Execution, not complexity, is OSU key

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Paul Rhoads said he gets shivers when watching the Oklahoma State offense. Rhoads said that he went four-wheeling with his kids last weekend after seeing the Cowboys’ first TD against Texas Tech on tape. He kidded that he didn’t want to see more.

“That offensive football team is scary explosive,” Rhoads said. “It (might be) the best I’ve ever tried to defend.”

Although their statistics are eye popping, it was the Cowboys’ offensive depth chart that surprised Rhoads.

“They list 13 starters,” Rhoads explained. “I don’t know how you prepare for that.”

Full disclosure: OSU has a couple of extra offensive players listed on the charts because of the different sets they employ. Beyond the five linemen, quarterback and tailback, the Cowboys also have four wide receivers, a tight end and a fullback on the depth chart.

Some coordinators have likely felt, at times, like they’re defending a team with more than the legal limit of 11 players. But, in reality, Rhoads feels the success of the OSU attack is based upon execution and not complexity.

“On both sides of the ball, (OSU) isn’t overly complicated,” Rhoads said. “What they’re doing offensively is what a lot of folks are doing. They just do it so well they have great success.”

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