TTU feeds Cowboys <br>a ‘Scooby' snack

Antonio "Scooby" Smith ate up Red Raider QB B.J. Symons during TTU's last-ditch effort to finish off an amazing comeback. Smith had two of the five OSU sacks. Want more highlights? From a game that had more than 1,300 yards of total offense and lasted four hours and 20 minutes, the highlight reel is stacked. Third-down conversions? Interceptions? Runs of 95 yards? Pick your flavor, any flavor -- cause this week we have a whole lot more than just vanilla...

By Matt Palmer

GP Staff Writer


Oklahoma State's offense did just what it needed to do against Texas Tech Saturday.


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.


"I'm feeling pretty confident right now, and I think our scheme is pretty good," Bell said. "One and two-yard gains, that's OK, I get my chance to break em."


And he wasted no time in doing so Saturday. On OSU's first drive, Bell charged 48 yards into the end zone to give the Cowboys a lead they never relinquished.


Then, in the second quarter, Bell sped for the third longest rush in school history, tied for second longest in Big 12 history. He accelerated, nearly untouched through the Red Raider defense for the score, exorcising some demons in the process.


"After I saw the crease I knew it was going to be a foot race," Bell said. "I just kept telling myself, ‘Don't pull a Houston Bowl.'" Last year, Bell broke an 88-yard run against Southern Miss in the Houston Bowl, but was caught from behind before reaching the end zone. The run still sealed the game for OSU.


Texas Tech's desire to stop the big pass plays allowed Bell and others to run the football.


"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."


Shaw rushed for 74 yards and one touchdown in relief of Bell, including a 53-yard touchdown run reminiscent of a run earlier this season against Southwest Missouri State for the same yardage.


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 1:35 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."


The 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 College Station, Texas, Saturday when they play Texas A&M.


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