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October 30, 2012

OSU's Smith helps carry load for Pokes

STILLWATER — On Saturday, Oklahoma State University went against the top rushing defense in the Big 12 — Texas Christian University. Entering the game the Horned Frogs were only allowing 92 rushing yards per game. The Cowboys had no issue gaining yards on the ground, as they gained 147 yards for an average of 3.7 yards per rush.

“They were a great team. They were a great defense,” junior running back Joseph Randle said. “It’s just a testament to our offensive line to be able to run the ball on them.”

OSU out-rushed TCU by 20 yards and picked up six first downs by running the football. Two of the Pokes three touchdowns were by rushing with Randle and junior Jeremy Smith scoring on one-yard runs. All three Oklahoma State ball carriers had at least one rush of 10 plus yards. Randle led the team with 126 yards on 32 carries for his sixth game this season of 100 yards or more.

Coach Mike Gundy said the effectiveness of the running game was due to freshman quarterback Wes Lunt’s decision making.

“We had 73 plays, and I can only remember a couple of times where (Lunt) wasn’t correct mentally,” Gundy said. “When our quarterback makes good decisions, we have the chance to run the ball effectively. I did feel like our offensive line was physical enough for us to win this game. They were good last week, and I thought they were good in this game of being physical run blockers.”

Saturday wasn’t the first time this season that Oklahoma State was able to run the ball well against a highly-touted rushing defense. On Sept. 29, the Texas Longhorns entered the game only allowing opponents 148 yards per game. Still, the Cowboys posted 275 yards. Randle said it gives the running backs confidence knowing the offensive line can handle tough defenses.

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