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WVU to face league’s top runner

November 7, 2012
By John Wickline - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

MORGANTOWN - West Virginia's defense will face yet another offensive challenge Saturday when it heads to Stillwater, Okla., to play Oklahoma State.

However, this time the Mountaineers won't face a quarterback who can sling the ball all over the field, but rather they'll go up against a running back they may have to chase all over the gridiron.

Junior running back Joseph Randle leads the Big 12 Conference in rushing, averaging 116 yards per game. He is the only runner in the pass-happy conference to average more than 85 yards each contest.

"Joseph Randle is one of my most favorite kids I've ever coached," said WVU coach Dana Holgorsen, who served as the Oklahoma State offensive coordinator during Randle's freshman season.

Randle has the opportunity to become just the sixth runner in school history to gain 1,000 yards twice in a season.

He said he thought he would have accomplished that feat last weekend, but Randle was held to just 43 yards in a loss to Kansas State.

"It looks like this week is going to be the week," he said. "I should be able to get 66 yards, or I'm not doing my job right."

That also would mean the highly touted Cowboy offensive line did not do its job, either.

"Joe Wickline is a pretty good offensive line coach, and he has been for two decades," Holgorsen said. "You have guys up front who can block and backs who can hit the gaps."

Kickoff for the game is set for 3:30 p.m., and it will be televised on ABC.

Randle said he is looking forward to going up against his former coach, adding he hadn't thought a lot about that opportunity until just recently.

"It's going to be crazy," he said. "It really hasn't hit me yet, but a lot of their coaching staff used to be here. It's going to be fun."



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