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LD Brown Shines against K-State Despite Limited Practice Time

Brown fought through injury for a career day.



[Photo via Kevin McCarty/Kansas State]

In his postgame news conference, Mike Gundy joked that he had to practice at running back last week with Chuba Hubbard and LD Brown having to sit out most of the week nursing injuries.

News started leaking out before Oklahoma State’s 20-18 victory against Kansas State that Brown wouldn’t play Saturday. But Hubbard seemed the more injured of OSU’s backfield, and luckily for the Pokes, Brown was able to push through his injury and lack of preparation during the week.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say [the pain] was about a four or five,” Brown said. “During the game it was just hard to cut. It got better. The adrenaline, it kept me going.”

OSU’s offense was as flat as a western Oklahoma crop field in the first half, something that can be credited, in part, to limited practice time. Eventually the Cowboys were able to adjust to the speed of the game, and Brown was a big part in that.

On only 15 carries, Brown toughed out 110 yards of the Cowboys’ 256 yards of total offense.

One of OSU’s most impressive offensive plays of the day saw Brown spin away from a tackle at the line of scrimmage and scamper for a 23-yard gain. He got up slowly and had to be subbed out promptly after.

Brown’s yardage total matched a career high. It’s just the third time in his career that he has eclipsed 100 rushing yards, but it’s his second 100-yard performance of the 2020 season.

In a year where a lot has been difficult for OSU, Brown’s emergence and tenacity have been a major bright spot.

“I’m happy,” Brown said. “We got a W, and we’re going into a bye week, body can rest then.”

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