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Oklahoma State football: Cowboys will likely go heavy on the run game against Missouri

The Cowboys certainly aren't Auburn, the nation's best rushing team at more than 335 yards per game. But OSU developed a solid ground attack in the second half of the season.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: December 15, 2013

That makes OSU's final regular-season rushing stats — 65th nationally at 172 yards per game — a bit deceiving.

One of the lost performances of a wild Bedlam came from Roland, who finished with 144 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.

That doesn't include the 75-yard touchdown run on the game's first offensive play that was wiped out because of a holding call. And the fact that the Cowboys didn't keep pounding the run game — Smith even finished with 42 yards and no carries for negative yards — remains one of the more peculiar developments of Bedlam.

Mizzou's rushing defense — which ranks eighth out of 14 teams in the SEC at 151.8 yards per game — would be in the middle of the pack in the Big 12. But those numbers are also skewed, as the Tigers entered the SEC title game ranked 14th nationally in rushing defense.

Then that unit got torched by the nation's best at running the football. Which means Graham expects adjustments.

But he also expects the Cowboys to continue to attack on the ground.

“They might change up what they do against us,” Graham said of Missouri. “They're gonna have a month to plan for us. Whatever problems they had that day, I'm sure they're gonna fix and be ready to go against us.

“But we do love to run the ball. As an offensive line, that's our favorite thing to do.”


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