Cowboys Go Unbeaten in Nonconference Action

STILLWATER – Les Miles got exactly what he wanted Saturday night when his Oklahoma State Cowboys hosted SMU at Boone Pickens Stadium.

The OSU head coach hoped he would get a chance to let redshirt freshman quarterback Donovan Woods open up the offense for the first time this season. Miles certainly got that opportunity as the Cowboys whipped the overmatched Mustangs 59-7 in front of 46,073 at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Woods had completed just five passes in the Cowboys' first two games of the season. He didn't get a chance to air it out as much as he probably would have wished but did account for three touchdowns – including a 14-yard scoring pass to his brother D'Juan Woods – in the victory.

The redshirt freshman out of Millwood High School in Oklahoma City also ran for a touchdown and combined with true freshman Prentiss Elliott on a 43-yard scoring pass. He finished the night 6-of-11 passing for 99 yards after being pulled early in the third quarter with the Cowboys leading 45-0.

Oklahoma State, now 3-0 for the first time since 1997, dominated every phase against the Mustangs (0-3). Offensively, the Cowboys were led by Donovan Woods and Vernand Morency, who rushed for more than 100 yards for the third consecutive game this season. Morency finished with 116 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries (and now has 561 rushing yards through three games). D'Juan Woods added four catches for 42 yards and two touchdowns.

The OSU defense also was outstanding, causing five turnovers (three fumbles and two interceptions), in the winning effort. And the Cowboys' special teams couldn't have been much better with punt returner Darrent Williams (five returns for 162 yards) setting up the offense with excellent field position all night long.

The Cowboys scored on their second possession of the game on a short 38-yard drive which was set up by Vernon Grant's interception of SMU quarterback Chris Phillips' pass. Morency gained 37 yards on four carries to set up Donovan Woods' 1-yard quarterback sneak.

OSU only had to go 34 yards on its next possession following a punt return of 24 yards by Williams. Fullback Shawn Willis capped the drive off with a 1-yard scoring plunge midway through the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter Morency popped outside on a fourth-and-two play from the Mustangs' 16 and raced untouched for the Cowboys' third touchdown of the game. That's the way it stayed until Jason Ricks kicked a 38-yard field goal with 1:24 remaining in the first half. Williams' 53-yard return of a fumble by SMU receiver Matt Rushbrook (on a hit by Grant) set up Ricks' field goal.

But the Cowboys weren't finished. Backup quarterback Al Pena came on in the final minute of the first half to lead the Cowboys on a 47-yard scoring drive. Pena, seeing action for the first time since transferring to OSU from Georgia Tech, connected with tailback Greg Jones for a 12-yard gain. On the next play he connected with Luke Frazier for a 34-yard gain down to the 1-yard-line, where Jones punched it over with 34 seconds left on the clock.

Donovan Woods played only the first two series of the second half but led the Cowboys to a pair of touchdowns. He connected with D'Juan Woods on a 14-yard scoring pass to finish off the Cowboys' six-play, 64-yard drive to open the second half. Minutes later, after a Williams return of 35 yards gave the Cowboys the ball on the SMU 43, Donovan Woods dropped back and connected with Prentiss Elliott on a post pattern for a 43-yard touchdown to put OSU up 45-0 with 10:15 left in the third quarter.

Pena, who finished 4-of-4 passing for 67 yards, quarterbacked the rest of the way. He directed two other scoring drives, throwing a 17-yard touchdown pass to D'Juan Woods and leading a 65-yard drive which culminated with redshirt freshman Calvin Roberts' 4-yard TD run.

Roberts only played the fourth quarter but finished with 76 rushing yards on nine carries. Greg Gold ran for 63 yards on 10 attempts.

Defensively, the Cowboys were led by Grant (an interception and a forced fumble), Robert Jones (fumble recovery), Darrent Williams (fumble recovery), Stephen James (fumble recovery) and Andre Alexander (interception). Paul Duren led the team with six tackles, including a quarterback sack.

The Cowboys have a week off before returning to action on Oct. 2 in the Big 12 Conference opener against Iowa State at Boone Pickens Stadium. Iowa State (2-1) defeated Northern Illinois 48-41 on Saturday.

SMU.........................0 0 7 0 -- 7
Oklahoma State.....14 17 21 7 -- 59
OSU---Donovan Woods 1 run (Jason Ricks kick)
OSU---Shawn Willis 1 run (Ricks kick)
OSU---Vernand Morency 16 run (Ricks kick)
OSU---Ricks 38 field goal
OSU---Greg Jones 1 run (Ricks kick)
OSU---D'Juan Woods 14 pass from Donovan Woods (Ricks kick)
OSU---Prentiss Elliott 43 pass from Donovan Woods (Ricks kick)
OSU---D'Juan Woods 17 pass from Al Pena (Ricks kick)
SMU---Jerad Romo 59 run (Chris McMurtray kick)
OSU---Calvin Roberts 4 run (Luke Roberts kick)

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