Sharp decline in passing game characterized by lack of deep-ball success

Back when opposing defenses didn’t have much film on Daxx Garman, he bombed it down the field at a rate Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said put his quarterback on pace to “throw it deep more than anybody in the history of this league,” only kind-of kidding.

Through five games, OSU hit on 26 passing plays of 20 yards or longer. Wideout Brandon Sheperd led thew way with 16 catches for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Then Marcell Ateman with 14 for 237. Then David Glidden with 14 for 229 and a score.

That was back in September. Things sure have changed since.

In their last four games, the Cowboys have just five passing plays of at least 20 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Glidden has become Garman’s go-to in that span with 17 catches for 190 yards.

“Early on, you get a false sense of security,” offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said. “That’s not always going to be there.”

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