Cowboys' running game corrals Buffaloes

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Vernand Morency took off left on Oklahoma
State's third play and followed a group of blockers all the way to
the end zone.

It couldn't have worked out much better for the Cowboys.

Morency's hard-nosed running led to two touchdowns and cleared
the way for Donovan Woods to throw for three more scores, lifting
Oklahoma State (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) to a 42-14 victory over Colorado on Saturday.

"We wanted to start fast," Morency said. "We knew there was
going to be a loud environment. We had to calm down the crowd."

They did just that.

Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) established its powerful
running game early, blowing the Buffaloes back on Morency's 58-yard
touchdown run on its third play. Morency added a 6-yard touchdown
run in the second quarter and finished with 165 yards, his seventh
straight regular-season game with at least 100 yards.

The dominance up front opened up Oklahoma State's passing game.

Woods bounced back from a bad interception in the first quarter
-- just the second turnover in five games for the Cowboys -- with a
58-yard touchdown pass to Prentiss Elliott on the final play of the
first half.

Woods also had a 20-yard touchdown pass to Luke Frazier to put
the Cowboys up 28-0 in the third quarter, and added a 53-yarder in
the fourth when no one covered D'Juan Woods on a third down. Woods
finished 8-for-11 for 193 yards -- 36 less than he had the three
previous games.

"This is a confident team. We'll play that way for a while,"
Oklahoma State coach Les Miles said. "We are in a very healthy
state of mind."

Lawrence Vickers had 168 total yards -- 72 rushing, 96 receiving
-- and scored on a 6-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter
for Colorado. He just didn't get much help.

The Buffaloes (3-2, 0-2) finished with 445 total yards and got a
late touchdown catch by Dusty Sprague, but failed on four other
trips inside Oklahoma State's 30. Colorado, 0-2 in conference for
just the seventh time since 1948, also was 1-for-4 on fourth-down
attempts had two key mistakes in the second quarter that kept the
game from staying close.

"That was an embarrassing performance by our team, the players
and the coaches," Colorado coach Gary Barnett said. "Oklahoma
State did a nice job of taking advantage of every mistake we

The first big one came midway through the second quarter, when
freshman Hugh Charles ran into punt returner Stephone Robinson, who
was trying to make a fair catch. The ball hit Charles' foot after
the two collided and Oklahoma State's Vernon Grant recovered at
Colorado's 11, setting up Morency's 5-yard touchdown run.

The next mistake came when the Buffaloes were caught offguard at
a time when they shouldn't have been surprised.

At its 42 with the final seconds ticking off, Oklahoma State
came out in a normal formation instead of loading a bunch of
receivers on one side for a final desperation play. Colorado took
the bait and left Elliott with one-on-one coverage up the middle.

Big mistake.

Elliott slipped behind Lorenzo Sims on a post pattern, caught
the ball at the 5-yard line when the Colorado defender fell, then
staggered into the end zone for a 58-yard touchdown as time expired
to put Oklahoma State up 21-0.

"Didn't really have a good feeling going in (to halftime),"
Barnett said. "We felt like we were beating ourselves out there."

Oklahoma State's defense had something to do with it, allowing
plenty of yards but not many points.

Mason Crosby hooked a 52-yard field goal wide left on the
Buffaloes' first drive and two more drives ended inside Oklahoma
State's 20 on failed fourth-down attempts. Colorado also reached
the 10 to start the third quarter, only to have that drive end when
Paul Duren dived in front of Joe Klopfenstein to intercept James
Cox's pass at the 5.

Duren also returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown
late in the fourth quarter.

"We don't give up until the drive is over," Oklahoma State
linebacker Lawrence Pinson said.

Cox was 15-for-21 for 175 yards and two touchdowns after
replacing Joel Klatt in the second half. Klatt sat out with a stiff
neck after being hit in the head late in the second quarter.


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