Texas at Oklahoma State Preview

By Darrell Laurant  |   Friday, October 28, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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Oklahoma State University is known for its Halloween Homecoming celebration, featuring spookily decorated fraternity houses and a street fair with costumes.

This October, though, the real horror show might be the Saturday football game (7 p.m. EDT) at Boone Pickens Stadium. Already 0-4 in the Big 12, the Oklahoma State Cowboys now face a University of Texas team ranked second in both "human" polls and No. 1 in the BCS rankings. In order to stay atop the BCS pyramid, the Texas Longhorns will have to beat OSU in a convincing fashion. How scary is

Despite three early non-conference victories over Montana State, Florida Atlantic and Arkansas State, the Cowboys have shown remarkable negative balance this season, ranking 100th in total offense and 102nd in scoring defense. Rarely is a team that ineffective on both sides of the ball.

A contrast between quarterbacks is also instructive. Texas QB Vince Young, recently named to the Sporting News' first-half All-America team, has thrown for 1,596 yards and 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. OSU sophomore Al Pena, who replaced Bobby Reid as the starter three games ago, has thrown two touchdown passes against nine interceptions -- among the worst TD-to-INT ratios in America. Pena did complete 24 of 40 passes last week in a 37-10 loss to Iowa State, but also completed four to Cyclone defenders.

A much-better Oklahoma State team took a 35-7 lead on Texas last year, only to lose 56-35 in a game that help define the season for Mack Brown's squad. Freshman RB Jamaal Charles, the Longhorns' leading rusher, should be recovered from an ankle injury this week, although Selvin Young was quite effective in last week's 52-17 rout of then No. 10 Texas Tech. WR Billy Pittman and TE David Thomas are Young's favorite receivers, while the defense is led by LB Aaron Harris and DT Rodrigue Wright.

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