College Confidential

Texas’ Strong says defensive tweaks coming against OSU

After placing his defensive coaches on notice following last week’s 50-43 loss to California, Texas football coach Charlie Strong said Monday that the Longhorns will be making some adjustments on that side of the football Saturday against Oklahoma State.

“We will. We have made some adjustments,” Strong said during Monday’s conference call with Big 12 coaches. “It’s about personnel and tweaking it. It’s about putting guys in position where they can be successful.”

Strong did not offer specifics about personnel moves or whether he would be calling the defensive signals this week in place of defensive coordinator Vance Bedford. Strong raised that possibility last week after watching the defense allow 11 big plays to California, nine via the pass and two on running plays. Cal quarterback Davis Webb, a graduate transfer from Texas Tech, threw for 396 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.

Oklahoma State also has a veteran quarterback at the helm of its offense in Mason Rudolph, who has thrown for 324 yards per game this season. Strong said Rudolph offers a significant challenge but added that he and Bedford understand the need for improvement in Saturday’s contest in Stillwater, Okla. (11 a.m., WFAA/Ch. 8). No. 21 Texas (2-1, 0-0) opens Big 12 play against OSU, while the Cowboys (2-2, 0-1) need a win to stay in the race after last week’s 35-24 loss at No. 13 Baylor (4-0, 1-0).

“We’ve got to get better fundamentally,” Strong said. ‘Vance and I have a long history. Vance knows defense and he’s an outstanding coach.”

Asked what he anticipates from Texas in regard to defensive tweaks, OSU coach Mike Gundy said: “I’m not sure what he’s talking about. They’re pretty talented. I’m guessing he may me talking more about scheme changes.”

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