Cowboys Roll Buffs

Oklahoma State used several big plays en route to an impressive 42-14 victory over Colorado for its first win in Boulder since 1988.

The big plays came from a variety of players – including tailback Vernand Morency, quarterback Donovan Woods, freshman receiver Prentiss Elliott and linebacker Paul Duran – as the 21st-ranked Cowboys improved to 5-0, the best start since the ‘97 squad began 6-0.

** Morency scored on just the Cowboys' third offensive play of the game, taking a handoff and going 58 yards to give OSU a 7-0 lead just four minutes after the opening kickoff. The 5-foot-10, 215-pound tailback finished with 165 yards and two touchdowns – the seventh straight regular-season game in which he surpassed 100 yards.

** Woods completed 8-of-11 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns.

** Elliott caught just two passes, but his 58-yard touchdown reception on the final play of the first half gave OSU a 21-0 lead, and demoralized the Buffs as they went in at halftime.

** Duren, who leads the team in tackles, did more than wrap up the Buffalo runners Saturday, intercepting two passes. He returned the second interception 33 yards for the Cowboys' final touchdown.

"We came out and wanted to play physical, and we got that done," said Morency, who has now run for 869 yards and eight touchdowns this season. "I would not trade in these guys (on the offensive line) for the world. These guys come out here every day and lay it on the ground. They're going to give me everything they've got, and I'm going to give them everything I've got."

Morency's 58-yard touchdown run gave the Cowboys a 7-0 lead early in the game, and that's how it stayed until midway through the second quarter.

OSU punter Cole Farden's punt hit a Colorado blocker in the foot and bounced away where Vernon Grant recovered on the Buffs 10-yard line. After a 5-yard offsides penalty on Colorado, Morency went up the middle for the 5-yard TD to make it 14-0.

But Colorado tried to get back in the game on the ensuring possession, driving from its own 20 to the OSU 13. But with just a little more than a minute left in the first half, CU head coach Gary Barnett elected not to kick a short field goal and went for it on 4th-and-3 from the 13. The OSU defense stopped Bobby Purify a yard short of the first down.

And it appeared would run out the clock. But Morency and fullback Shawn Willis had other ideas. Morency went for 4 yards, the Buffs were penalized 5 yards, Willis went up the middle for 13 and Morency ran for another 9. With just 11 seconds left in the half and the football resting on the Cowboy 42, OSU went for broke on the next play. Donovan Woods threw deep to Elliott, who made the catch and jumped into the end zone as time expired in the first half.

"Donovan threw a great pass," Elliott said. "We work all week on coming back and getting the ball, and fortunately I was able to make the catch."

Duran made the first of his two interceptions after Colorado drove 72 yards on its first possession of the second half. As a matter of fact, it appeared the Buffaloes had pulled within 21-7 on a 13-yard scoring pass from James Cox to Evan Judge. But the touchdown was nullified because of a holding penalty on the play.

On the next play, Duren made a diving interception of Cox's pass to give the Cowboys the ball on their own 5 – 13 plays and 95 yards later OSU was ahead 28-0.

Although Morency did most of the work on the drive – carrying six times for 27 yards – it was the arm of Donovan Woods that made the big plays. Woods found tight end Billy Bajema for 38 yards on a 3rd-and-13 play for the OSU 25. But the biggest play was a 21-yard touchdown pass to former walk-on Luke Frazier, who caught his first career scoring pass.

Woods connected with his brother D'Juan on a touchdown pass for the second week in a row in the fourth quarter, and Duren wrapped up the scoring with his second interception, returning it for a touchdown late in the game.

Colorado added two fourth quarter scores. Lawrence Vickers scored on a 6-yard run and Dusty Sprague caught a 21-yard TD pass from Cox.

Oklahoma State.......7 14 7 14 -- 42
Colorado.................0 0 0 14 -- 14

OSU--Vernand Morency 58 run (Jason Ricks kick) (3 plays, 65 yards)
OSU--Morency 5 run (Ricks kick) (1 play, 10 yards)
OSU--Prentiss Elliott 58 pass from Donovan Woods (Ricks kick) (4 plays, 89 yards)
OSU--Luke Frazier 21 pass from Donovan Woods (Ricks kick) (13 plays, 95 yards)
CU---Lawrence Vickers 6 run (Mason Crosby kick) (9 plays, 57 yards)
OSU--D'Juan Woods 53 pass from Donovan Woods (Ricks kick) (6 plays, 84 yards)
CU---Dusty Sprague 21 pass from James Cox (Crosby kick) (7 plays, 80 yards)
OSU--Paul Duren 33 pass interception return (Ricks kick)

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