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Oklahoma State 48, Wyoming 24

9/7/2003

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Last week, Les Miles was so upset at
Tatum Bell that he couldn't even mention his name without wincing.

Saturday night, Miles was all smiles talking about his star
tailback.

Bell ran for a career-high 215 yards and three touchdowns on 21
carries and fullback Shawn Willis added two more scores, leading
Oklahoma State to a 48-24 win over Wyoming.

"Tatum Bell had a big day," Miles said. "I think the
offensive line deserves a lot of the credit for some of those
yards. They provided some big, gaping holes, but there was some
good, hard running as well."

Bell was especially eager to play this week, hoping to make
amends for his game-turning fumble in Oklahoma State's 17-7 loss at
Nebraska last week. He lost a fumble in the third quarter that was
scooped up by Nebraska linebacker Barrett Rudd and returned 15
yards for a touchdown, giving the Cornhuskers a 10-7 lead.

The play upset Miles so much that he was still seething a few
days after the game. Bell said he tried to not let that affect him.

"I just played calm and let the game come to me," Bell said.
"We tried to establish the run throughout the game, which we
really couldn't do last week."

Still, Oklahoma State came out flat in this game, not surprising
after dropping out of last week's AP Top 25 and falling behind a
game in the race for the Big 12 title.

But Oklahoma State's offense came alive following Gabe Lindsay's
highlight reel-worthy 55-yard punt return for a touchdown near the
end of the first quarter.

Lindsay fielded the ball at his 45-yard line, took off down the
right sideline and cut back all the way across the field to avoid a
cluster of defenders. He shook loose Wyoming punter Luke Donovan
with one last cut at the 6-yard line before stumbling into the end
zone.

It was Oklahoma State's first punt return for a touchdown since
2000, when Lindsay did it against Texas A&M.

"Last game we didn't really do too well on the punt return
side," Lindsay said. "We wanted to come out and win the special
teams battle and that's what we did."

From there, Oklahoma State put together consecutive scoring
drives of 92, 98, 48, 86 and 76 yards, making the score 41-7 late
in the third. The scoring only stopped when the Cowboys sat down
Bell, quarterback Josh Fields and receiver Rashaun Woods.

"They all did what they were supposed to do," first-year
Wyoming coach Joe Glenn said, "and they were a little bit too much
for us to be honest with you."

Oklahoma State's 594 yards of offense was the most since the
Cowboys had 605 in a win over Southwestern Louisiana in 1998.

Woods finished with eight receptions for 152 yards. On his
fourth catch of the game, Woods moved past Hart Lee Dykes to become
Oklahoma State's all-time leader in receiving yardage.

The orange-clad crowd of 44,158 stood up and cheered loudly when
it was announced that Woods broke the mark.

Meanwhile, Wyoming (1-1) couldn't get much of anything going on
offense when the game was still competitive.

Casey Bramlet, who threw for nearly 3,330 yards last season,
misfired on his first six pass attempts and 12 of his first 14. He
was sacked five times -- three were by Oklahoma State defensive end
Greg Richmond -- which is actually down from six the week before
against I-AA Montana State.

He finished 17-of-38 for 306 yards and three touchdowns, two to
Malcolm Floyd.

"They brought it, they brought everything," Bramlet said. "We
didn't pick the blitz up and we got out of sync in the first half.
They brought the blitz and we didn't handle it well."

Floyd caught six passes for 116 yards and Jovon Bouknight had
five receptions for 115 yards and the other score.

The game was the season opener at newly renamed Boone Pickens
Stadium, which underwent a name change to honor the Texas oil
tycoon's $70 million pledge to his alma mater. At halftime,
hundreds of balloons were released and a few fireworks were set off
to celebrate the occasion. Pickens watched on from midfield with
his wife and several school officials.

Oklahoma State's stadium had been called Lewis Field since 1914
after the school's former dean of veterinary medicine and of
science and literature.

The Cowboys, the ones from Stillwater, have now won nine
straight home openers and 29 of the past 35.

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