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OU leading rusher Seth McGowan won’t play against Texas

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If the freshman from Mesquite can’t play, the Sooners will only have two scholarship running backs available.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma at Iowa State Brian Powers-USA TODAY Sports

According to a report from Bruce Feldman on FOX, the Oklahoma Sooners may not have freshman running back Seth McGowan available on Saturday against the Texas Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl for the Red River Showdown.

Feldman’s report proved correct, as McGowan is not dressed.

The 5’11, 211-pounder is reportedly in concussion protocol following last week’s loss against Iowa State.

After starting running back Kennedy Brooks decided to opt out of the 2020 season, McGowan became the starter as a true freshman and got off to a solid start. In fact, the Mesquite Poteet product is the only Oklahoma player currently over 100 yards on the season with 34 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns. McGowan is also a receiving threat with four catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Outside of McGowan, redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler is the only other Sooners player with a rushing touchdown.

With junior college transfer Rhamondre Stevenson suspended for the game, Oklahoma is down to two scholarship running backs — junior TJ Pledger, who is averaging 3.7 yards per carry, and redshirt freshman Marcus Major, who is averaging 2.8 yards per carry.

Thanks to struggles from the offensive line, the Sooners have had difficulties getting the running game going, so with McGowan unavailable, that could be a significant development in Saturday’s rivalry game.