October 1, 2012

Randle ripped the UT defense, but the approach was simple

Joseph Randle's statement has been made.

Texas came into Stillwater sporting one of the best defensive units in the nation according to many pundits.

Some of that acclaim was brought on by their defensive ends, Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat. The pair has been dominant at times and look to be NFL Draft locks.

Lining up across from that defense was Randle, backup Jeremy Smith, and an offensive line that was thought to be good, but not great. Smith went down with an injury before the half and left Randle largely by himself.

Randle exploded for two touchdowns on 199 yards, his fourth-straight game of eclipsing the 100-yard mark, and showed college football why he's one of the top running backs in the nation.

"I thought Joe ran as hard as he's run since I've been here," offensive coordinator Todd Monken/db] said. "I thought he was a man tonight. He hasn't put the ball on the deck for two straight games, and that's a huge part of what we do."

On those zone-reads, Walsh receives the snap and begins handing off while reading the defensive end to the opposite side. If the end follows Randle inside, Walsh pulls the handoff and has an easy edge to clear since that defensive end is gone. If the end sits and respects the edge, which is what Texas did most of the night, Walsh gives it to Randle, who already has the offensive line opening a hole for him between the center and tackle.

The Longhorns couldn't stop it, and it was evident early in the game when Randle broke the second play of the game for a 69-yard touchdown run.

On that play (the first in the video above) the offensive line sealed off a hole on the left side while receiver Josh Stewart cut off the outside backer. This left Randle alone with a smaller second-level defender, and the rest is history.

"If they put me one-on-one with that safety I'm supposed to make him miss," Randle said. "I shouldn't get tackled one-on-one. That's my job, to try and make a bigger play."

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