OSU RB Hill misses reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - COWBOY POSTGAME -

FORT WORTH, TEXAS

— Ok­la­homa State was with­out one of its top of­fen­sive weapons in Satur­day’s reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale against TCU.

Run­ning back Jus­tice

Hill, a ju­nior who leads OSU with 930 rush­ing yards, did not travel with the Cow­boys to Fort Worth. He suf­fered a rib in­jury against Bay­lor, ag­gra­vated it against Ok­la­homa and did not play last week against West Vir­ginia.

In his stead, red­shirt fresh­man Chuba Hub­bard rushed for at least 100 yards in the pre­vi­ous two games. The Cow­boys’ only other schol­ar­ship run­ning backs avail­able were red­shirt sopho­more LD Brown and fresh­man Jah­myl Jeter, who has yet to play this sea­son. Sopho­more J.D.

King an­nounced ear­lier this week he in­tends to trans­fer from OSU.

Hub­bard scored the Cow­boys’ first touch­down with 4:37 left in the third quar­ter on a 3-yard run.

Hill’s sta­tus for the Cow­boys’ up­com­ing bowl game is also un­de­ter­mined. Hill, who did not par­tic­i­pate in OSU’s se­nior day ahead of the West Vir­ginia game, is ex­pected to con­sider en­ter­ing the 2019 NFL Draft.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Cow­boy back Je­lani Woods, who missed most of last week’s game with a knee in­jury, was not avail­able. Cen­ter

Johnny Wil­son, how­ever, played af­ter he was ab­sent against West Vir­ginia with an an­kle in­jury, although the Cow­boys were again with­out of­fen­sive line­man

Shane Richards and Ar­ling­ton Ham­bright.

Bowl out­look

OSU now turns its at­ten­tion to bowl sea­son. The Cow­boys will learn their bowl des­ti­na­tion Dec. 2.

In all like­li­hood, OSU’s post­sea­son fu­ture could in­clude any of three des­ti­na­tions. Ok­la­homa, Texas, West Vir­ginia and Iowa State are all ex­pected to re­ceive higher bowl se­lec­tion than the Cow­boys, with the Soon­ers and Longhorns in the run­ning for a New Year’s Six bowl bid. The

Big 12’s Alamo Bowl and Camp­ing World Bowl bids likely go to two of those four teams.

OSU’s best-case sce­nario is likely the Texas Bowl on Dec. 27 in Hous­ton against an SEC op­po­nent. The next bowl would be the Lib­erty Bowl on Dec. 31 in Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, also against an SEC op­po­nent, fol­lowed by the Cheez-it Bowl, Dec. 26 in Phoenix against a Pac-12 op­po­nent.

The Cow­boys are bowl el­i­gi­ble for the 13th straight sea­son thanks to their

45-41 vic­tory over West Vir­ginia last week.

Penal­ties again prove prob­lem­atic

In the Cow­boys’ past nine games, they av­er­aged 3.25 penal­ties in their vic­to­ries and 8.2 in their de­feats.

OSU trended neg­a­tively early. Af­ter the Cow­boys’ de­fense re­cov­ered a fum­ble on TCU’s open­ing drive to give the of­fense a short field, Ty­lan Wal­lace com­mit­ted pass in­ter­fer­ence on a Tay­lor Cor­nelius touch­down pass to Ty­ron John­son, negat­ing the score. OSU set­tled for a field goal on a drive.

Later in the first quar­ter, OSU line­backer Calvin

Bundage tack­led TCU re­ceiver Taye Barber by the face­mask, a penalty. When the Cow­boys got the ball back, right tackle

Teven Jenk­ins com­mit­ted a chop block that negated an 8-yard com­ple­tion.

Through three quar­ters, the Cow­boys com­mit­ted five penal­ties for 61 yards.

[PHOTO BY BRUCE WATERFIELD, COUR­TESY OSU ATH­LET­ICS]

Ok­la­homa State run­ning back Chuba Hub­bard looks for run­ning room dur­ing the first half of the Cow­boys game vs. TCU on Satur­day in Fort Worth, Texas.

Nathan Ruiz [email protected] ok­la­homan.com

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