Cowboys run past Bears

STILLWATER - The Oklahoma State Cowboys did what they do best on Saturday. The Cowboys, with the eighth-best rushing attack in Division I, rolled up more than 300 rushing yards – even without tailback Vernand Morency playing – en route to a methodical 49-21 victory over Baylor in front of a crowd of 43,261 at Boone Pickens Stadium.

Morency, the nation's sixth-best rusher averaging 150 yards a game, was held out of the game because of some minor injuries but the Cowboys didn't miss him.

Tailback Seymore Shaw ran for 172 yards on 30 carries – both career highs – and freshman Prentiss Elliott scored twice as the 25th-ranked Cowboys defeated the Bears in the final home game of the 2004 season.

Oklahoma State improved to 7-3 with the victory. The Cowboys finish the regular season by traveling to Texas Tech on Saturday, Nov. 27.

"It's nothing at this point very serious," Cowboys head coach Les Miles said when asked about Morency's injury. "It was just the opportunity to rest him. It's just the wear and tear of the year, no more. I think you can expect him to play at Texas Tech.

"Seymore has been hanging in there. Fortunately, when we've turned to him he's always been ready for us. He's a good player. We're very fortunate to have a tremendous back to turn to…"

The Cowboys wasted little time in showing the Bears that they had forgotten about last week's loss to the Texas Longhorns. On their first possession of the game, OSU went 67 yards in just four plays to take a 7-0 lead. After three consecutive running plays, Donovan Woods dropped back and threw deep to D'Juan Woods for a 53-yard scoring pass.

The Cowboys then began grinding it out. After a missed 47-yard field goal on its second possession, OSU took over on its own 12-yard line after a Baylor punt. Shaw scored on a 15-yard run to cap a drive which lasted 18 plays, covering 88 yards and took 8:55 off the clock.

The score remained 14-0 until the Cowboys' first possession of the second half, when they used seven consecutive running plays – and a Baylor offsides penalty -- to march 46 yards. Shawn Willis capped off the drive with a 2-yard touchdown run – the first of two by the OSU fullback -- to put the Cowboys up 21-0 with 9:41 still left in the third quarter.

Baylor finally scored on a Terrance Parks to Paul Mosley 39-yard pass on the next drive. But the Cowboys needed just four plays – Donovan Woods hit tight end Billy Bajema for 32 yards to the Baylor 19-yard line – to put to rest any Bear comeback thoughts. Donovan Woods kept on a perfectly executed bootleg, walking into the end zone from 13 yards out for the touchdown.

The Bears added a touchdown early in the fourth quarter on Mosley's 5-yard run to pull within 28-14.

The Cowboys put the wraps on it with three touchdowns in the final five minutes of play. Willis scored his second touchdown with just under five minutes left on a 5-yard run up the middle to make it 35-14.

Moments later, Elliott had the Cowboy coaching staff yelling "Oh, no," when he bobbled a Baylor punt near the 35-yard line. But the true freshman from Tulsa picked up the ball, made a couple Bears miss and was off to the races and didn't stop until he was in the end zone 74 yards later.

"The dribble return is not something we put in, although we might have to consider it," Miles said jokingly of Elliott first fumbling the ball and then picking it up. "Prentiss has got tremendous ability, and certainly is capable (of returning it for a touchdown). That did not surprise anybody on our sideline."

Then, just minutes after a Baylor touchdown, the Cowboys took over on the Bears' 39-yard line following a failed onside kick attempt. On the first play, Donovan Woods found Elliott on a 39-yard post route for his second touchdown in the span of two minutes.

The Cowboys finished with 469 yards of total offense (305 rushing and 164 passing), and averaged 6.8 yards per play. Shaw led the way with his 172 rushing yards, but Donovan Woods added 70, Willis contributed 39 and Greg Jones finished with 25.

Donovan Woods was 8-of-15 passing for 164 yards and two touchdowns. D'Juan Woods led all receivers with three catches for 73 yards.

"Considering the ride of the weeks prior to this, this is just what we needed," Miles said. "We're looking forward to the open weekend (next Saturday), and Texas Tech (on Nov. 27).

"I think the off week really sets well for us. I think we need to get healthy. Our guys are really nicked up some, and I think it'll help us do that."

Baylor.....0 0 7 14 - 21
OSU........7 7 14 21 - 49

OSU—D'Juan Woods 53 pass from Donovan Woods (Jason Ricks kick)
OSU---Seymore Shaw 15 run (Ricks kick)
OSU---Shawn Willis 2 run (Ricks kick)
Baylor-Paul Mosley 39 pass from Terrance Parks (Kenny Webb kick)
OSU---Donovan Woods 13 run (Ricks kick)
Baylor-Mosley 5 run (Webb kick)
OSU---Willis 5 run (Ricks kick)
OSU---Prentiss Elliott 74 punt return (Ricks kick)
Baylor-Trent Shelton 55 pass from Parks (Webb kick)
OSU---Elliott 39 pass from Donovan Woods (Ricks kick)

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