STILLWATER — “I think they did fine. It makes it tougher when you split the teams like we did. We normally run sets with three and four wide receivers, so when you split the teams and try to run those same sets, we didn’t have the depth to do it,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “We were a little more vanilla with our offense than what we would be. The defensive line got great pressure. We dropped some passes that we should have caught, but other than that, I thought the kids had a good day.”
A combination of misfires and dropped passes made it difficult to keep much of a tempo, but some of those had to do with the more aggressive style of defense under first-year coordinator Glenn Spencer.
The defense had a much better showing than last year’s spring game — when 52 points were put up.
The two squads combined for three turnovers — two interceptions from Justin Gilbert of the Orange squad and a fumble recovery from defensive lineman Jimmy Bean, who also had two sacks for the White squad. The defense also held tough in the red zone, where the OSU offenses combined to go 1 for 4 — with the only score in the red zone being a 30-yard field goal.
“We dropped some passes on offense that contributed to it, but I’m really excited about the play we’re getting on defense,” Gundy said. “In the long run, we’re going to move the ball and score a lot of points here, because that’s what we do and who we are, but if we want to consistently compete for a championship, we have to play better on defense. I’m excited about our group, I think their attitude is different and I think they have a chance to be better this season.”