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OSU football notebook: Justin Blackmon, Kendall Hunter causing matchup problems

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, Modified: September 15, 2010 at 7:57 am •  Published: September 14, 2010

Tulsa has two game films at their disposal to devise a way to stop Pokes running back Kendall Hunter.

Washington State didn't pay Hunter enough attention, resulting in a 257-yard, four-touchdown performance.

"He really adds a different dimension to their offense," Tulsa coach Todd Graham said. "Houston is a lot more pass first and this offense I watched on film (OSU) is very balanced."

Troy paid Hunter plenty of attention and gave up 100-yard receiving days to Josh Cooper and Justin Blackmon. And Hunter still finished with 157 rushing yards.

"You have to start with him (Hunter), and that makes it difficult," Graham said. "That means you are going to have your challenges outside and when you've got a receiver that's as good as their receiver it's hard to match up on him."

Blackmon has proven himself to be a receiving threat that must be game planned for through two games. He has 18 catches for 257 yards and five touchdowns.

"We have to figure out a way to double cover him with our safeties," Graham said. "Then, we have to figure out how to stop the run. They are very difficult to defend."


Oklahoma State settled for field goals during its first two red zone opportunities against Troy. Instead of taking a 14-3 lead, OSU lead 6-3 early in the second quarter.

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