Tahlequah Daily Press

Sports

December 8, 2013

OSU's Roland runs wild in loss to Oklahoma

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.”

Andrew Glover is a sports reporter for the Stillwater NewsPress

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Hooper.jpg Sparking the flame

    Sequoyah High School’s Justin Hooper looking to lead this year

    Last season was Justin’s last chance to play alongside Cody at Sequoyah High School.
    Justin had to battle to win the Indians starting tailback. The coaching staff did not know who was going to be the Indians starting running back coming into fall practice.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • NSU-fishing-team.jpg NSU teams compete in fishing tournament

    Three teams from Northeastern State University’s Bass Fishing Team competed in the Fishing League Worldwide College Fishing Tournament on Grand Lake in Grove on Saturday, June 21.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Johnson, East win easily at All-State

    Jake Johnson was able to hold off Lawton MacArthur’s Trent Meisel at the Class 5A state tournament in May. On Monday at the All-State tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Club, Johnson had it much easier against Meisel.

    July 29, 2014

  • McMillan-blackboard.jpg Hometown brothers team up for RiverHawks football

    Northeastern State’s football program will include a pair of hometown brothers for the 2014 season.
    Mason McMillan returns for his sophomore season, and this year he will be reunited with his younger brother, Kourtland. The brothers graduated from Tahlequah High School – Mason in 2013, followed by Kourtland in 2014. At Tahlequah, Mason and Kourtland shared the gridiron for one season.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Yurcich ready for second season

    With the 2014 season on the brink, Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State University football offensive coordinator, is ready for his second year at the helm after coaching a powerful offensive squad a year ago.

    July 28, 2014

  • James_Ethan-(12)-vs.#2CC63C.jpg Back on the line

    RiverHawks’ Ethan James returns to the line healthy and ready for 2014

    RiverHawks offensive lineman Ethan James will enter the 2014 season healthy – something the team, and James, were not in 2013.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners shifting several positions

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • BobBowlsby.jpg Media Week: Change is coming

    Changes are coming to college athletics.
    That was the theme of the state of the conference speech by Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby on the first day of Big 12 Football Media Days.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Peterson.jpg Cowboy quandary: OSU defense trying to replace seven starters

    A year after the best defensive team in the Mike Gundy era, the questions now surround how those few returning starters and second-year defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer can maintain that high level of efficiency.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Press Sports Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Stocks