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Oklahoma State qualifies for bowl game

11/23/2002

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma State hopes a hot finish and
its high-powered offense will attract a bowl bid.

Josh Fields passed for four touchdowns and rushed for another
Saturday as Oklahoma State qualified for a bowl game by beating
Baylor 63-28. It was the Cowboys' fourth win in their last five
games.

Tatum Bell rushed for 106 yards and three touchdowns on 14
carries as the Cowboys (6-5, 4-3 Big 12) beat the Bears (3-9, 1-7)
in Baylor coach Kevin Steele's final game.

"I think we're going to be an attractive bowl team,'' said
Cowboys coach Les Miles. "We score a lot of points. We represent a
great state and a great conference.''

The Cowboys achieved their first non-losing season and gave
themselves a chance for their first postseason appearance since
1997, when they went to the Alamo Bowl and finished 8-4.

They're not guaranteed a bowl berth because nine Big 12 teams
are eligible for eight conference bids. A victory next weekend over
No. 4 Oklahoma, whom they stunned 16-13 last year, would almost
ensure a bowl.

Rashaun Woods caught 7 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns.
He set new conference and Oklahoma State records for receiving
yards in a season and a new school mark for catches in a year.

"When I chose to come here, coach (Bob) Simmons signed this
class to get us back on top and to a bowl, and that's what we
did,'' Woods said. "We have a different head coach but the same
dream.''

Reggie Newhouse led Baylor with 123 yards and a TD on seven
catches. Rashad Armstrong rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns
on 33 carries for the Bears, who have been outscored 334-58 in the
last seven games.

Steele, who was fired Nov. 3, completes four seasons at Baylor
with a 9-36 record and just one conference victory.

"This has been a very emotional day,'' Steele said. "I
couldn't be more proud of our coaches and players for fighting all
the way through the game.

"I don't know where this will lead. I'm just going to take some
time off and evaluate some things.''

Oklahoma State put Baylor away in the second quarter, scoring 35
points on five drives that each began in Bears territory and
totaled 14 plays. The Cowboys had five scoring drives of less than
one minute.

Baylor scored first on a 12-play, 80-yard drive capped by
Armstrong's 11-yard touchdown run. But the Bears committed eight
penalties and allowed four sacks in the first half.

Oklahoma State led 49-7 at halftime, the most points the Cowboys
have scored in a half since a 56-point second half against Southern
Illinois in 1973. They led 63-7 in the third quarter before Baylor
added late scores.

"Prior to the game, you just don't know how Baylor will play,''
Miles said. "They will either be very emotional or will think
basketball season is starting soon.''

Fields, who was coming off a school-record six-touchdown
performance against Kansas, finished 10-for-14 passing for 243
yards before giving way to Aso Pogi in the third quarter. Fields
threw TD passes of 34, 29, 20 and 12 yards. His 1-yard rushing TD
tied the game at 7-7.

Woods' broke Texas' Kwame Cavil's Big 12 record and Hart Lee
Dykes' team record for yards in a season while surpassing his own
Cowboys' single-season mark for catches. He now has 86 receptions
for 1,305 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Newhouse, already Baylor's career receptions leader and playing
his final game, set new Bears records for catches and receiving
yards in a season with 75 for 1,140 yards.

"I can honestly say that at the beginning of the game, it was
something I was shooting for,'' Newhouse said. "It feels good to
finish off on a good note.''