STILLWATER, Okla. —
“It should. In most cases, safeties have to help when a quarterback runs. If a safety helps when the quarterback runs it gives you a chance to throw it down the field,” Gundy said.
While Yurcich’s first shot at the big time came off with a whimper, OSU’s defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer put together a game plan that held Mississippi State’s offense — which features a quarterback Gundy claims will get a shot to play in the NFL — to just three points. It was the fewest points given up by a Cowboy defense to a BCS Conference opponent since a shutout of Bedlam rival Oklahoma in 1995.
“It’s not about me and the play calling. It’s about those players executing and we’ve got good players, experienced players and they went out and executed it well,” Spencer said.
While it wasn’t Spencer’s first time having to call the defensive plays — having done it against Arizona last year in Bill Young’s absence — it was still his first official game as the defensive coordinator — no “assistant” label attached. And the players under his watch were happy to start his tenure off right.
“He brings a lot of intensity to the table. As old as Coach Spencer is, he’s one of the most hyper men,” defensive tackle James Castleman said. “... I’m excited for him that we were able to help him get that first win under his belt as the defensive coordinator.”
Perhaps a reason for the improved play on defense for Oklahoma State was the different approaches Spencer is taking. All the talk before the season was him looking to be more aggressive — that shaped into three sacks and a pair of interceptions for the Pokes.
He’s also moved down to the sideline from his previous post above the field in the press box. It’s something he says helps cut out the middle man when addressing players in the middle of the game.