The Cowboys rushed the ball and ate more than 34 minutes of clock to land them a 51-49 victory.
OSU, ranked No. 5 in scoring offense coming in, out-gained the Red Raiders' 661 yards with 673 of its own.
"On offense we scored pretty regularly, and controlled the ball and the line of scrimmage there for a while," OSU coach Les Miles said.
The Cowboys tallied 352 rushing yards against TTU's lower-tier defense, led by Tatum Bell who rushed for a career-high 238 yards on 28 carries.
feeling pretty confident right now, and I think our scheme is pretty good,"
And he wasted no time in doing so Saturday. On
OSU's first drive,
in the second quarter,
I saw the crease I knew it was going to be a foot race,"
Tech's desire to stop the big pass plays allowed
"They played off of us," Miles said. "Did not want Rashaun Woods to beat them. Figured that they could outscore us and when they did (play off); Tatum Bell hurt 'em and hit home runs. Seymore Shaw got loose a couple of times."
rushed for 74 yards and one touchdown in relief of
Freshman receiver Tommy Devereaux also contributed to the rushing game, taking a reverse 14 yards for his first collegiate touchdown to put OSU up 14-0.
"I think the running game was very effective," Miles said. "Then late in the game, they packed the box and played man, and challenged us to throw it with a small lead late in the game, which is a smart strategy."
But quarterback Josh Fields played confident the entire game, completing
18 passes to nine different receivers for 320 yards and one touchdown. Woods had another solid game, catching six passes for 147 yards, going
over the century mark for the 18th time in his
career. His brother, D'Juan Woods, added three catches for 70 yards, redeeming himself for
dropped passes against Kansas State.
The catalyst for OSU's offense, however, came from the offensive line.
"We did a great job today as an offensive line, moving the ball, pass protecting versus a defense that was very skilled." said lineman Sam Mayes. "We had a really good scheme going on. I'm really proud of the fat guys up front."
The linemen blocked for 81 OSU plays in the nearly 4.5 hour game, forcing some to curb celebration afterward.
"They (Red Raiders) drive 90 yards and comes off the clock," Mayes said. "I'm jumping around, bounding around (after the game), finally I realize that my legs are getting ready to fall off and I stopped doing that."
Cowboys offense now moved to No. 2 in the country behind Texas Tech after the
win, and they will take that recognition on the road to
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