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December 8, 2013

Roland runs hard, but it isn’t enough

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State sophomore running back Desmond Roland got roughed up early in the Nov. 23 Baylor victory. Saturday against Oklahoma, it looked like all Roland needed was a week off, as he scored all three of the Cowboys’ touchdowns and had recorded 159 all-purpose yards.

“I felt great,” Roland said. “The bye week helped me out a lot and other players that were injured. We all felt great out there.”

Most of Roland’s yards came on the ground as he rushed for 144 yards — averaging just under seven yards per carry. The sophomore running back said he got some good blocks from his offensive line.

“They blocked great all game — pass protection and run,” Roland said. “They worked hard all weekend. They blocked really good.”

Senior offensive lineman Parker Graham said Roland ran the ball well.

“Dez ran his butt off,” Graham said. “He was digging for every single yard that he had. I think our O-Line did a good job as far as blocking the guys that we were close to.”

Coach Mike Gundy said he was pleased with his performance and how the team ran the ball as a whole.

“Roland ran the football well,” Gundy said. “We were balanced — ran for 200 and passed for 200.”

Blake Webb said it was nice to have Roland healthy and producing the way he did.

“He was running strong and hitting the holes,” Webb said. “He allowed us to get a running game going and it really effected the game because they had to change what they wanted to do on defense. As long as we keep running the ball, it can keep things open.”

Roland rushed for two touchdowns each from one yard. In the third quarter, Roland caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Clint Chelf. All three of Roland’s scores gave the Cowboys leads but Oklahoma State didn’t come out ahead in the final tally.

“At the end of the day the only stat that matters is a win or loss,” Roland said. “I felt I played good and we all played good as a team. We just weren’t able to get the ‘W’ in the end.”

The sophomore running back who grabbed the starting role in Oklahoma State’s Oct. 26 victory over Iowa State felt he had a good season.

“I just stay motivated and stayed positive,” Roland said. “Once my number was called I took advantage of it and produced well.”

Roland and his teammates will wait until Sunday to find out their bowl destination.

“We will bounce back and get ready for our bowl game,” Roland said. “When we start practice, we will come back and be motivated. We have great leaders on our team and great seniors that will make sure we are ready.”

 

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