OSU football notebook: Kendall Hunter, Joseph Randle are double trouble

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: October 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm •  Published: October 14, 2010

The Cowboys used their dual-tailback set more against Louisiana-Lafayette, lining up Kendall Hunter and Joseph Randle together in the backfield.

The look creates issues for defenses locked in on Hunter, with Randle's ability to make plays as a runner or receiver.

"Especially when we're motioning them and doing all that we do with those two guys," said quarterback Brandon Weeden. "Defenses have to account for two guys, versus just one.

"We used that to our advantage the other night, with those two in a little speed package. They're so dynamic with the ball in their hands and also in pass blocking."

With OSU facing the possibility of a depleted wide receiver corps Saturday at Texas Tech, playing Hunter and Randle together could be an option to create offense. Randle is OSU's fourth-leading receiver.

"It's what gives you nightmares," said Tech coach Tommy Tuberville. "When you get a passing game like we have and like Oklahoma State has and you get the running game going, it is a double whammy.

"It gives nightmares to your linebackers. Do you pass coverage or try to stop the run? It is tough to stop and defend. Maybe the most balanced team we will see all year."

FRIENDLY COMPETITION

OSU's Justin Blackmon and Dan Bailey go about scoring in far different ways, yet score just the same.

And score frequently.

Blackmon leads the nation with 11 touchdown receptions and has 12 TDs overall, ranking No. 1 in NCAA scoring with 72 points. Bailey, a perfect 11-for-11 on field goals and 32-for-32 on extra points, ranks third nationally with 65 points.

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