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Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys offensive line answered call for toughness

The men in the trenches contributed to OSU rolling up 615 total yards, including 210 by rush.
by John Helsley Published: October 22, 2012

Following a ragged 20-14 win at Kansas, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy called out his offensive line for getting pushed around up front.

Message sent.

And received.

In Saturday's 31-10 romp past Iowa State, OSU ran for 210 yards, part of a 615-yard total offense figure that ranks as the most allowed during the Paul Rhoads era with the Cyclones.

“We made sure we did a lot better job this week of being physical,” Cowboys guard Lane Taylor said. “We didn't want to give anybody an excuse. We know it starts up front. We just want to set that tone for the rest of the season.”

Said Gundy: “I think they took it as a challenge. They were teasing me all week, ‘Coach, do you think we practiced hard enough today?' Coach (Joe) Wickline does a great job of challenging those guys each week. They know what we expect. Hopefully, we can get them to perform and play at a high level.”


With running back Jeremy Smith hampered by a foot injury, the burden of the running game has fallen on Joseph Randle.

At Kansas, Randle handled 29 of OSU's 30 running back carries. Against Iowa State, he accounted for 24 of 30 back attempts, and also caught three passes.

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