"Tailback U" has returned.
"I think the offensive line deserves a lot of credit for some of those yards," said OSU coach Les Miles. "There were some big gaping holes, and some good hard running as well."
Tatum Bell topped his career high with 215 rushing yards on 21 carries and scored a career-tying three touchdowns. He broke one of his scores for 30 yards and another from 16 yards out.
Bell is the first OSU
rusher to eclipse the 200-yard mark since Jamaal Fobbs in 1997 against
"Tatum Bell's 200 yards, he had a big day," Miles said. "He passes Bob Fenimore on the all-time list, which is a very significant name around here."
Bell upped his career rushing total to 2,425 yards, which is eighth on OSU's all-time list.
Several other backs contributed to the high run total as well. Due to OSU's big lead, several backs saw playing time.
Running back Seymore Shaw also came in and had a solid performance. In relief of Bell, mostly in the fourth quarter, Shaw had 71 yards on 13 carries. Most of Shaw's runs helped to chew the clock late in the game.
The same was true for redshirt freshman Vernand Morency. He made his debut for the season at running back and posted 28 yards late in the fourth quarter.
While he only carried the ball three times, he averaged seven yards per carry. Those rushes were the first of his college career, and his first rush from scrimmage went for a touchdown. His third went for a touchdown as well.
"He (Willis) made a couple of nice runs, and we'll see how his blocking was," Miles said. "He's a work in progress. It'll be nice to see him come alive on the season, to be an enforcer, he and Timmy Burrough. We'll have to see."
Some of the rushing success had to do with quarterback Josh Fields keeping the Wyoming secondary honest by attacking them deep on several occasions.
Rashaun Woods caught the majority of those deep passes, finishing with 152 receiving yards.
"There was just better execution," Miles said. "Obviously Wyoming got us on track. We made some big plays early."
The Cowboys have three more confidence-building games ahead against Southwest Missouri State, SMU and Lousiana-Lafayette. OSU is expected to repeat Saturday's performance in each of those games. And with the confidence it should create, the possibilities could be endless for the OSU offense.