It's still fun to run: Don't expect Pokes' running stats to suffer with new coordinator

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Published: January 18, 2010
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Even with the hiring of Houston offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, don’t expect Oklahoma State’s commitment to running the ball to change. The Pokes have led the Big 12 in rushing for the past four seasons and have averaged 42.6 carries for 207.6 yards per game in Mike Gundy’s five years as coach.

Regardless of who ultimately calls the plays (Gundy or Holgorsen), the Cowboys will likely remain committed to establishing a ground game.

In the two seasons since Holgorsen got out from underneath the pass happy-shadow of Mike Leach, the Cowboys’ new offensive coordinator has shown a commitment to running the ball.

In 2009, Houston rushed for 1,852 yards, averaging 29 carries for 132 yards per game. In 2008, the Cougars rushed for 2,102 yards, averaging 31 carries for 162 yards per game.

Those numbers are good news for OSU fans as it would be unwise for the Cowboys to lessen their commitment to the run, especially since the most explosive returning player on the roster is running back Kendall Hunter.


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