STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State's top two running backs were out with injuries. Dezmon Jackson played, and that was enough for the Cowboys.
Jackson rushed for career highs of 235 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 21 Oklahoma State beat Texas Tech 50-44 on Saturday.
Jackson had 36 carries, in part, because Chuba Hubbard and LD Brown did not play. The junior said he couldn't remember getting that many carries in any level of football.
“All week in practice, I was just running so hard just to get myself in shape with this being my first start,” he said. “Practice — it translates to the field. I wasn’t really tired today.”
Jackson said he knew early in the week that he would start.
“My roommates told me that I had been acting different because they just saw how focused I was all week," he said. "Last night, I couldn’t even sleep because I was so ready to play.”
Hubbard was out with a right ankle injury. The redshirt junior was introduced with the seniors on Senior Day. He walked onto the field during a pregame ceremony wearing his jersey without pads and a medical boot on the injured leg. Brown also has been fighting through injuries.
Still, the Cowboys ran for a season-high 317 yards, bouncing back nicely from a disappointing loss to rival Oklahoma.