Cowboys outgun potent Red Raiders

Updated: October 19, 2003, 3:57 PM ET

STILLWATER, Okla. -- In the end, the Cowboys didn't stop Texas Tech and B.J. Symons. They outgunned them.

Oklahoma State amassed 673 yards in beating the Red Raiders Saturday 51-49 -- the most yards in a game since 1998.

At the same time, Texas Tech churned up 661 yards and 28 fourth-quarter points to make the sellout crowd at homecoming more than a little nervous.

"It was one heck of a game," Cowboys guard Sam Mayes said in the understatement of the season. "You have to give all the credit to Texas Tech for being down and being able to come back up."

It took safety Jon Holland's interception with 1:05 left to seal the victory, which made the Cowboys (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) eligible for a bowl for the second straight year.

"I knew it was going to come down to the last play of the game," Holland said. "I just read the quarterback and I had to go up and get it."

The win moved the Cowboys up five spots in the AP poll to No. 18.

Oklahoma State led 48-21 coming into the fourth quarter, having scored on its first eight possessions. Texas Tech, the nation's highest scoring team, finally got it going in the last period.

"I don't really feel they were doing anything defensively early on," Symons said. "I think it just took us some time to settle down and get into our rhythm."

Symons finished with 552 passing yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for a score, but the other of his two interceptions -- by Jamar Ransom -- led to a Luke Phillips' field goal just before half.

Taurean Henderson made minced meat out of the Cowboys defense, too. He finished with 123 yards rushing on nine carries including a 46-yard TD sprint in the fourth quarter.

"I think everyone knew the style of game that we would be in, that if we were fortunate to be up by 21 or down by 21 that the score was really 0-0," Cowboys coach Les Miles said.

Naturally the Cowboys offensive players racked up gaudy numbers, too.

Tatum Bell burst through the Red Raiders line in the second quarter for a 95-yard TD, the third longest in team history. He also had a 48-yard score while gaining a career-best 238 yards.

"I think our scheme is good," Bell said. "I know you are not going to break every play but those 1- and 2-yard gains are OK. I know that I will get my chance to break one."

Josh Fields continued moving up the Cowboys' career passing yards ladder, moving into second place with 5,004 yards. He completed 18 of 29 passes for 320 yards and a TD.

Rashaun Woods extended his streak of straight games with at least two catches to 38. He caught six passes for 147 yards. Seymore Shaw got into the act with 74 yards on six carries and a 53-yard TD run.

"The truth of the matter is that they (the players) made plays when they had to and made them in all three areas," Miles said. "We are fortunate to win."

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