Austin, McCluster glad to be in Dallas

ARLINGTON, Texas - Defensively, No. 21 Oklahoma State ranks sixth in the nation against the run. But lofty numbers mean little to senior Ole Miss running back Dexter McCluster. View the video inside.

Though well-documented, senior Ole Miss running back Dexter McCluster has been virtually unstoppable lately.

Six games into the 2009 season, he had totaled a mere 164 yards on the ground. But when the Rebel coaching staff decided to feature McCluster as the team's primary rusher against Arkansas, the offense took off.

In the second half of season, the Largo, Fla. native racked up 821 rushing yards. He now ranks fifth in the SEC with 82.1 rushing yards per game, and eighth in all-purpose yards at 124.0 ypg.

Come the 74th annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, McCluster will also be vying to become the first player in conference history to rush for 1,000 yards and accumulate 500 yards receiving.

So while Oklahoma State enters the game with the nation's sixth-best rushing defense, don't expect McCluster to be intimidated. Of course, the strength of OSU defensively isn't lost on offensive coordinator Kent Austin.



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