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College Football Report: Oklahoma State vs. SE Louisiana

STILLWATER, OK (KSWO) - Oklahoma State fans made their way to Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday for two reasons. One, they wanted to see a Cowboy victory. There wasn't much doubt about that one. The second reason though, they wanted to see if that OSU run game had improved any from last year and they left with some positive signs, mainly that there's a much deeper talent pool in that backfield.

OSU racked up 142 yards on the ground on 37 carries. The bulk of that production came from a five-man rotation. All five had their moments, and three of them reached the end zone.

“It's good because everybody is staying healthy. Everybody's fresh. Everybody has a different capability they can do. It was good to have that depth at the running back position,” says Chris Carson, OSU senior running back.

“What really stood out was the intensity and toughness that they ran,” states Mike Yurcich, OSU offensive coordinator. “Carson's run really stood out to me. That was phenomenal. Barry did a great job. So those guys as a core did a great job today, and it will be fun to watch the film and get more detailed into it.”

The hype all offseason has centered around the incoming transfer with the famous name. Barry J. Sanders made his presence felt, first in the pass game, and then with a breathe-taking punt return that featured some of the same moves that helped his dad become a hall of famer.

“His dad returned a punt against somebody out here, and about that part of the field. And it looked a lot like that. He ended up going down at the boundary. But Junior made three or four guys miss. So he's been solid back there and trustworthy. And there's a role for him for what he does for our team,”  explains Head Coach Mike Gundy.

While it was nice to get a few big highlights, the ground game is still very much a work in progress. The Cowboys still had trouble consistently opening up holes against easily the worst team on their ten-game schedule.

“We will know a lot more at the end of the month. We'll know a lot more about where we are there. But I think we have taken some strides. When we have some other guys playing, we have the flexibility to rotate some linemen, which may help us. We'll see as we move forward,” says Gundy.

The competition gets a little tougher in week number two as Central Michigan comes calling. Now the Chippawas played the Cowboys to a 24-13 ball game season ago. Kick-off for Saturday's matchup is set for 11 a.m. at Boone Pickens Stadium.

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