7:00 PM ET, September 11, 2004
LEWIS FIELD, STILLWATER, OK
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- With Vernand Morency gobbling up yards, Oklahoma State may not need to pass.
Morency rushed for 184 yards, and Donovan Woods threw his first touchdown pass to lead Oklahoma State to a 38-21 win over Tulsa on Saturday night.
"I think we're going to settle in to throwing the football more than we have," Oklahoma State coach Les Miles said. "I think we will improve. I think we will be fine throwing the football."
Woods tossed a 46-yarder to Chijuan Mack and scored twice from the 1-yard line, and Morency added a 6-yard touchdown as the Cowboys (2-0) beat their rivals for the third straight time.
Uril Parrish rushed for 81 yards on 23 carries for Tulsa (0-2), which has not won in Stillwater since 1951 and lost to another Big 12 opponent.
The Golden Hurricane scored on their first possession when James Kilian threw a 6-yard pass to Garrett Mills. The Cowboys' defense shut Tulsa down until the Golden Hurricane managed a pair of late TDs.
As Woods struggled with his passing, Morency was breaking tackles and switching direction throughout the game. He added to the 261 yards he amassed in Oklahoma State's opening win over UCLA.
"He is a great back," Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe said. "He has good vision. He sees the field well and makes good cuts. He runs behind his pads pretty well for a guy that weighs around 210."
Woods, who was 2-for-8 for 25 yards against the Bruins, was 3-for-8 for 70 yards against Tulsa. His long pass to Mack made it 24-7 in the third quarter.
"He can throw the football," Miles said. "There was a dropped ball and a few other things. Besides a few things he was right on the money."
Oklahoma State might not need much production from Woods, a redshirt freshman, if it continues to gain yards on the ground. The Cowboys rushed through Tulsa for 276 yards after gaining 426 against the Bruins.
Darrent Williams returned a punt 59 yards for a score, the third of his career, to give the Cowboys a 38-7 lead with 8:36 remaining. Kilian threw 35 yards to Montiese Culton, and Brandon Diles scored from the 1 to complete the scoring.
Oklahoma State took advantage of great field position, starting three drives in Tulsa territory and frequently pinning the Golden Hurricane inside their 20. The Cowboys also got a field goal off Ashlan Davis' third-quarter fumble.
Woods' 1-yard dive with nine seconds left in the second quarter gave Oklahoma State a 14-7 halftime lead on a drive that started at Tulsa's 48.
Kilian, who was 15-for-28 for 168 yards, hit Garrett Mills on a crossing pattern from the 7 to give the Golden Hurricane a 7-0 lead. Kilian's 33-yard lob to Davis spurred the 70-yard drive.
"I think we're still trying to get our identity as a football team right now," Kilian said. "We cannot rely on last year, but certainly we are farther along."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-16||9-17|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||1-1|
|TD||10:35||GARRETT MILLS 7 YD PASS FROM JAMES KILIAN (BRAD DEVAULT KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||4:52||DONOVAN WOODS 1 YD RUN (JASON RICKS KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||0:09||DONOVAN WOODS 1 YD RUN (JASON RICKS KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 48 yards.
|FG||7:28||JASON RICKS 19 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 26 yards.
|TD||2:37||CHIJUAN MACK 46 YD PASS FROM DONOVAN WOODS (JASON RICKS KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||11:06||VERNAND MORENCY 6 YD RUN (JASON RICKS KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 46 yards.
|TD||8:36||DARRENT WILLIAMS 59 YD PUNT RETURN (JASON RICKS KICK)||7||38|
|TD||6:53||MONTIESE CULTON 35 YD PASS FROM JAMES KILIAN (BRAD DEVAULT KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 52 yards.
|TD||1:52||BRANDON DILES 1 YD RUN (JAROD TRACY KICK)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 75 yards.