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RB gains 143 yards and scores twice

10/11/2003

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma State's most important run
Saturday came from a skinny kid making the first carry of his
career.

Luke Phillips ran 11 yards for a first down on a fake field goal
in the third quarter, helping the Cowboys seize the momentum in
their 38-34 victory over No. 22 Kansas State on Saturday.

"The defense was setting up perfectly, and coach said to go and
get the first down," said Philips, generously listed at 6-foot,
170 pounds. "The coaches have faith in my running."

The loss was the third straight for the Wildcats (4-3, 0-2 Big
12), who were ranked No. 6 last month.

"It's a relatively quiet locker room at this point in time,"
said K-State coach Bill Snyder. "I'd like to think it's a locker
room that recognizes that we're still making the effort to go 15
rounds."

Tatum Bell ran for 143 yards and two touchdowns and Darrent
Williams returned one of his two interceptions for a score as
Oklahoma State (5-1, 1-1) won its fifth straight while avenging
last season's 44-9 loss at Kansas State.

Since a deflating loss at Nebraska in the season-opener, the
Cowboys have rolled past their last five opponents by a combined
score of 236-70. Oklahoma State is off to its best start since
1997.

"This was an important victory for us," said coach Les Miles
after the Cowboys ended a nine-game losing streak to K-State. "It
lays out the rest of the season extremely well."

Bell, benched in the first quarter of last week's win over
Louisiana-Lafayette after a fumble, rebounded in a big way as he
repeatedly found holes in a Kansas State defense that had held 11
of its last 14 opponents under 100 yards rushing.

"We put it all together today and things just turned out
right," said Bell. "I took it personally the way they beat us
last year."

The game turned late in the third quarter on the fake field
goal, With the score tied 21-all, Oklahoma State faced fourth-and-7
from K-State's 31 when Phillips ran 11 yards around the right end.

Three plays later, Josh Fields hit Gabe Lindsay across the
middle for the go-ahead touchdown.

"We felt like we needed seven," said Miles. "You feel the
momentum of the game and you understand that it needs to be a
seven-pointer rather than three. It was a wonderful play and it was
successful."

Ell Roberson's pass was intercepted by Williams on the next
series and, three plays later, Bell scored on a 12-yard run to give
the Cowboys a 35-21 lead.

Phillips added a 50-yard field goal, but the Wildcats still
tried to make a game of it.

Roberson threw two touchdown passes late in the fourth quarter,
but a botched hold on the second extra-point attempt left Kansas
State down by four points.

Oklahoma State recovered the onside kick and ran the clock down
with several runs by Bell.

The loss wasted a career day passing for Roberson, who threw for
332 yards and four touchdowns. He also had three interceptions.

It was one of Roberson's errant throws that Williams took back
63 yards for a score in the second quarter to give Oklahoma State a
14-7 lead. It was the fourth interception return for a touchdown in
Williams' career, setting a Big 12 record.

"We've got some issues as far as turnovers, interceptions,"
said Snyder. "Obviously that was a factor, and it's not always the
quarterback's fault. I think he's better this week than he was last
week, but I still think he's making enough mistakes that he can get
you in trouble."

Kansas State's other offensive threat, tailback Darren Sproles,
ran for 74 yards and caught five passes for 82 yards and a score.

The 5-7 Sproles, whose darting, juking running style calls to
mind Barry Sanders, moved to No. 6 on Kansas State's career
all-purpose list with 214 yards.

Speaking of Sanders, Oklahoma State's Heisman Trophy winner was
honored at halftime for his recent selection to the College
Football Hall of Fame. The orange-clad crowd of 46,087 greeted the
normally reclusive star with a standing ovation as some of his
college highlights played on a video screen.

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