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Finding run game necessary OU only averaged 3.7 yards per rush Saturday. The statistic was only 3.5 yards per rush in the season-opening win against Missouri State. Take it back to last year’s final two games against Baylor (2.9) and LSU (3.5) and the absence of a rushing attack can […]

Finding run game necessary

OU only averaged 3.7 yards per rush Saturday. The statistic was only 3.5 yards per rush in the season-opening win against Missouri State.

Take it back to last year’s final two games against Baylor (2.9) and LSU (3.5) and the absence of a rushing attack can become glaring.

When Riley arrived in 2015, the “Air Raid” label came with his offense. But it’s been his rushing attack which has anchored the prolific offense. OU led the nation in yards per rush in 2018 (6.6 yards) and ranked fifth last season (6.0).

OU is still trying to find itself after the loss of Kennedy Brooks (opt out), Trey Sermon (transfer to Ohio State) and Rhamondre Stevenson (suspension).

Through two games, a running back doesn’t have a 15-yard gain. Last season, Oklahoma had six rushes that covered at least 30 yards in the first two games.

Riley was asked about the run game against K-State. The Sooners ended with 130 rushing yards.

“I thought we ran hard and pretty physical. Both Seth (McGowan) and T.J. (Pledger) did,” the OU coach said. “But obviously, we had the one fumble on the ground (McGowan late in third quarter) and then just again, weren’t able to shake loose and really pop any. And then when we did, I can think of two of them that we had big penalties on. Running game was definitely more consistent, but was not near as explosive as we needed it to be.”

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