In a year that is seeing a good number of running backs heading off to chase NFL glory, Oklahoma State will have one of the top backs in the nation back in 2020. Chuba Hubbard announced with a video on his Twitter account he will be returning to the Cowboys in 2020.
Hubbard led the nation with 161.08 rushing yards per game and a nation-leading 2,094 rushing yards in 2019. Hubbard rushed for 21 touchdowns in one of the top breakout seasons by any college football player in 2019. The announcement of his return for 2020 comes on the same day Oklahoma State announced a promotion of Kasey Dunn to offensive coordinator.
The pride of Canada will be one of the top players returning in 2020 and will likely see his name thrown in the early preseason Heisman Trophy conversation with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Hubbard will aim to become Oklahoma State’s second Heisman Trophy winner, joining the iconic Barry Sanders.
Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard became the second player in school history to break the 2,000-yard mark in a single season with a 16-yard run late in the second quarter of the Texas Bowl. Hubbard and the Cowboys lead Texas A&M at halftime of the Texas Bowl, 14-7.
Barry Sanders is the only other player in school history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season, doing so for Oklahoma State during his magnificent 1988 season with 2,850 yards.
The game got off on the wrong foot for the Aggies when they fumbled away the football on the second play of the game. Although that led to a missed field goal by Oklahoma State, it was the Cowboys who built an early lead with back-to-back touchdown drives in the first quarter. Cowboys kicker Matt Ammendola has missed two field goals, allowing Texas A&M to hang closer on the scoreboard at the half.
Texas A&M’s only score came on a short run by Isaiah Spiller from the goal line. Quarterback Kellen Mond had a costly fumble at the end of an earlier red zone trip, losing the football at the five-yard line on a second down.
The Heisman Trophy campaign for Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard is officially on, and it already has the support of The Great One. Hall of Fame hockey icon Wayne Gretzky was featured in a video shared by the Edmonton Oilers lending his support for Canada’s own Hubbard.
“I just want to pass on our congratulations from everyone in Edmonton,” Gretzky said in a short video clip shared by the Edmonton Oilers. “We’re all really proud of you. Keep going.”
Hubbard, a native of Edmonton, was appreciative of the message and words of encouragement from an Edmonton sports hero.
Hubbard is a native of Edmonton. Hubbard rushed for 6,880 yards and 82 touchdowns in high school. Hubbard currently leads the nation in rushing with 182.33 yards per game. As of today, Hubbard is the only running back with 1,000 rushing yards midway through the season. The next closest to Hubbard in rushing yards is Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins (826 yards) and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor (825 yards).
Hubbard is hoping to become the second Heisman Trophy winner in Oklahoma State program history. Barry Sanders won the Heisman Trophy in 1988.
If you spent your New Years Eve sitting through the defensive slugfests that were the Sun Bowl and Redbox Bowl, then you deserved to reward yourself for your devotion to the sport of college football by catching the second half of the Autozone Liberty Bowl. Oklahoma State (7-6) avoided a complete meltdown in the fourth quarter to drop No. 23 Missouri (8-5) by a score of 38-33.
Oklahoma State nearly coughed up a bowl win in the fourth quarter by having one of the worst showings in the fourth quarter seen this bowl season. It started with Missouri quarterback Drew Lock uncorking an 86-yard touchdown pass to Johnathan Johnston on the first play from scrimmage after Cam Hilton picked off a pass from Cowboys quarterback Taylor Cornelius in the red zone. That cut a 16-point deficit to a nine-point game after kicking an extra point. Larry Rountree III brought Missouri to within two points with a 55-yard touchdown run on a drive that was aided by a pair of personal foul penalties called on Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State later made the odd decision to try running a fake punt that was not catching the Missouri special teams unit off guard for a turnover on downs, although the football gods refused to punish the Cowboys by having a Missouri field goal attempt to give the Tigers the lead blocked to preserve the two-point lead for Oklahoma State.
The offense was bonkers in the game, especially compared to some of the earlier bowl results in the day. The teams combined for 1,139 offensive yards, with Missouri leading Oklahoma State 637-502. Oklahoma State also lost the turnover battle (2-1) and the time of possession battle, yet they came up with the only defensive play needed in the game with a fourth-down stop of Lock to preserve the win.
Lock had passed for 373 yards with three touchdowns. Cornelius passed for 366 yards and four touchdowns but had two interceptions for Oklahoma State. In the absence of Justice Hill, who sat out of the bowl game to focus on staying healthy for the NFL draft process, Oklahoma State handed the ball off to Chuba Hubbard, who rushed for 145 yards and a score. Missouri’s Rountree topped him with 204 rushing yards.
The win marked the third consecutive season ending with a bowl victory for Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are now 9-4 in bowl games under Gundy since he was named the head coach of the program. Oklahoma State also avoided a losing season for the first time since 2005, Gundy’s first season as head coach in Stillwater.
Although the season ends with a second straight bowl loss, the Tigers took another step forward this season by improving its win total from the previous year. Barry Odom‘s third year on the job continued to show some signs of progress for the program as they move into 2019 looking to getting back to a level where it can be a factor in the SEC East. The Tigers are a good way away from their back-to-back SEC East Division runs under former head coach Gary Pinkel at a time when the rest of the division has and could continue to improve as well, but the offense continues to offer a glimmer of hope in Columbia.