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Big 12 notebook: OSU's offensive adjustments

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November 21, 2020

11/21/2020 Oklahoma vs OSU football. Photo by Ty Russell

After a week of two Big 12 games, the conference’s coaches spoke to the media on a teleconference.

Offensive adjustments

Oklahoma State’s offense struggled mightily Saturday evening. Oklahoma limited its despised in-state rival to 13 points — OSU’s lowest total since October 2018. In the rushing department, the Pokes’ 78 rushing yards were their lowest since Sept. 10, 2016, when Central Michigan allowed just 50 yards on the ground.

“We’re aware that we have some injuries up front, but we have coaches that get paid to make decisions and put our players in position to have success,” coach Mike Gundy said. “If the players are giving us everything they’ve got and they have good attitudes, then we have to do a better job giving them quality schemes as coaches.

Texas Tech to use two quarterbacks

Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells announced he is planning on continuing the trend of playing quarterbacks Alan Bowman and Henry Colombi. Texas Tech has used a two-quarterback offense in four games this season.

“We’re going to play both quarterbacks,” Wells said. “I certainly think we can bring the best out of them. Alan Bowman will take the first series and we will go from there.”

Campbell pleased with season

The Big 12 has played a successful season to this point. Conferences such as the Big 10, MAC and Pac-12 are in the beginning stages of their season while the Big 12 is closer to the finish.

“We stayed the course,” Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said. “The ability to get started on time and play a collective season is really impressive. Credit the leadership of the Big 12 navigating what has been a challenging season.”

Final home game for Texas

Quarterback Sam Ehlinger will likely play his final game at Austin’s Darrel K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Ehlinger will more than likely declare for the 2021 NFL Draft and has accepted an invitation to the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl earlier in the month.

“He means the world to me,” Texas head coach Tom Herman said. “Statistically, he will be one of the top two or three quarterbacks ever to put on the burnt orange and white. His impact as a leader within the program, university and community will be felt for years long after he leaves for the NFL.”

Patterson reflects before Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, TCU head coach Gary Patterson expressed his gratitude Monday morning.

“I’m most thankful for my family, friends, grandkids and my players,” Herman said. “It’s been a learning experience. You get to where you appreciate people a lot more. Even across the conference, I’ve appreciated all the coaches and players we’ve played against for the simple reason of understanding everything they’ve been through at this point. A lot of people thought we wouldn’t play six games but now we are getting ready for our eighth.”

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