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OSU football: Missed tackles haunting Cowboys, Jim Knowles

STILLWATER -- Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles doesn’t understand where the Cowboys’ struggles in tackling have come from, after being improved in that area to begin the year. And turning around such a trend can be difficult.

“Tackling people in open spaces is the key to this game in the Big 12,” Knowles said. “It’s a hard thing to do and it’s hard to practice. You don’t ever go live in practice, so it’s a tough thing to practice. We have to keep doing everything we can to simulate that to the best of our ability in practice.”

With limited contact in practice, how do you simulate tackling?

“You try to get yourself in position to tackle,” Knowles said. “You try to put yourself in a good football position to execute the tackle in a good place inside-out or outside-in, knowing where your help is and going from there. It’s the best you can do.”

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Oklahoma State's Calvin Bundage (1) ties to bring down Iowa State's Brock Purdy (15) in the third quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the Iowa State Cyclones at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Iowa State won 48-42. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma State's Calvin Bundage (1) ties to bring down Iowa State's Brock Purdy (15) in the third quarter during a college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the Iowa State Cyclones at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Iowa State won...

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Scott Wright

A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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