November 2, 2007

Helping the Offense

This story is brought to you by the numbers 10, 51, 58, 92 and 98.

What exactly are those numbers? That's where Oklahoma State ranks nationally in total offense, kickoff returns, punt returns, total defense and net punting.

To go back to the Sesame Street well: One of those things is not like the other.

The Cowboys' offense is obviously very good this season, bordering on great if the passing were to improve. As for the other numbers? They're below average to bad for where a team in position to compete for a Big 12 championship should be.

No doubt, the offense has been the engine on this locomotive of a season, guiding them to a 5-3 record overall and a 3-1 mark in the Big 12. But facing big contests against the likes of Texas on Saturday, Kansas on Nov. 10 and Oklahoma on Thanksgiving weekend, those last four numbers need to see improvement to help OSU get a trio of big wins this month.

"I'm proud of the effort and they're continuing to get better," head coach Mike Gundy said of the defense. "We need to get healthy. (The) open week couldn't come at a better time for our team. We need a little rest and we need some good practices, then we need to give them some good days off and try to get them back on the field."

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