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November 6, 2012

OSU's offense tries to exploit West Virginia's defense

STILLWATER — It’s been highly publicized throughout the year as to what is the weakness of the West Virginia football team. While the Mountaineers have a high-powered offense, they have an equally terrible defense.

This week, it will be up to Oklahoma State to find a way to further exploit a Mountaineer defense which ranks dead last in the Big 12 Conference in scoring defense and in the bottom three of the other defensive statistics — except for rush defense, which WVU is fourth with 132.5 yards given up per game.

“It’s week to week. If you watch them last week against TCU, up until that 94-yard pass and 25 yards in overtime, they’d only given up 200 yards and had only given up seven yards rushing in the first half — that’s pretty good,” OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. “In their bye week, I think they simplified things. I think they took the way they’ve been playing lately personally. ... I wouldn’t put too much stock into what's already transpired because we’re different from Baylor, we're different from Kansas State, we’re different from of the other teams they’ve faced.”

The players aren’t sleeping on the defense, however. They know the West Virginia players will be prepared — after all, the coaches preparing them used to be the same coaches preparing the Oklahoma State players.

The trip to Stillwater for the Mountaineers will bring back former OSU coaches Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia’s head coach, and WVU’s defensive coordinator Joe DeForest — who served as the special teams coach and worked with the safeties for 10 years at Oklahoma State.

“We’re going into this game respecting their defense. We know what kind of coach Coach DeForest is and what he’s capable of so we’ll figure it out from there,” OSU wide receiver Charlie Moore said.

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