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Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle's four touchdowns lift Cowboys past Missouri

OSU 45, MISSOURI 24 — With two of its top receivers out, Oklahoma State put the game in Joseph Randle's hands. Randle's four touchdowns helpped the No. 4 Cowboys pull away from Missouri and up their record to 7-0.
By GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: October 22, 2011

/articleid/3616189/1/pictures/1542641">Photo - Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle (1) scores a touchdown during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Missouri Tigers (Mizzou) at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle (1) scores a touchdown during a college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Missouri Tigers (Mizzou) at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo., Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“Usually I run down the field with the backs,” Weeden said of Randle's 59-yard score. “But he hit the hole and he was going. I didn't even chase him. I just watched.”

In the first half, Randle recorded his first receiving touchdown of the season when Weeden found him over the middle for a 13-yard score.

Randle's big day came one week after Jeremy Smith tallied rushing 140 yards, including touchdown runs of 74 and 30 yards. He added 71 yards on 13 carries Saturday, proving that the Cowboys have a formidable rushing attack to complement its potent passing game.

“It just happened, like last week with Jeremy,” OSU offensive coordinator Todd Monken said. “One opens up and (Smith) scores, one opens up today and (Randle) scores. They're both good players. They both work awfully hard. Obviously, they're in a direct competition. But they're good friends and it doesn't bother them.”

Just like it didn't bother Smith when, after he bounced off defenders on three runs that got the Cowboys inside the red zone on the Cowboys' final drive of the game, Randle finished it off with a 12-yard touchdown.

“I talked to him after that (and told him) he got my touchdown,” Smith said with a laugh. “It's all good.”


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