Cowboys Improve to 2-0 With Victory

STILLWATER - Vernand Morency was outstanding for the second week in a row and quarterback Donovan Woods accounted for three touchdowns as Oklahoma State cruised to an easy 38-21 victory Saturday night in front of 47,307 at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Morency ran for 184 yards and one touchdown, Woods scored on a pair of 1-yard quarterback sneaks and threw a 46-yard scoring toss, and the Cowboy defense was outstanding as OSU improved to 2-0 on the season.

"It feels great because it's the first time I started (2-0) in my college career," Cowboy senior Sam Mayes said. "I'm excited and I think we have a great football team. Tulsa is a great football team and they gave us a great fight, and playing teams like Tulsa makes us better."

Tulsa, which opened the season with a 21-3 loss at Kansas a week earlier, scored a touchdown for the first time this season on its first possession of the game. The Hurricane drove 70 yards on the Cowboy defense with quarterback James Kilian connecting with tight end Garrett Mills on a 7-yard touchdown pass not five minutes into the game.

But the OSU defense totally dominated TU the next 45 minutes - allowing the Hurricane only four first downs and 70 yards of total offense on their next 10 possessions midway through the fourth quarter.

By that time OSU had scored 38 consecutive points to put the game away.

The Cowboys got on the scoreboard in the first quarter when Donovan Woods capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive with a 1-yard quarterback sneak.

It stayed that way until the final seconds of the first half when Woods once again scored on a 1-yard sneak.

The Cowboys owned the third quarter, limiting TU to only eight offensive plays. OSU freshman kicker Jason Ricks nailed a 19-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to give the Cowboys a 17-7 lead.

A few minutes later, after another of Tulsa's eight punts on the night, Woods dropped back and found wide receiver Chijuan Mack on a 46-yard scoring toss. It was the first career TD pass for Woods and the first scoring reception of Mack's career.

If there was any doubt what the outcome would be, Morency and All-American candidate Darrent Williams took care of that in the fourth quarter. Morency capped a 46-yard drive by scoring on a 6-yard run.

Williams followed it up with a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown - his first this season and the third of his career. Including five interceptions for touchdowns, Williams now has eight career returns for TDs.

TU added two late scores but the Cowboys had control by that tiime.

Defensively, the Cowboys were led by free safety Jon Holland (7 tackles), cornerback Darrent Williams (7 tackles, one forced fumble), strong safety Vernon Grant (6 tackles) and linebacker Lawrence Pinson (6 tackles).

The Cowboys return to Boone Pickens Stadium to play host to SMU next Saturday.

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