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Unsung Hero: Week 12

The defense stepped up big time this week, including this OSU senior.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Texas Christian Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

What a game on Saturday, huh? This was easily the best game the Pokes have played this season, dominating in nearly every facet of the game. To only give up 6 points in a game is very impressive, especially in the Big 12, which is based around high scoring offenses. (HOT TAKE ALERT) Justice Hill and Chris Carson have looked like the best running back tandem in the Big 12, combining for 334 yards on the ground this past week. Going into Bedlam, this team is coming in hot, just like OU. Bedlam is going to live up to its name next Saturday in Norman.

The defense stepped up on Saturday against a TCU team that was coming off a 62 point performance against Baylor. TCU was held to just 6 points and 343 yards of offense. OSU also forced 2 Kenny Trill interceptions on key drives. Both occurred at a time when TCU was driving. The first interception was by Lenzy Pipkins, a graduate transfer from UL-Monroe. He’s been mostly in a backup role this season, but he has played very well throughout the whole season as a compliment to Ramon Richards and Ashton Lampkin. Pipkins is my unsung hero this week. He had a fantastic game against TCU, shutting down a solid receiving core. He has been a consistent force for the Oklahoma State secondary, and being a senior has added leadership to the defense.

I’ve loved watching Lenzy Pipkins play this year. His energy on the field this year is infectious, and I believe it has helped lead to improvement in the defense, that could be seen on Saturday. I hope that on Dec. 3, Pipkins will once again be a leader on the field, and help the defense shut down the OU offense.