Oklahoma State running back Ollie Gordon didn’t post his second game in a row with more than 100 yards both rushing and receiving. Actually, he did not have a catch after hauling in six passes for 116 yards in last week’s win over Kansas. He more than made up for it by ripping through the West Virginia defense for 282 yards and four touchdowns as Oklahoma State, a three-point underdog on the road, won 48-34 at West Virginia.
Gordon, named a college football player of the week for the second week in a row, has a chance to become the first Oklahoma State player to lead the Big 12 in rushing since Chuba Hubbard ran for 2094 yards during the 2019 season.
When looking at the Ollie Gordon player stats, the 282 rushing yards are the ninth-most in Oklahoma State history. Five of the performances ahead of Gordon were accomplished by Barry Sanders in his Heisman Trophy-winning 1988 season.
David Thompson, Chuba Hubbard and Thurman Thomas are also ahead of him on Oklahoma State’s single-game rushing list.
Gordon is now second in the Big 12 with 816 rushing yards this season. After having scoring runs of 2, 16, 46 and 53 yards, he now is the Big 12 leader with eight touchdown runs. He ran nine times for 149 yards and three scores in the fourth quarter alone. That broke Tatum Bell’s program record for rushing yards in the fourth quarter of a game set in 2002.
Gordon was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row.
Gordon leads the Big 12 with 11 rushing plays of at least 20 yards and with nine runs of 30 yards or longer. He has +10000 odds to win the Heisman Trophy. His brilliant play in the last two weeks has not pushed Oklahoma State in the Top 25 in the NCAA football rankings just yet.
Oklahoma State is one of four teams tied for second place in the Big 12, with the Cowboys only a game in back of Oklahoma. The NCAA football schedule has the Sooners and Cowboys squaring off on Nov. 4 in Stillwater.
First up is the homecoming game against Cincinnati. The Bearcats have the second-best rushing defense in the Big 12, with an average of 100.7 yards per game. The NCAA football odds list the Cowboys as 7.5-point favorites.
Huge Game by Sophomore Running Back Lifted Cowboys Past Favored Kansas
The last time that Oklahoma State faced a ranked NCAAF team it did not go well with Kansas State cruising to a 48-0 victory. Somebody needed to step up for the Cowboys in the matchup with No. 23 Kansas and a quick look at the Ollie Gordon player stats made it clear who that somebody was.
Gordon was coming off back-to-back 100-yard rushing games so it was not too surprising to see him hit the ground running. However, going over 100 yards both rushing and receiving was a bit of a surprise.
Oklahoma State was a three-point underdog against Kansas according to the college football odds and predictions and thanks to the huge game by its sophomore running back, the Cowboys won 39-32 to improve to 8-1 in their last nine games as the home underdog.
Oklahoma State has the fourth-best odds at +3000 to win the Big 12 title after coming into the season with +4000 Big 12 title odds.
Here’s a look at Gordon’s huge game that landed him multiple Player of the Week honors and that includes one from us. Keep an eye on his player props for this weekend’s game at West Virginia as he will be a popular choice after his huge effort in the win over Kansas.
Getting His Chances
When looking at the Ollie Gordon player stats, Gordon has already topped his rushing total from his freshman season when he carried the ball 62 times for 308 yards and two touchdowns.
Nearly half of those yards came in a loss to West Virginia in the regular-season finale when he had season-highs with 17 carries and 136 yards in the 24-19 loss.
Gordon had 19 carries for 109 yards in the first three games of the season and that included a humbling 33-7 loss to South Alabama.
The decision was made to feed the ball to Gordon as he had 18, 21 and 29 carries over the last three games.
He is now sixth in the Big 12 with 534 rushing yards this season.
Displaying the Gift of Grab
The closest Gordon came to having a 100-yard game as a receiver took place as a senior at Trinity High School in Euless, Texas when he had 76 yards on two catches in a 49-21 win over Weatherford.
Gordon came into the game versus the Jayhawks with 11 catches for 64 yards this season. He blew those numbers away with 116 yards on six catches and a touchdown. A quick look at the Ollie Gordon player stats shows that he finished with 284 yards from scrimmage.
His career-best game in his two seasons at Oklahoma State was a 28-yard effort as a freshman in a 41-34 win over Texas.
Gordon is now fifth in the Big 12 with 714 yards from scrimmage.
“I couldn’t do it without my guys up front [and] my quarterback being so great,” Gordon told the media following the win. “I feel great. We are firing on all cylinders. I have been playing with swag. We are working together better than we have before. My versatility to catch the ball, run it and block has been huge for me.”
Last year, Oklahoma State’s leader in that category was receiver Brennan Presley as he had 825 yards in 13 games.
Among Big 12 NCAAF players, the only running back with more receiving yards than Gordon is Devin Neal of Kansas and Neal has played one more game than Gordon has.
The last Oklahoma State player with at least 100 yards both rushing and receiving in a game was Gerald Hudson in 1989. The last running back for the Cowboys to top 100 receiving yards was Rafael Denson in 1992.
Gordon is tied for the Big 12 lead with six plays from scrimmage of at least 30 yards, five of them have come as a runner and the other one as a receiver.
Currently, the only players from Power-5 conferences with at least 200 yards both receiving and rushing are Arizona’s Jonah Coleman and Arizona State’s Cam Skattebo. He needs 20 receiving yards to join that club.
Oklahoma State is halfway through the regular season so at this pace he would finish with 34 catches and that would make him the first Oklahoma State running back to top 30 catches in a season since current Baltimore Ravens back Justice Hill had 31 receptions during the 2017 season.
A quick peek at the upcoming NCAAF games shows that Oklahoma State hits the road to meet up with West Virginia. Both teams are 2-1 in the Big 12 and a game in back of conference-leading Oklahoma.
When it comes to the college football games this weekend, West Virginia ranks fifth in the Big 12 in rushing defense as the Mountaineers have gone from allowing 148.6 yards per game in 2022 to giving up 119 rushing yards per game this season.
West Virginia is currently listed as the 3.5-point favorite for Saturday’s game with the total set at 50.5 points.
Oklahoma State will be home in the next two games to face Cincinnati, the team allowing the fewest rushing yards per game in the Big 12 and nationally ranked Oklahoma.