Rennie Childs Gives Running Game A Spark

Rennie Childs

STILLWATER, Okla. -- The Oklahoma State Cowboys running game continued to struggle Saturday, which wasn't completely surprising since TCU's run defense is among the best in the Big 12. Freshman Rennie Childs made his debut on Saturday when was inserted into the game midway through the third quarter, and provided a spark that was missing.

The 5-10, 180-pounder gained just one yard on his first carry as a Cowboy. But he gave OSU fans a thrill on the very next play, going in motion and then catching a pass from quarterback Clint Chelf out in the flat before racing 34 yards in front of the OSU bench.

Childs would gain nine yards a couple of plays later but came out of the game when senior Jeremy Smith re-entered. But Smith fumbled and TCU recovered on the very next play.

Childs finished as the team's leading rusher with 45 yards on nine carries. Walsh (19 yards on five carries), Smith (14 yards on 12 carries), and Desmond Roland (11 yards on three attempts) were not even close.

"Rennie has been close to playing the last few weeks. We felt like he was mature enough in the last game and it never really work out that we got him in. But he's been productive in practice and showing some maturity. But it's not just running the ball. He also has to understand the offense, protect, and be successful in those other areas. But we felt like it was time today," said Gundy.

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