Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

December 1, 2012

Cowboys' defense looks to slow down high-scoring Baylor

WACO, Texas — A week after allowing 50 points for just the second time this season, the Oklahoma State defense won’t be getting any breathers in Saturday’s game against Baylor.

The Bears’ offense is in the top five in the nation in scoring (fifth with 44.36) and yardage (second with 575.45 yards per game) and is led by the top quarterback in the country in Nick Florence.

“You just try to slow them down, that’s about the only hope,” OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young said.

Florence, who took over for a Heisman Trophy winner this season, is averaging 389.5 yards of offense — the best of any Division I quarterback — with a quarterback efficiency of 157.11, which is second in the Big 12 Conference behind West Virginia’s Geno Smith.

“They’ve been effective all year. They’re averaging 45 points and prior to conference play they were averaging about 50 points,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “They’re throwing for about 360 yards a game, rushing for 230 yards a game and averaging 45 points a game. Our plan is to slow them down.

“I don’t know that anybody has been able to stop them. They played TCU and turned the ball over six times in that game and didn’t score as many points, but other than that it’s been a track meet.”

The Baylor offense has seen a sudden surge in the last two weeks — which led to upsets of Kansas State and Texas Tech — thanks to success in the run game.

Against the Wildcats, Baylor rushed for 342 yards with two backs — Lache Seastrunk (185) and Glasco Martin (113) — eclipsing the 100-yard mark. Baylor approached the 300-yard rushing plateau against the Red Raiders with 278 yards on the ground — with Seastrunk rushing for 136 and Martin getting 98 yards and two touchdowns.

“Challenges with Baylor are going to be the same as it’s been the last few weeks. We’ve been playing some of the top offenses in the country the past month, and the expectation is the same,” OSU linebacker Shaun Lewis said. ”We want to limit the run game and make them one-dimensional. We know coach is going to come up with a great game plan this week.”

Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0111web.jpg ‘Team behind the Team’

    For the second-straight year, the Claremore Zebra student training staff will be represented in the Oklahoma Coaches All-State games held in Tulsa.
    Meranda Golbek and Sarah Szcinski, a pair of 2014 Claremore High School graduates, earned All-State honors for their athletic training careers and will join two other student trainers from Jenks and Stillwater High School on the East squad.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • MLB: Yankees cruise to 6th win in last 7 games

    Brandon McCarthy threw six more solid innings, fellow newcomer Chase Headley delivered another timely hit and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 Thursday for their sixth win in seven games.

    July 24, 2014

  • OU men's basketball honored for academic excellence

    The University of Oklahoma men's basketball program was recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Wednesday with the organization's Team Academic Excellence Award.

    July 24, 2014

  • Tulsa begins new era in American Athletic Conference

    Not entirely unlike the nation that provides its namesake, the American Athletic Conference was born from an ideal in which members with ambitious goals are provided with the means to succeed in their quests for excellence.
     
    After nine seasons as a member of Conference USA, The University of Tulsa’s begins its’ membership in the American Athletic Conference today –– July 1, 2014.

    July 24, 2014

  • 2 Texas football players charged with sexual assault

    Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.

    July 24, 2014

  • Mack Brown to serve as ABC College Football analyst

    Former Texas coach Mack Brown will serve as a studio analyst for college football games on ABC.

    Brown stepped down in December after 16 years with the Longhorns, winning the national title after the 2005 season.

    July 24, 2014

  • Auburn QB Marshall pays fine for marijuana

    Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall has paid the fines for possession of a small amount of marijuana and a window tint violation.

    July 24, 2014

  • NBA: Mavericks cut Rashard Lewis, add Aminu

    The Dallas Mavericks have reached a deal with free-agent forward Al-Farouq Aminu after scrapping a contract with Rashard Lewis because of a knee problem.

    July 24, 2014

  • NBA: T-Wolves weighing options with Kevin Love

    The summer of LeBron has quickly turned into the summer of Love. When it ends is anybody's guess.

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are weighing their options when it comes to trading All-Star Kevin Love, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls both trying to land the versatile forward. But any talks are complicated by an NBA rule that requires a 30-day waiting period to trade any rookie that signs his contract.

    July 24, 2014