Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys RB Joseph Randle carries the ball career-high 32 times
When he walked into the postgame press conference, Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle was asked if he was sore.
Randle casually answered that he was feeling fine after an ice bath, but he seemed oblivious to the motive of the question.
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Randle had just finished carrying the ball a career high 32 times, to go with five receptions, finishing with 126 rushing yards and another 37 receiving. But he had no idea how many touches he had in OSU's 36-14 win over TCU.
“Not when you're so involved in the game. Normally, you just lose yourself, like Eminem,” Randle said, referring to the rapper's song “Lose Yourself,” from the movie 8 Mile. “I got some people on my team that love that song. I just lost myself in the game. You don't really notice it, then after the game, you're like, ‘Dang.'
“If you're worrying about stats during the game, you're doing the wrong thing.”
TCU hadn't allowed a 100-yard rusher all season, and was giving up an average of 92 rushing yards per game. Randle provided a steady force in an offense that was inconsistent at times in quarterback Wes Lunt's return.
Randle's rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter moved him into sole possession of fifth place on OSU's career rushing touchdown list with 35, one ahead of Tatum Bell.
Veteran OSU defensive coordinator Bill Young is respected for his ability to make in-game adjustments, and that quality has shown through the last two games.
Last week, Iowa State scored 10 points in the first quarter and the Cowboys shut out the Cyclones over the final three quarters.
On Saturday, TCU scored 14 in the first quarter — though only one offensive touchdown — and like Iowa State, was shut out the rest of the way.
Young said the players were tuned into what was working for the defense after giving up an early touchdown.
“The young guys were coming over and telling us, ‘This thing will work because they're doing this with the center,'” he said. “You really like to hear that as a coach, because it means they're tuned in.”
OSU forced TCU into to seven three-and-out possessions and the Cowboys haven't given up more than 14 in any of the last three games, a feat they haven't accomplished against conference opponents since the final three games of 1986.
OSU also forced a season-high three turnovers.
Quinn Sharp tied the school record for field goals in a game with five, helping the offense cash in when it couldn't produce touchdowns in the red zone.
Coach Mike Gundy said he was getting tired of kicking field goals, part of the reason he went for it on fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the third quarter.
“I'll take as many as I can get,” Sharp said with a smile. “Of course you want to get the touchdown every time, but when it's my job to go out there, I'll do my best to get points on the board.”
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