Johnson more bothered by his play than by replay miscue

Thursday, October 5th 2006, 5:42 am
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State middle linebacker Rodrick Johnson says he's more bothered by what he calls his poor play than by a replay miscue that overturned a big play he made in OSU's loss to Houston.

Johnson forced a fumble late in the 2nd quarter of that game that OSU recovered before a replay official incorrectly overturned the call and returned possession to Houston. Houston took advantage of the break, scoring a momentum turning touchdown moments before halftime.

Johnson says this week there's no need, or time, to hang his head about what happened, especially with OSU preparing for its Big 12 Conference opener on Saturday at Kansas State.

Johnson is tied with Andre Sexton for the team lead this season with 20 tackles. Eleven of those stops came against Houston but Johnson says that the Cowboys, himself included, missed at least 30 tackles against the Cougars.

Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford says he's relied on Johnson to help shepherd and teach a young group of linebackers. Johnson says that given time, OSU's linebackers can rise to elite status and become the best in the Big 12.