REMEMBER WHEN...Josh Fields topped Gundy's records

LAWRENCE, Kan. — In one afternoon Cowboy quarterback Josh Fields rewrote a good portion of the passing chapter of the Oklahoma State record book-setting three Cowboy records. Two of the three records he broke in the 55-20 victory over Kansas slid his name above that of his quarterback coach and Cowboy offensive coordinator Mike Gundy.

It was Gundy upstairs in the press box at Kansas Memorial Stadium calling the plays and looking down while Fields executed the instructions with precision skill to top some of his coach's old marks.

Gundy wasn't at all upset about losing top billing on the records as he winked and smiled about the results as he made his way to the elevator to celebrate with the team in the locker room. The two records of Gundy's that Field's arm put an eraser to were most yards passing in a single season and most touchdowns passes in a single season.

Fields wasted no time as the Cowboys moved down the field on their first possession and the sophomore quarterback finished the opening drive by finding Rashaun Woods down the right sideline for a 27-yard touchdown. Kansas came back to tie the game later in the first period.

Fields and Woods didn't take long to give the Cowboys the lead for good as Woods streaked down the right sideline, separating from the defender, with Fields hitting him in stride. Woods cut back to the middle and outran the pursuing Jayhawks to complete a 69-yard touchdown play. It was the longest Cowboys' pass play of the season and the longest for both Fields and Woods in their O-State careers.

"They (Kansas) had a tough time defending Rashaun all day," said Fields, first giving the credit to his target. "They had to stack up on him, then John Lewis had the chance to get in there and Tatum Bell as well. We had a very good day. We've gotten to where we know each other pretty well, Rashaun and myself, and I have no reservation throwing it up to him on a long pass and knowing that he'll go up and get it. On that play they blitzed and I knew I had to get it up to him so he could make the play."

The third connection between Fields and the best receiver in the Big 12 came early in the second quarter and it may have been Field's best throw of the day. He dropped the ball in like a smart bomb to Woods on the fade route to put the Cowboys up 20-7. "That is something we pride ourselves on, throwing the fade," said Fields of the team's signature route. "We work on it a lot in practice and that is why we complete so many of them in the games."

"That was a perfect throw by Josh, maybe one of the best throws I've ever caught from him," said Woods. "When he is putting them on the money like that then he is impossible to stop."

Woods accomplishments were impressive as well as he topped his own career mark in season receiving yards with 1,171 and is just 107 yards shy of Hart Lee Dykes' OSU record of 1,278. The Oklahoma City Millwood product extended a pair of streaks as he has caught at least two passes in 28 straight games and at least four receptions in 21 consecutive games. He also became just the second player in Big 12 history to top 2,500 yards receiving in a career (a milestone Missouri senior Justin Gage beat him to by a week). Woods will be able to crush the all-time total next year as a senior and become the all-time leading receiver in Big 12 history by a large margin. Still, Woods remains so team oriented and doesn't appear the slightest bit concerned with individual accomplishments.

"The coaches did a great job of putting us in good situations and we took advantage of it," Woods said in accepting compliments after the game.

"Rashaun Woods was phenomenal," said head coach Les Miles. "There were some sets that they (Kansas) could not cover. Josh Fields got Rashaun the ball and we had a really good day offensively."

Coincidentally, Fields came close to another Gundy record; most yards passing in a game (which Gundy held set with a 429-yard passing day against Kansas back in 1989). Fields was far from through on his way to a 354-yard passing afternoon, third highest in Cowboy annals. Hitting on 17-of-27 passes, Fields next connected with John Lewis on a one-play, 35-yard drive set up by a 33-yard Gabe Lindsay punt return.

The six touchdown passes by Fields, which broke the old record of four held jointly by Bob Fenimore (vs. Tulsa in 1944) and Tony Pounds (vs. Nebraska in 1970), finished with a pair of misdirection passes that featured tailback Tatum Bell.

Just before the half, Fields hit Bell in the right flat and thanks to an outstanding block by Woods on KU's Remuise Johnson, Bell went the 13 yards virtually untouched. The play is called "cheetah" and features three wide receivers on one side with Bell drifting out the opposite direction. After a pump fake to the trio of receivers, the backside was practically cleared out. In the second half another misdirection play resulted in Bell being all alone on the left side for a 41-yard touchdown pass.

The first of the connections to Bell broke the old single-season touchdown pass record of 19 set by Gundy in the 1988 Holiday Bowl season. It appears the new version of the record will also come in a bowl season, as the Cowboys are one victory away from becoming bowl eligible.

With 2,235 yards passing this season, Fields is now the all-time leading passer in a single season breaking Gundy's old mark of 2,203 yards. That record, along with the touchdown pass mark, will surely get some added numbers in the next two weeks against Baylor and Oklahoma.

Fields will tell you that none of the records would have fallen without the help of Gundy. Gundy deflects the credit to Fields and his receivers, but it is certain that the current quarterback and his mentor and now current coach have proven that when they get together they create a record-shattering combination.

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