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September 5, 2012

Roland part of dominating run game in Cowboys victory

STILLWATER —  

When sophomore running back Desmond Roland scored on a 24-yard run in the second quarter, he knew he scored his second rushing touchdown of the game.

What he didn’t know was that he helped tie a 35-year old record as that was OSU’s seventh rushing touchdown of the game.

“It’s a great feeling,” Roland said. “I didn’t know we broke the record. We worked hard during two-a-days. All the work paid off.”

The Cowboys set a new school record with nine rushing touchdowns in Saturday’s 84-0 victory. Roland’s third touchdown of the game in the third quarter broke the record. Oklahoma State ran the ball 42 times for 403 yards. In the second half the Pokes rushed 19 times compared to 12 passes. The sophomore said all the hard work paid off.

“We had a great camp, us as a team,” Roland said. “The running back group took it upon itself to lead this team because we have a freshman quarterback. (Wes Lunt) played really well, too. We just had a great game (Saturday).”

Junior starting running back Joseph Randle got the night started, scoring the Pokes’ first two touchdowns on runs of two and 40 yards, respectively. In less than one quarter, Randle racked up 107 yards on only six carries.

“I just want to thank the guys in front of me that gave me the opportunity to run,” Randle said. “I still feel like it was the first game and we got a lot of improvement to do and we will get ready for Arizona.”

Oklahoma State had two 100-yard rushers with Randle’s 107 and Roland’s 105 and was nine yards from a third as freshman Corey Bennett finished with 91. All four running backs scored at least one touchdown with junior Jeremy Smith and Roland each scoring three.

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