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OSU turns to Kendall Hunter in second half, pulls away for 54-28 victory

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, Modified: October 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm •  Published: October 8, 2010

One thing is clear about Oklahoma State's offense.

When Kendall Hunter gets heavily involved, things run a lot smoother.

After limited carries in the first half, Hunter helped the Cowboys to a 54-28 win over Louisiana-Lafayette at Cajun Field on Friday night.

Hunter, who had eight carries for 46 yards in the first 30 minutes, had 20 carries for 80 yards in the second half. He finished with 28 carries for 126 yards and one touchdown.

Simply put, Hunter makes life easier for Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and the rest of the playmakers on the offensive side of the ball for OSU.

When Hunter is getting the ball and testing opposing defenses with his speed, it forces the defense to focus on stopping the senior. Showing great strength and determination, Hunter rushed for 51 yards on 14 carries in the third quarter as he never broke a long gainer but was consistently getting positive yardage on carry after carry.

His strong running forced ULL to account for the Pokes running game, which opened things up for quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Weeden had 135 passing yards in the first half but passed for 190 yards and two touchdowns in the third quarter alone as the Ragin' Cajuns focused on Hunter.

Box Score: OSU, 54 - ULL, 28 Postgame thoughts: What did you think of OSU's performance?