John E. Hoover: Cowboys bring nation’s No. 1 offense and an impressive winning streak to Austin

John E. Hoover: Cowboys bring nation’s No. 1 offense and an impressive winning streak to Austin

Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph (left) and Texas safety DeShon Elliott battle this week in Austin.

The Texas defense thought things were tough last week.

The Longhorns went into the Red River Rivalry facing college football’s most prolific offense in Oklahoma. They do so again this week with Oklahoma State.

“Not very often you get to play the No. 1 offense in back-to-back weeks,” Texas coach Tom Herman said.

No. 10 Oklahoma State (5-1 overall, 2-1 Big 12) heads to Austin this week having beaten Texas (3-3, 2-1) four consecutive times at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. More than that, the Cowboys bring the nation’s best offense deep into the heart of Texas.

Quarterback Mason Rudolph leads the country in total offense (406.5) and passing yards (394.7) per game. Big-play wideout James Washington leads the country in receiving yards per game (147). Running back Justice Hill leads the Big 12 Conference in rushing yards per game (105.5).

How is it that OSU is so good at seemingly everything on offense?

“Uh,” Herman began with a laugh, “how much time you got?”

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Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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