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College Football Frenzy: Chuba Hubbard, Cowboys struggle in 2020 debut

Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard pushes past a tackle to score a touchdown against Tulsa’s Lamar Mullins at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., on Sept. 19, 2020.  OSU won 16-7. Brian Bahr/Getty Images
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You’ll remember back in June, Hubbard came out swinging on Twitter against his head coach, Mike Gundy.

“I will not stand for this…,” tweeted the proud running back from Sherwood Park, after a photo circulated of Gundy wearing a T-shirt with the logo of a TV network featuring commentators being disparaging of Black Lives Matter. “I will not be doing anything with Oklahoma State until things CHANGE.”

Gundy immediately sat down and hammered things out with Hubbard and then apologized to Cowboy Nation.

Since then, Oklahoma State has seemingly put its focus on football in trying to become the Big 12 champion and a College Football Playoff hopeful.

Along with such success, it’s hoped that Hubbard can run his way to the Heisman as the most outstanding player in the NCAA — something that hasn’t been accomplished at the school since legendary running back Barry Sanders captured the honour back in 1988.

But living up to last year — when Hubbard led the FBS in rushing with 2,094 yards, including 1,255 after contact, and ripped off an eye-popping 15 carries for 30-plus yards — might prove difficult.

Especially if the OK State offence struggles like it did in Week 3.

The Tulsa defence was able to key on him after sophomore QB Spencer Sanders left early with an ankle injury and never returned.

In fact, if not for a sharp Cowboys defence and a timely third-quarter drive by the offence — which featured rookie QB Shane Illingworth finding dynamic receiver Tylan Wallace on a couple of big pass plays and Hubbard capping it with his only TD of the day — OK State might well have lost this one.



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