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Oklahoma State football: Des Roland joins exclusive club

by Berry Tramel Modified: November 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm •  Published: November 1, 2013

Des Roland rushed for 219 yards last week at IowaState, posting the 41st 200-yard rushing game in OSU history. A few notes about OSU 200-yard games.

* OSU has had just five 300-yard games. Barry Sanders has four of them. The only non-Sanders 300-yard game? David Thompson, who rushed for 321 yards against Baylor in 1996.

* OSU’s single-game rushing record is 332 yards, set by Sanders against Texas Tech in 1988. That game was played in Tokyo. Suffice to say, if Roland or anyone else breaks the single-game rushing this Saturday against Tech, OSU’s chances go up immensely.

* OSU’s only other 200-yard game against Tech came from Tatum Bell, who gained 238 yards in that memorable 2003 shootout, won in Stillwater by OSU, 52-49.

* Sanders is the OSU record-holder with seven 200-yard games, all in 1988. He actually had only three games in the 200s. Four were in the 300s.

* Thurman Thomas is next, with six, achieved over three seasons – 1984, 1985 and 1987. Thomas did it twice against KansasState.

* Thompson had four 200-yard games. Three came in a five-game span, from the 1995 season finale (Hawaii) through the first four games of 1996.

* Terry Miller had only three 200-yard games. Two came against Missouri, 1976 and 1977.

* The biggest victim of 200-yard games is IowaState. The Cowboys have had six 200-yard rushers against the Cyclones, including one in each of the last decades. Bobby Cole in the ‘70s (1970), Sanders (’88) and Thurman Thomas (’87) in the ‘80s, Gerald Hudson in the ‘90s (1990), Keith Toston (2009) in the ‘00s and now Roland in the ‘10s.

* Next on the list is Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri. Each have allowed four 200-yard games by OSU rushers.

* Texas has never allowed an OSU 200-yard rusher. OU has allowed only Sanders, 215 yards in 1988.

* Baylor, amazingly, has allowed only two – Thompson in ’96 and Vernand Morency, 227 yards ion 2003.

* Arkansas played OSU 30 straight years and never allowed a 200-yard game. The Cowboys’ only 200-yard game against the Hogs came in 1945, when Bob Fenimore ran for 241 yards.

* No OSU quarterback ever has rushed for 200 yards in a game – unless you count Fenimore, a single wing tailback. I consider single wing tailbacks quarterbacks, but lots of people don’t.

Here are the 41 200-yard rushing games in OSU history.

332: Barry Sanders, Texas Tech, 1988

321: David Thompson, Baylor, 1996

320: Barry Sanders, KansasState, 1988

312: Barry Sanders, Kansas, 1988

304: Barry Sanders, Tulsa, 1988

293:Thurman Thomas, Iowa State, 1987

293: Barry Sanders, IowaState, 1988

270: Ernest Anderson, Kansas, 1982

269:Vernand Morency, Kansas, 2003

264: Gerald Hudson, IowaState, 1990

261: Vernand Morency, UCLA, 2004

257: Kendall Hunter, WashingtonState, 2009

255: Gerald Hudson, Missouri, 1990

252: David Thompson, Tulsa, 1996

246: Terry Miller, Missouri, 1977

241: Bob Fenimore, Arkansas, 1945

238: Tatum Bell, Texas Tech, 2003

237: Bobby Cole, IowaState, 1970

237:Thurman Thomas, Washington, 1985

234: David Thompson, Hawaii, 1995

228: Terry Miller, Missouri, 1976

227: Vernand Morency, Baylor, 2003

227: Ernest Anderson, Missouri, 1982

222: Barry Sanders, Wyoming, 1988

221: Terry Miller, KansasState, 1976

220: Ernest Anderson, North Texas

219:Des Roland, Iowa State, 2013

217:Jamaal Fobbs, Louisiana-Lafayette, 1997

217: David Thompson, UtahState, 1996

215:  Tatum Bell, Wyoming, 2003

215: Barry Sanders, Oklahoma, 1988

213:Thurman Thomas, Kansas State, 1985

212:Dantrell Savage, Nebraska, 2007

210: Kendall Hunter, Houston, 2008

206:Thurman Thomas, Kansas State, 1984

206: Keith Toston, IowaState, 2009

205: Ernest Anderson, Colorado, 1982

203: Shawn Jones, Texas A&M, 1983

202:Thurman Thomas, Kansas, 1987

201: Kendall Hunter, Nebraska, 2009

201:Thurman Thomas, Colorado, 1985




by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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