The Oklahoma State Cowboys are on a roll picking up a third consecutive win this past Saturday defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 31-13.
The Pokes hit a few rough patches throughout the season picking up tough losses against Texas, Texas Tech and Baylor, but the Cowboys continue to power through despite losing star wide receiver Tylan Wallace to injury.
Although Wallace is out for the season after suffering an ACL tear during a practice, the depth of the Cowboys’ offense has proven itself with guys like Dillon Stoner stepping up and making big plays for his team.
“I wouldn’t even say he [Stoner] stepped up because he’s always played at that level,” Quarterback Spencer Sanders said following the win over Kansas. “He’s that good of a player. I believe he’s one of our truly talented guys, and he’s outstanding.”
Stoner put on another high-offensive performance for the Cowboys against Kansas finishing with a career high of 150 yards on five receptions for two touchdowns.
Stoner’s powerful performance was aided by Chuba Hubbard picking up 122 yards and two touchdowns skyrocketing him to the nation’s leading rusher with 1,726 yards in 10 games.
Hubbard has received recognition locally and nationally, but head coach Mike Gundy stepped out of his usual postgame composure on Saturday afternoon to lobby for the running back as talk of the Heisman Campaign gains traction.
“You know me; I don’t step out there that much,” Gundy said. “But he deserves to be there. He’s a humble, unselfish, hardworking young man. We’re proud of what he’s done.”
Hubbard’s 122 additional yards on Saturday makes his total yardage the fifth-best in OSU history behind Thurman Thomas, Barry Sanders, Terry Miller and Ernest Anderson.
His two touchdowns helped make him the fifth Cowboy in school history to have 20+ touchdowns in one season sharing this honor with Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, Joseph Randle and Terry Miller.
“If he rushes for 1,800-1,900 yards, nobody else in the country does, and he’s playing in a Power Five school — If he doesn’t go to New York, then it’s a quarterback war,” Gundy said.
Hubbard and the Cowboys will hit the road this weekend to face the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown as the Pokes hope to keep this winning streak alive and continue to advocate for Chuba’s Heisman hopes.
The Mountaineers are coming off a hot win against Kansas State at 24-20 in Manhattan dropping the Wildcats down to No. 24 in the rankings, while OSU’s big win over Kansas puts them at No. 22.
This is the third time this season OSU has cracked the top 25, and the Pokes are now third in the Big 12 with a 7-3 overall record, while West Virginia comes in at No. 8 in the Big 12 riding a 4-6 record.
The Pokes and the Mountaineers kickoff at 11 a.m. in Morgantown on Saturday Nov. 23.