OSU RB Hill misses regular-season finale
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.
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.
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.