. On the ground, Jackie Battle racked up 109 yards. And five Cougar wideouts had over 40 yards receiving.
All in all, just not a good night for the OSU defenders.
"We didn't tackle," head coach Mike Gundy said during his weekly teleconference Sunday afternoon. "They made the plays and our guys just didn't tackle in space. You have to stop the run first. And I think coach Bedford would tell you that you have to stop the other team's base play first. And we never stopped their base run. Then you turn around and look and they've rushed for 200 yards."
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