Ward and Woods vow to boost Beavers' running game

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Associated Press

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State running backs Storm Woods and Terron Ward don't shy away from bold predictions.

Woods says they're going for 1,000 yards rushing apiece. If they indeed both get there, they would be the first duo in Oregon State history to each reach the mark in a single season.

Last season the spotlight for the Beavers fell on receivers Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks, who contributed more than 2,600 yards in total offense and 18 touchdowns to a team that surprised the league and finished 9-4. Rather uncharacteristically, Oregon State averaged just more than 124 yards on the ground last season, 10th in the Pac-12.

Woods was Oregon State's workhouse, with 192 carries for 940 yards and 13 touchdowns. Ward finished with 415 yards rushing and six TDs.

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