STILLWATER — Can a group really agree on a play in a reasonable amount of time when pressure is mounting?

That seems to be Oklahoma State’s gameplan for Monday’s Insight Bowl, when the Cowboys will face Indiana at 4:30 p.m. CST in Tempe, Ariz.

OSU (6-6) lost offensive coordinator Larry Fedora when he accepted the head coaching position at Southern Miss earlier this month.

Fedora was the architect of an offense that finished eighth in total yardage (484.04 ypg) and tied for 28th in scoring (33.42 ppg) this season.

The Cowboys have named a new co-offensive coordinator, Tennessee wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor, but he won’t join the staff until after the Volunteers face Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl on Tuesday.

OSU coach Mike Gundy was the program’s offensive coordinator in 1994 and from 2001-04.

Following the Cowboys’ first practice in Arizona on Wednesday, Gundy said play calls for the bowl game will start with him.

“We’ll have a play call from myself and then all of the adjustments will be made amongst the group,” Gundy said. “I wouldn’t say anybody is the official (play caller). I would say most of it will be done as a group.”

The group includes receivers coach Gunter Brewer, running backs coach Curtis Luper, tight ends coach Doug Meacham and offensive line coach Joe Wickline.

Since Fedora’s departure, Gundy has stressed that the offensive system basically runs itself with quarterback Zac Robinson.

“We come to a conclusion on what we want to do depending on what Indiana’s doing,” he said. “It hasn’t changed much. You really wouldn’t notice the difference unless he’s obviously not there scripting that final part of practice.”

Doing different things well is what makes the Cowboys so dangerous. Last year they joined Boise State as the only teams to average at least 200 yards rushing and 200 yards passing. This season, OSU is the only team to average at least 238 yards in each category.

Robinson is credited with much of the offensive success. The sophomore replaced Bobby Reid as the starter in the third game of 2007. His 2,522 passing yards are the second most in a season for OSU and his 3,299 total yards are a single-season record. He threw for a school-record 430 yards against Texas.

“It’s been a lot of ups and downs,” said Robinson, who has rushed for 777 yards and seven touchdowns on 125 carries. “Just not knowing what to expect. There were a lot of things that I didn’t expect to happen coming into the season that did. I took advantage of the opportunity and just had fun with it. I can’t thank the guys around me enough for helping me out.”

While Robinson gets the ball to talented players such as running back Dantrell Savage, wide receiver Adarius Bowman and tight end Brandon Pettigrew, his offensive line may be underrated.

The group of left tackle Russell Okung, left guard David Koenig, Lewis, right guard Steven Denning and right tackle Brady Bond have started every contest since center David Washington broke his leg against Troy in the third game.

Lewis moved from left guard to center, Koenig switched from right guard to left guard, and Denning came off the bench to fill the right guard spot after the injury.

Even with those changes, Wickline’s crew has allowed only 11 sacks this year. That average of .92 per game is tied for fifth nationally.

Indiana (7-5) brings 42 sacks to Tempe, tied for the third-most in the country.

The next highest Cowboy opponent on the list is Oklahoma, which has 33 sacks.

Indiana’s best defensive lineman, 6-foot-3, 275-pound sophomore Greg Middleton, is the national leader with 16 sacks.

Jacob Longan writes for Stillwater NewsPress.

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