Chuba Hubbard has breakout performance in dominant Oklahoma State win over Kansas

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Chuba Hubbard had a much-anticipated breakout performance on Saturday in Oklahoma State’s 47-7 domination of Kansas.

The Canadian running back finished the contest with 20 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns. He was pulled early in the third quarter due to the lopsided nature of the score.

The Cowboys’ offensive line had its best game of the season, though Hubbard didn’t always need a sizeable hole to gain yardage. His touchdown run late in the first half showed great patience, cutting back late to find daylight.

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Hubbard looked average in season-opening wins over Tulsa and West Virginia, rushing for 194 yards and two scores on 49 carries. His yards-per-carry average (4) fell well short of his mark from last year (6.4) as he struggled to find holes behind his offensive line.

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Quarterback Spencer Sanders should be ready to return from injury following Oklahoma State’s upcoming bye week. Having an experienced, dual-threat passer should help Hubbard’s production by opening rushing lanes and balancing the offensive attack.

Saturday’s game ended early for Calgary native Amen Ogbongbemiga as he collided awkwardly with a teammate in the third quarter. He was motionless on the field momentarily before leaving under his own power.

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The star linebacker has continued to show why he was the Cowboy’s defensive MVP in 2019, recording 22 tackles and a sack through three games. He did not return to the game and his status has not been officially updated as of the publication of this article.

Kansas quarterback Thomas MacVittie missed Saturday’s game with a shoulder injury, which gave junior Miles Kendrick the start. He shared reps with freshman Jalon Daniels, though both struggled to find success.

The Jayhawks registered just four first downs in the opening thirty minutes, going 0-for-8 on third down. The team’s lone score came on a one-yard run by Velton Gardner early in the fourth quarter.

Kansas was forced to field a patchwork secondary due to injuries and it showed. The unit allowed true freshman Sean Illingworth to throw for a career-high 265 yards and three touchdowns, including this bomb to Tylan Wallace against busted coverage.

The Cowboys improved to 3-0 on the season and are the last remaining undefeated team in the Big 12. The team returns to action on October 17 against Baylor (1-1).

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.