Randle, Cowboys Run Past Tigers

Following a four-touchdown performance, it would be understandable for Joseph Randle to feel pretty good about himself but the sophomore speedster went another direction.

"Things just opened wide up for me," he said. "The blocking was incredible and those o-line guys and receivers just did a great job. All I had to do was outrun people."

He might be under selling his impact on the No. 4 Cowboys' 45-24 victory against Missouri in Columbia, earning the Pokes' nine-straight road win, but Randle did his talking with his play.

Behind an outstanding effort from the offensive line, Randle had 138 yards on 14 carries and scored on runs of 16, 59 and 12 yards. He also caught a 13-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

"All the opportunities presented themselves and I just tried to make the best of them," Randle added.

Randle's 59-yard burst was bit of a back breaker for the Tigers that gave the Pokes a 38-17 advantage that really ended any realistic hope of a Missouri comeback, bringing back memories of Kendall Hunter's similar run to help OSU beat Mizzou in 2008 on the road.

It was a big positive to see Randle hitting the lanes harder and faster than he had in previous weeks. Entering Saturday's contest, Randle had totaled 174 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the Cowboys' first three Big 12 games.

It offered further proof that when team's sell out to stop the OSU passing attack, Randle and the Cowboy run game will make them pay for it.

The Pokes also got a solid effort out of running back Jeremy Smith, who had 79 yards on 13 carries and one reception for eight yards. His touchdown streak ended at 10 games but he made big plays in crucial situations.

The Cowboys improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in Big 12 play while Missouri dropped to 3-4 and 1-3 in the conference.

The Cowboys' nine-straight road game was another big one but, as Randle said, they all feel just as good as the rest.

"(Winning on the road) is kinda the norm around here," Randle said. "We just feel like, ‘Hey, it's another win,' that's how we do it around here."


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