In the spirit of Halloween, this Oklahoma State team brings to mind the tale of Jekyl and Hyde, as one that has seen drastic differences from one week to the next.
The Pokes started the season at 3-0 averaging over 50-points a game. Over the next four games however they went 1-3 stumbling offensively against Texas Tech scoring 17-points and mustering just 12 against Kansas State.
Last week however the Cowboys were back to being explosive, rolling up over 500 yards and 38 points on Texas. Baylor Coach Matt Rhule feels like Oklahoma State is every bit as good as their last performance.
“Once they got that run game going they were able to go tempo and get themselves in a rhythm,” he said. “They’re as creative and good an offense as there is. They made the plays on Saturday against Texas. You could tell they were fired up and excited, had a good plan, looked fresh. They were really just clicking on all cylinders.”
One of the big reasons for Oklahoma State’s success on offense is running back Justice Hill. Rhule impressed with Hill’s versatility and the way Mike Gundy and Company use him within the offense.
“He’s a pro-style running back,” Rhule said. “Oklahoma State is as close to an NFL, pro-style offense. They’re not spread. He is a complete back. He’s dynamic. He’s got great vision, he’s tough, he’s physical, but he also can take it the distance. Their offensive line does a great job at handling movement. They have a nice scheme, but he’s so versatile that they can do a couple different things with him.”
Oklahoma State is still looking for their first win, in Waco, since the Bears moved to McLane Stadium.