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OSU's Bell rushes for 2nd 1,000-yd. season

10/26/2003

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Oklahoma State roughed up Texas
A&M before turning its attention to top-ranked Oklahoma.

Tatum Bell ran for 196 yards and three touchdowns and became the
third player in Oklahoma State history to have back-to-back
1,000-yard rushing seasons, leading the Cowboys (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 18 AP) to a 38-10
victory over Texas A&M on Saturday.

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."