Oklahoma State-Tulsa University: Key Match-Ups

Anthony SlaterContributor ISeptember 16, 2010

Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Two high powered offenses will meet at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday night, as Oklahoma State and Tulsa renew their in-state rivalry. The Cowboys will try to remain unbeaten in a game that should light up the scoreboard. Here is how the teams stack up:


OSU running game vs. Tulsa front seven

So far this season the Tulsa defense has been stout against the run. In their win a week ago, they only surrendered 41 yards on the ground.  Their linebacking crew is headed by Curnelius Arnick and freshman Shawn Jackson, who shined in his first career start with eight tackles and an interception. However, this front seven has not seen anything like the speed and agility that Kendall Hunter will bring on Saturday. With so much attention being paid to Hunter, the Cowboys have been calling misdirection wide receiver reverses that are picking up huge chunks of yards. Expect another huge game from Hunter and the Cowboy rushing attack. Edge: OSU


OSU passing game vs. Tulsa secondary

The Oklahoma State offense has been moving the ball with ease through two games, but had one major problem against Troy. Every one of their five turnovers was related to the passing game.  Brandon Weeden must make better decisions and the whole Cowboy offense must emphasize ball security. If they can do that, they should march up and down the field on Tulsa’s suspect secondary. The Golden Hurricane have been killed through the air this season by teams much less potent than the Cowboys. Justin Blackmon and Josh Cooper have shown their reliability, but look for other receivers to get more involved on Saturday. Big Edge: OSU


Tulsa running game vs. OSU front seven

The Tulsa backfield is filled with young, unproven talent. Freshman Trey Watts and sophomore Alex Singleton will share carries but should not be major factors. However, the Cowboys must worry about other skill positions getting involved in the running game. Wide receiver Demaris Johnson does it all for the Golden Hurricane offense and the Cowboys must know where he is at all times. Orie Lemon and the rest of the front seven have played well against the run through two games and it should be more of the same in game three. Edge: OSU


Tulsa passing game vs. OSU secondary

It has been a struggle in the early going for the Cowboy secondary and things will get no easier this week. Tulsa quarterback GJ Kinne leads all of college football in passing yards. The maturity of Kinne and the dynamic weapons at his disposal have Tulsa fans confident they can score with any team. The Golden Hurricane expect a shootout and feel that Kinne and the Tulsa passing attack can exploit a struggling Cowboy secondary. If the Cowboys want to contain this offense, defensive ends Ugo Chinasa and Richetti Jones must pressure Kinne and make him feel uncomfortable in the pocket. Edge: Tulsa



These offenses are similar in many ways and Tulsa believes that they have a chance in this game. Two factors should swing this game in Oklahoma State’s favor. The Cowboys have a superior front seven and have a knack for making big plays at crucial moments. The big factor that separates the teams is Kendall Hunter. With his playmaking ability and constant production, the Cowboys should stay undefeated. Oklahoma State 45-35