In the pass-happy Big 12, sometimes it’s hard to even sniff the quarterback. Oklahoma State did that and more — all while using a four-man rush for most of the game.
“Coach Young came up with a great game plan and we had a lot of stunts that really worked well,” Nicholas said. “Ryan Robinson and Tyler Johnson and all the other defensive linemen did a great job of running the stunts and executing them to a T. I came free and just sacked (Doege). It wasn’t me, it was Ryan Robinson and Tyler Johnson that broke me free.
“It was real big when we can get a good pass rush with just four down linemen without bring our linebackers and safeties. Whenever we can just keep as many people in coverage as we can, especially playing a great passing team like that, it’s better.”