Miles hopes Bell will keep sounding for Cowboys

After Tatum Bell's three TD performance against the Aggies, the Cowboys running game is back on track.

Les Miles will be praying for rain Saturday when the Cowboys travel to Texas Tech to take on the Red Raiders.


The Oklahoma State football coach has had two Big 12 Conference upsets in the rain against Nebraska and Texas A&M, and the Cowboys (4-4, 2-2 Big 12) have a renewed confidence about going to a bowl game.


"Coach Miles said that the cold and the rain is more our type of weather," said OSU quarterback Josh Fields after the 28-23 win over A&M. "And the past few weeks it has been.
"Any type of weather you win in is your type of weather."
Miles talked about how well the weather worked for OSU on Monday.


"It is interesting," Miles said. "I kinda' like it rainy, drizzly and about 45. It has worked for us the past couple of weeks."


Cowboy offensive lineman Jason Russell had other reasons for enjoying playing in the rain.


"As an offensive line, we're big and fat and we kind of like it when it's a little rainy out there," Russell said. "It's not as hot."


Russell added that Tech (6-4, 3-2) is never an easy place to play.


"I think the last time we were there, our plane didn't start," Russell said. "It started off bad.


"You go there and you walk down this long tunnel, and the fans are heckling you and they are throwing tortillas. I really can't explain it — it is just a weird place to play."


The Cowboys look forward to playing Vernon Grant — who had the winning interception against A&M with a minute left in the game — at the corner position for the rest of the season, said Miles.


"Vernon Grant has always had a lot of confidence," Miles said. "He was just waiting to show us what he already knew.
"He's a very, very good young player."


Grant said his success comes from playing fearlessly, as well as the team starting to come together.


"I just feel that I am not afraid, I am not scared of no one," Grant said. "So I just feel if I go out and play hard — if I can go up against this person and he good — then he'll just better me, and I will become a better player."


Miles also commented on the improved play of tailback Tatum Bell, who rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns against A&M.


"I think he has really gotten better carries," Miles said of Bell. "He carries the ball with more ball securities and has good vision inside, which I don't know that he had a lot of a year ago.


"He is doing the right things with the ball."


Miles also said there is a possibility of injured tailback Seymore Shaw playing Saturday. He said he would know Shaw's status by Thursday.


Miles added that while the Cowboys' hopes of going to a bowl are looking positive, he's still taking it one game at a time, and not counting any team out. Winning two in a row may be a boost for the Cowboys, but Miles said the team can't get caught up in looking ahead.


"You count four," Miles said of the Cowboys' wins. "Until you can count six, you are kinda' grinding your teeth a little bit — you want to make sure you can get to that position. The thing that happens at this point is, you have the ability to count seven and eight.


"I think as you approach each game, this team will become more ambitious with the postseason bowl that, if they are fortunate enough, they might attend.


"We're gonna' go to Lubbock and see if we can count five real quick."


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