Oklahoma State had several backups and unexpected players not only contribute, but lead the Cowboys to a 56-3 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. Backup running back Vernand Morency and cornerback/ punt returner Darrent Williams contributed the most.
Morency was responsible for the first Cowboy score after a first quarter the team would rather forget. Morency rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown on that drive to put OSU up 7-3. With 1:48 left in the half, Morency punched in another score. He found the field wide open up the middle for 68 untouched yards to push OSU's lead to 21-3.
"It (touchdown) was awesome," Morency said. "The line did a great job. The receivers blocked. You can ask no more from the other 10 guys out there."
Morency rushed for a career-high 189 yards and two touchdowns.
"I feel like I'm a playmaker," Morency said. "Anytime I have the ball in my hands, I feel like I can take it to the house."
Williams had a career night
as well, posting 153 return yards on three Ragin' Cajun punts.
He took two of those to the house on a 78- and 59-yarder.
The two returns are the most by an OSU player dating back to 1959.
"After I got past the first wave, it was just so wide open I saw nothing but field," Williams said. "I saw nothing but end zone, so I knew it was my time to get to the end zone.
"On the second one, it was a wild return. I made a couple of guys miss. And then, again, I didn't see nobody else except my color jersey."
His first return upped the Pokes lead to 28-3 with 17 seconds to go in the second quarter, and his second came with 6:49 to go in the third, pushing the lead to 35-3.
D'Juan Woods caught four passes for 60 yards and his first career touchdown pass.
Several backups, besides Morency, saw time in the second half and played well. Quarterback Jaime Beeghley played most of the second half. He went 2 for 2 with 31 yards and a 1-yard touchdown run. Receiver Kenneth Williams got his first career start in place of OSU's star receiver Rashaun Woods.
Woods missed the first several plays due to a matter that OSU coach Les Miles said was "handled internally."
Williams caught three balls for 40 yards and Woods caught four balls for 40 yards.
Running back Greg Gold had a career-high 67 yards rushing, including a 51-yard run and a 6-yard touchdown. Another running back, Greg Jones, also had a career day, posting four carries for a career-high 30 yards.