Decision to stick with run pays off for Pokes

By Brandon Chatmon Modified: November 15, 2009 at 9:26 am •  Published: November 15, 2009

STILLWATER — It would have been easy to get discouraged; it would have been easy to give up.

Oklahoma State did neither.

Despite first-half struggles running the football, the Cowboys remained committed to the run and wore down Texas Tech in their 24-17 win over the Red Raiders at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday.

The Pokes had 21 carries for 36 yards in the first half. Yet Gundy and the rest of the OSU offensive staff stayed committed to running the football.

"Even though we weren’t moving the ball, we felt like we had to continue to run it,” Gundy said. "We didn’t want to get into a throw-a-thon.”

The Cowboys’ fifth-year coach didn’t want to get into a passing contest with Tech for obvious reasons; i.e., that’s a battle OSU loses to the Red Raiders’ pass-happy offense. And he also didn’t want to give the Red Raiders’ pass rushers more opportunities to create havoc.

So the Cowboys equaled their first half rushing attempts (21) in the third quarter alone, rushing 21 times for 112 yards in the third quarter.

"We were going to keep doing what we do,” running back Keith Toston said. "We felt like we could get in a rhythm, which we did.”

The Cowboys continued the onslaught for the rest of the half.

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