After the Cowboys defeated TCU 36-14 Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium, the up-and-downs continued: Lunt starts, the defense plays great and Quinn Sharp scores more points (17) than the Horned Frog offense.
But among the irregularities of this season, one thing has remained consistent – running back Joseph Randle.
Randle finished with 126 yards on 32 carries against TCU. It’s the sixth time in the last seven games he’s reached at least 100 yards on the ground. That matches his total number of 100-yard games from last season.
But ask Randle what he thinks about his extra carries and yards this season, and he deflects to the 2003 rap ballad that won an Oscar Award for Best Original Song.
“Normally, you just lose yourself like Eminem,” Randle said. “I got some people on my team that love that song. I just lost myself in the game … if you’re worried about stats in the game, then you’re doing the wrong thing.”
Most of the credit for this Cowboys’ victory will be given to the defense, and it’s a deserving honor. As they did against Iowa State last week, they held TCU to one offensive score in the first quarter and shut the Horned Frogs out the rest of the game.
But with a freshman quarterback making his first start since Sept. 15, it was Randle’s job to carry the offense along.
“Our running backs, those are our most experienced guys … you should know what to expect,” Monken said. “It starts with, obviously, Joe.”
Wide receiver Charlie Moore had a big day against the Horned Frogs, scoring the Cowboys’ lone passing touchdown. But he was in awe of what Randle was able to accomplish, and what he has done all season.
“It’s awesome,” Moore said. “When you have a guy like that, it just opens up so much for your offense. When he’s running it, you just let him keep going because he’s been taking over for us. It’s going to help in the long run.”
Randle was a force last season as well, recording 1,248 yards and 24 touchdowns, but this season he’s shown he could topple those numbers.
“I don’t know if this plays a role, but his leadership in the locker room and his intensity these last couple games is something I’ve never seen from him before,” Moore said. “He’s one of the hardest workers out there, but in the locker room before games and at halftime he’s really moving around, vocal, you can tell the intensity is there. He’s hungry.”
Good luck asking Randle about his increased production through midseason this year. As usual, he gave credit to his offensive line.
“I’m just being the same person I’ve always been,” Randle said.