OU Still Boasts a Strong Run Game

The Oklahoma offense will undoubtedly suffer from the loss of running back DeMarco Murray. The question is how much?

The loss of sophomore running back DeMarco Murray may seem like a huge loss, and the Sooners will indeed miss the explosiveness he possesses as part of their offensive arsenal, especially since he just peaked in the last few games.

But OU's high-powered, record-setting offense should be able to deal with it.

Here's why.

Throughout the year, junior running back Chris Brown has been as consistent as they come.

He ranks 39th in the nation with 1,110 rushing yards, 108 more than Murray has this season.

He has piled up 100-yard gains in three of his last four contests and was two yards away in the only game he didn't, the Sooners' Bedlam contest against Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Brown has rushed for 1,000 yards in '08.

Brown has also found the end zone at ease this year, scampering for 20 rushing touchdowns, which ranks fourth in the nation, just two behind the nation's leader, junior MiQuale Lewis from Ball State.

"Without DeMarco, I thought Chris Brown–I'm the biggest Chris Brown fan there is. The guys that cover us all the time know that. That guy is a great player," said OU head coach Bob Stoops after Brown's 122-yard, three touchdown performance against Missouri in the Big 12 Championship Game.

And that's not all. Brown has another weapon alongside him in the backfield that stepped up off the bench in the Big 12 Title Game: sophomore running back Mossis Madu.

After Murray went out on the opening kickoff, Madu came in and produced big time.

He put together his first 100-yard performance of the season, running up 114 yards on the ground, and he also found the end zone three times, like Brown.

"I've said this is probably the best way to say it," Stoops said. "In some other years, I look up and we're running the play and I'm like how come so and so isn't in. And I don't feel that way with all three of those guys. I feel as good with one as the other. And that tells you the quality of those guys."

The quality of those guys, indeed, is remarkable. With a 1,000 yard-rusher in Brown and one nearing 500 in Madu, the impact might not be near as significant as it could and possibly should be.

"With Chris Brown and Mossis Madu, we still have two very fine backs," Stoops said. "Our team has a lot of confidence in their abilities."

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