OSU shook off some early rust, and found a way to pull out at 44-20 victory. The offense had spurts where they looked like the OSU of old, and the defense was opportunistic forcing three turnovers in the second half. Playing KU was the perfect game coming off of a bye week. It was a game that should have been in hand from the opening kickoff, because...well it’s KU. However, the Jayhawks showed some fight in the first half and made the game interesting for quite a while. Once the Cowboys pulled away, it was easy to see they truly were the better team. Justice Hill continues to show his talent with 162 yards, and Jalen McCleskey had a career day with James Washington being a non-factor. What I saw though, was one player come back from an injury and make an impact in a supplemental role.
My unsung hero for the game against KU was Chris Carson. He had missed the last 4 games with a hand injury, but came back and didn’t miss a beat. Carson was the starting running back at the beginning of the year, but has been relegated to a backup role with the success of Justice Hill in his absence. But, Carson came in and had a substantial impact in short yardage and 3rd down situations. He had 8 rushes for 59 yards and 2 scores, as well as 2 catches for 27 yards and a touchdown.
He may not be the starter anymore, but Carson showed in the game against Kansas he can come in and have an impact on the game. He is a much bigger running back than Hill, so he brings a different dynamic to the run game, as well as his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. I expect Carson to have a great impact in the coming weeks, and hopefully add another dimension to an already prolific offense.