Another year, another battle against the K-State Wildcats, but what else is new? It took a defensive stand and a wild 4th quarter comeback to pull a victory from the jaws of defeat in the Little Apple. Nonetheless, the Pokes are now 7-2, and right in the thick of the Big 12 Conference title race, and controls their own destiny the rest of the season.
Unlike every other week this season, I am going to give my unsung hero this week to an entire position group. This week, my unsung hero(es) is the offensive line. While the offensive line has usually not been a strong suit for the Cowboys this season, they stepped up on Saturday. The Wildcats have one of the top defenses in the Big 12, especially against the run, only allowing on average 102 yards per game. The Cowboys were able to gash the Wildcats for 6.7 yards per carry, this was due in large part to fantastic blocking up front, allowing holes to open up for the backs to get almost 7 yards a pop. The 6.7 YPC is the best mark OSU has had in a game since 2013. The pass blocking by the O-Line was good as well. Rudolph only got sacked one time, and had enough time to stand in and throw for 457 yards. K State was able to get decent pressure all game, but the line held just long enough for Rudolph to have a clean pocket and deliver the throw.
From what I saw on Saturday, I am hoping this is the beginning of better things to come for the Cowboy offensive line. Being able to get a good push in the trenches against a very good defense is a tough task, and the line was up to the challenge on Saturday. With Texas Tech this week, OSU should be able to build off of the performance against K State and have another fantastic game. The offensive line could end up being one of the strong points for OSU towards the end of the season.