Stillwater Shootout

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:26 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Sep 16, 2010 8:32 PM CDT

So often times it seems that when we expect a shootout, we get a dud.&#160; I dont think that will be the case with OSU-Tulsa this weekend, but it may not be as high-scoring as some think.&#160; <BR/>Part of the reason is the familiarity between the two sides.&#160; OSU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen held the same position at Houston the last two seasons.&#160; T-U has prepared for and played against his system twice.&#160; But it works both ways as Holgorsen has seen what the Golden Hurricane do defensively as well.&#160; Its hard to tell who has the advantage.<BR/>If you watched the Tulsa-East Carolina game and all of the missed tackles by T-U defenders, you might think the Cowboys Kendall Hunter will run for 300 yards on Saturday.&#160; That may be the case, but bear in mind that T-U surrendered only 41 yards rushing last week against Bowling Green (I know, its Bowling Green).<BR/>Perhaps it comes down to quarterback play.&#160; More importantly, who protects their guy better.&#160; <BR/>OSUs Brandon Weeden has a bum thumb on his throwing hand.&#160; Hes playing through it, but you never know when another shot to the injured area may render him unable to throw accurately.<BR/>And big credit to T-U-s offensive line and offensive coordinator Chad Morris for keeping G.J. Kinne protected.&#160; He was sacked 46 times a season ago.&#160; In two games so far this season Kinne has been sacked a grand total of twice.&#160; Theyll have their biggest test to date against Ugo Chinasa, Richetti Jones, Jamie Blatnick and a thin, but talented OSU defensive line.&#160; That line would get a huge boost if Shane Jarka is able to return from minor knee surgery.<BR/>Jones would love nothing more than to get reacquainted with Kinne on Saturday.&#160; They were little league teammates down in Texas.&#160; If they have several meetings Saturday in Stillwater, the news could be bad for T-U.<BR/>I think that both offenses will have success.&#160; Hunter will get his for OSU and I dont see any reason that Justin Blackmon wont continue his emergence.<BR/>On the other side, Kinne is the best quarterback the Cowboys have faced so far this season.&#160; Demaris Johnson is a tough matchup for all teams, but even more so for a young OSU secondary that played without its only senior, Andrew McGee, last week. <BR/>How and why the big schools passed on Trey Watts is beyond me.&#160; He has been terrific for T-U.<BR/>Prediction:&#160; The Cowboys have really only been stopped by their own turnovers.&#160; I dont expect that to change that much against T-U.&#160; It wont be the OK Corral, but I think points will be scored.&#160; OSU 45&#160; T-U 38.<BR/>