Early in the first quarter, starting tailback and All-American, Justice Hill, exited the game due to an apparent shoulder injury. Up to that point, Hill had already rattled off a 39-yard run, and it looked like Oklahoma State would be able to impose its will on West Virginia on the ground.
But when Hill exited the game for the entirety of the first half, the offense suddenly found itself in uncertain territory, considering the alleged injury to Mason Rudolph’s shoulder. That was until J.D. King took over.
The true freshman toted the rock 36 times (!!!) for 142 yards and a touchdown, and caught five passes for 29 yards and another touchdown. Simply astounding output from a player whose previous game-high in carries was 16 at Pittsburgh. His 171 total yards of offense far surpassed his previous high of 95.
J.D. King's 36 carries were the most by an #OKState player in the Mike Gundy era and the most since at least 2000.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) October 28, 2017
Not only was King formidable in a tough situation, he was stellar. After an early fumble in West Virginia territory, King shook off the nerves and delivered a clutch performance when Oklahoma State needed it most. He was asked to be the workhorse for the offense, and he delivered.
Check out this run. King shows off his incredible strength and vision to put the Cowboys up 20 in the first half.
Not only did King show off his vision and speed yesterday, he showed off his strength as well. At the end of this run, he delivers a Madden-worthy truck stick to a hapless West Virginia defender.
J.D. King is a grown ass man (also a freshman). Watch Gundy at the end. pic.twitter.com/D1S3AnIqlQ— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) October 28, 2017
King was cool in the clutch yesterday for the Cowboys, and they absolutely needed it from him. Oklahoma State fans should feel pretty darn good with him and Justice Hill toting the rock for more years to come in Stillwater.