Another Huge Day For V-Mo

PASADENA, Calif. – The locker room scene had sweaty players tearing off uniforms, but just after being led by the head coach in the fight song, many of the players were pausing to congratulate each other. No. 33 had yet to peel off any of his uniform. Before he did, he went up to each offensive linemen, each tight end, both fullbacks and the wide receivers. He shook their hands, he hugged them and, most of all, he thanked them all for their work.

Because they did work so hard in the Cowboys' 31-20 win at UCLA, Vernand Morency got to do what he does so well – run the football, and he did it on one of the sports' most hallowed venues, the Rose Bowl. The grass was a vibrant green, and Morency covered 261 yards on 29 carries.
"My job today was easy," said a humble Morency. "I give credit to God for blessing us with tremendous talent, and the line was just fighting. We have a young freshman on the line (guard David Koenig) and he is fighting and scratching. We had big Sam Mayes, Billy Bajema, Charlie Johnson, and the rest of the receivers. We had long runs with the receivers blocking way down the field. Everybody just did a great job."
Morency sliced, diced and buried the UCLA defense. He had 11 carries for double digit runs. He has now run for more 200 yards in his last three starting assignements. Morency has proven he can go inside, outside and anywhere in between.
 "There's not one play we can call in the huddle that I don't think we can take to the house because I know those guys in front of me are going to give it their all," added the former pro baseball player and now star tailback.
On the first series of the game the Cowboys started showing their dominant run game. Morency carried for every yard on the drive, and on the sixth play of the possession, quarterback Donovan Woods clearly checked to a Morency run up the middle that went for 22 yards and a touchdown. So how quick did Morency know it was going to be that kind of day?
"The first play," said Morency. "You want me to be honest with you. Our whole game plan was just go ahead and go at them. Our whole mindset was to just get after them."
Vernand was the best, but Greg Jones and Seymore Shaw added 65 and 64 yards, respectively. Morency really didn't need to, but he doesn't mind sharing the spotlight. In fact, he knows he needs to.
"Any great team, you have depth and we have that," he said.
At tailback, it starts, but doesn't end with No. 33.

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