3:30 PM ET, October 25, 2003
Kyle Field, COLLEGE STATION, TX
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Oklahoma State roughed up Texas A&M before turning its attention to top-ranked Oklahoma.
Bell now has back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Next up, the No. 1 Sooners, whom the Cowboys have beaten two years in a row.
"We are not going to overlook nobody," Bell said. "We know we have OU coming up. We knew this game was first and we had to approach it like that. We practiced all week for A&M and it showed today. We had to get past this game to set it up for next week."
The Cowboys (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) won their seventh straight game for the first time since 1997. Oklahoma State has upset the Sooners the past two seasons.
"We know we are playing Oklahoma next week and they are the best team in college football, we are told," Cowboys coach Les Miles said. "We have great respect for them. We know them awfully well. They know us awfully well."
The Cowboys also won at Kyle Field for the first time since 1983. The Aggies (3-5, 1-3) are in danger of their first losing season since 1982 in Dennis Franchione's first season at the helm.
"This football team has some goals and ambitions and this game stood in its way," Miles said. "We got the victory and we can look forward to the rest of the season."
Oklahoma State, which won a 51-49 shootout with Texas Tech last week, dealt the Aggies' defense more misery.
"They executed to their strengths," A&M safety Jaxson Appel said. "We knew what they would do coming in and they did it. We just didn't stop them."
Bell, ranked fifth in the nation in rushing coming into the game, had touchdown runs of 40, 1 and 26 yards, giving him 1,081 rushing yards this season. Thurman Thomas and Terry Miller are the only other Cowboys runners to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
Rashaun Woods caught touchdown passes of 21 and 45 yards, his first scores in three games since he set an NCAA record seven touchdown receptions on Sept. 20 against Southern Methodist.
"I don't know how good we can be," Woods said. "The main thing is not to look how good we are but to look how good we can get. It is important for us to go in and watch film and do the things we need to do to get better and better."
Bell popped a 40-yard run on fourth down in the first quarter, eluding a desperation dive by A&M's Brandon Leone at the 5-yard line for a 14-0 Cowboys lead.
The Aggies had a chance to gain momentum in the second quarter when linebacker Scott Stickane stripped the ball from quarterback Josh Fields and recovered the fumble at the Cowboys 27.
On the first play, cornerback Darrent Williams intercepted Reggie McNeal's pass and returned it 27 yards out to the OSU 28. Fields hit Woods with a 34-yard pass over the middle to set up Bell's 1-yard dive and a 21-0 halftime lead.
Woods, ranked third nationally in receiving yards, caught his second TD pass early in the third quarter, completely outdistancing the Aggies secondary and trotting into the end zone for a 45-yard score.
Aggies cornerback Byron Jones was supposed to cover Woods on the play.
"It was a bootleg and I anticipated an out rout and I slipped down and he took up the field," Jones said. "He didn't do anything we didn't know he'd do. He just makes great plays and part of that was us being out of position."
Woods caught four passes for 109 yards and his younger brother D'Juan added six catches for 58 yards.
The Aggies avoided their first shutout at Kyle Field since a 17-0 loss to Cincinnati in 1971 early in the fourth quarter. McNeal hit Terrence Murphy with a 56-yard pass to the 12 before Courtney Lewis ran in from 7 yards.
Todd Pegram kicked a 35-yard field goal with 7:40 left in the game.
Lewis rushed 171 yards on 26 carries for the Aggies.
"I don't think they have believed in their abilities and they are frustrated as they should be," Franchione said. "I told them after the game if they weren't hurting, they shouldn't be here."
|3rd Down Conversions||8-14||5-14|
|4th Down Conversions||2-2||1-2|
|TD||10:44||RASHAUN WOODS 21 YD PASS FROM JOSH FIELDS (LUKE PHILLIPS KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||5:30||TATUM BELL 40 YD RUN (LUKE PHILLIPS KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 64 yards.
|TD||4:12||TATUM BELL 1 YD RUN (LUKE PHILLIPS KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||9:40||RASHAUN WOODS 45 YD PASS FROM JOSH FIELDS (LUKE PHILLIPS KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 91 yards.
|FG||1:27||LUKE PHILLIPS 22 YD FG|
Drive info: 15 plays, 63 yards.
|TD||13:17||COURTNEY LEWIS 7 YD RUN (TODD PEGRAM KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||7:40||TODD PEGRAM 35 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 26 yards.
|TD||1:18||TATUM BELL 26 YD RUN (LUKE PHILLIPS KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 48 yards.