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October 17, 2013

OSU tries to work out kinks during bye week

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Since putting up nearly 300 yards on the ground against the Bulldogs, the Cowboys have only eclipsed 150 yards rushing once — collecting just 155 yards against lowly Lamar — and are seventh in the Big 12 in rushing offense with 144.8 yards per game.

With the passing and running game going hand-in-hand as Gundy has stated, it could also be flipped that teams aren’t having to focus on the pass as much — and electing to sellout on the run. And while Walsh is third in the conference in passing yards with 241.8 yards per game, it could still be even better — had it not been for some costly dropped passes the last two games.

The OSU receiving corps would easily be in the running for most talented group on the Oklahoma State offense, but recently the corps has been underwhelming at times with dropped passes at key moments.

“When people talk about the drops, it’s just fuel to our fire,” said junior receiver Josh Stewart, who leads the team in receiving with 332 yards despite an off game against Kansas State in which in had just 20 yards receiving.

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Cowboy notes:

While Oklahoma State didn’t play last weekend, it was a successful Sunday for the Cowboy program.

Due to an injury to the Dallas Cowboys starting running back DeMarco Murray, an ex-University of Oklahoma player, rookie Joseph Randle got his first significant playing time in the NFL. Randle rushed 11 times for 17 yards — the longest going for 14 — and picked up his first career touchdown.

“I text Joe (Sunday) night and told him congrats,” said OSU senior running back Jeremy Smith, who played behind Randle the previous two seasons. “Hopefully we’ll get to see more of that.”

Randle wasn’t the only former OSU running back to find the end zone this weekend, as Kendall Hunter scored on a 6-yard run for the San Francisco 49ers. It was his third touchdown of the year and seventh in his three-year NFL career.

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