Oct 26, 2013; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Grant Rohach (3) is sacked by Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive tackle Calvin Barnett (99) at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Cyclones 58-27. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

OSU defensive coordinator braces for Missouri offense

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After the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) take on the Missouri Tigers on Jan. 3rd at the Cotton Bowl, OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer might finally be able to get some sleep.

The Tigers are ranked 15th in the country averaging 39.0 points per game and have been especially productive early in games scoring 277 of its 507 points before halftime.

At a recent press conference, Spencer spoke about the daunting task of keeping the Missouri offense in check.

“Well, it’s hard because you watch them on film, what they’ve done against supposedly some better teams in the nation, better defenses in the nation, week in and week out they’ve moved the ball on them up and down the field. They score points. You can’t find a weakness. They’re so balanced. As a defensive coordinator, you go in wanting to stop the running game first. Then you get a running quarterback involved. That gives them an extra number, so they’ve got that element. They will have the strongest, fastest receivers we’ve seen all year. The good thing: You get called up and they say you’re in the Cotton Bowl. The bad thing: You’re in the Cotton Bowl against Missouri. It’s a great challenge.”

Kick-off time for the Cotton Bowl is 8 p.m. ET.

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