A+ For the Cowboys Special Team's Double D's

"One play and out," is the motto for the Cowboy special teams, which after a sluggish first game against UCLA were back to sterling form in Oklahoma State's 38-21 win over Tulsa. The OSU special teams, along with the defense, were responsible for almost an entire night of dominating field position.

Cole Farden with his kickoffs and punts was hugely responsible, but two plays by the Cowboys "D-men" also played out very big. It was an A+ performance for the speedy tandem of Daniel McLemore and Darrent Williams.

McLemore is the fastest of all Cowboys with a 4.16 in the 40-yard dash. He dashed just a little bit beyond that in the second quarter when he chased down a Farden punt and downed it at the Tulsa 2-yard-line. The play was ultimately responsible for the go-ahead touchdown in the game.

"I just felt like I needed to go out and make a big play for my team," said McLemore of big play in the second quarter. "Everybody was fighting and scratching to put points on the board, and I just felt like coach Defo (Joe DeForest) was telling us to go down there and pin them and we could turn the momentum to us. I just went down there and Cole kicked it. It was a good kick and I just dove for it and tipped it back in."

McLemore is also the Cowboys No. 3 cornerback, meaning he is first off the bench to spell either Darrent Williams or Robert Jones. Pound for pound at 5-foot-7, 160 pounds he is one of the strongest players on the team. McLemore's chase and down of the Farden punt led to a three-and-out series for Tulsa and resulted in great field position for the offense at near midfield. The Cowboy offense pounded the ball down to the 1-yard-line where on fourth down Donovan Woods dove over a 14-7 O-State lead. McLemore says his part of it came with a little prayer.

"I was just praying I could get it," said the Cowboys' mighty mite. "I said something to myself as I was going down there and I got there."

Speaking of praying, opponents have to be praying that Darrent Williams doesn't take a punt return the distance against them. Tulsa was not spared. Williams already had returned a punt 24 yards to set up a Cowboy score. Then on the next Tulsa punt in the fourth quarter, Williams took one all the way. He got the corner and then cut it back with some nice blocking to go the distance.

"That's my thing," Williams said of his punt return ability. "I love our scheme. If they give me a little time to catch the ball and get going I think I can always take it all the way back."

During the postgame locker room show on the Cowboy Football Network, Williams had a chance to hear the radio call of his touchdown return.

"I love it, baby," said Williams after hearing Dave Hunziker's call of his return. "That makes it sound better than it really was."

Williams honestly feels he should take a punt back every game. He goes in during the week and studies film of the opposing team's punt coverage unit and then maps out his plan for a special teams game breaker, or back breaker for the other team.

"I take pride in that," said Williams, who also had seven tackles on defense at cornerback. "I can't take coach Defo in the meeting room telling me I got caught and how I couldn't somebody miss. I had to get to the end zone."

He did, again. Williams has now returned three punts for touchdowns and combined with his five interception returns for touchdowns, Williams now has done it eight times. He's not finished, though. He'll be studying again for next week. The only question is when will opponents stop kicking to him and start taking the shorter yardage by punting out of bounds. Williams and the Cowboys are hoping the remaining nine teams on the schedule aren't chicken and are up for the challenge.

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