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Tulsa's run defense can cause problems for OSU


Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard charges forward during the Oklahoma State vs. Oregon State football game on Friday, August 30, 2019, at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.

Can the Oklahoma State football team rush for more than 100 yards against Tulsa’s stout run defense?

Cowboy fans may think that they have an easy week this week against Tulsa. But, the Golden Hurricane rank 43rd in the FBS in rushing defense, allowing 111.5 yards per game.

The Golden Hurricanes are averaging 6.5 tackles for loss per game. One of those games was against Big 10 powerhouse Michigan State.

Tulsa held MSU running back Elijah Collins to 17 yards on 8 carries. Collins then rushed for 192 yards on 17 carries against Western Michigan in week two.

TU’s defense has held its opponents to one rushing touchdown and 3.14 yards per carry.

The Golden Hurricanes have a solid pair on the front seven, namely in being senior defensive end Trevis Gipson and junior linebacker Yohance Burnett.

Gipson has 4.5 TFLs this season, while Burnett has 2.5. Containing this pair will be a formidable task for OSU.

On the flip side, the Cowboys are averaging 259.5 rushing yards per game after impressive performances against Oregon State and McNeese State. 

OSU also has a dynamic duo of their own in Chuba Hubbard and Spencer Sanders.

Hubbard, a sophomore running back, averages 132.5 rushing yards per game this season. What’s more impressive is that Hubbard averages 7.8 yards per carry has four rushing touchdowns.

Three of his touchdowns came against Pac-12 opponent Oregon State, where he also rushed for 221 yards. Hubbard then ran for 44 yards and a touchdown on eight carries against McNeese State.

Redshirt freshman Spencer Sanders comes into the game averaging 80 rushing yards per game and 6.4 yards per carry. 

What can the Cowboys do to prepare for the Golden Hurricane’s dynamic duo? Make sure the offensive line knows about Gipson and Burnett, double team Gipson if they have to and make sure Sanders looks for Burnett when rushing downfield. 

With TU's talented run defense, the Cowboys face a tough task this weekend.