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At some point talent takes over and that’s exactly what happened for Oklahoma State against a feisty Kansas team, in Lawrence, on Saturday. Mike Gundy picked up his 99th win as OSU’s head coach by turning his running backs loose. Freshman Justice Hill made his case for the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week with 162 yards, and a touchdown, on 22 carries. He was supported by Chris Carson who produced 59 yards, and two touchdowns, on eight carries. Both backs averaged 7.4 yards per carry.
Pass Protection Breakdowns
While the run game was humming for the Pokes, you can’t help but think that the 46 rushing attempts were a direct result of the struggles to protect Mason Rudolph. While the end result was positive the struggle to keep the quarterback upright against a team like Kansas has to be alarming. The Jayhawks downed Rudolph five times.
Jalen McCleskey Steps Up
James Washington isn’t going to be sneaking up on anyone which will leave someone in a one-on-one match up. On Saturday that guy was Jalen McCleskey and the sophomore from Louisiana responded with 129 yards on six catches, both were team highs.
The Cowboys, now 5-2, host West Virginia next Saturday (11:00 AM Kickoff) before starting a stretch where they play three of their final four games on the road.