(22) Oklahoma State 42

(5-0, 2-0 away)

Colorado 14

(3-2, 2-1 home)

Coverage: ABC

3:30 PM ET, October 9, 2004

Folsom Field, Boulder, CO

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#22OKST 7 14 7 1442
COLO 0 0 0 1414

Top Performers

Passing: D. Woods (OKST) - 193 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: V. Morency (OKST) - 27 CAR, 165 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: B. Mackey (COLO) - 6 REC, 129 YDS

Cowboys' running game corrals Buffaloes

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Vernand Morency took off left on Oklahoma State's third play and followed a group of blockers all the way to the end zone.

It couldn't have worked out much better for the Cowboys.

Morency's hard-nosed running led to two touchdowns and cleared the way for Donovan Woods to throw for three more scores, lifting Oklahoma State (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) to a 42-14 victory over Colorado on Saturday.

"We wanted to start fast," Morency said. "We knew there was going to be a loud environment. We had to calm down the crowd."

They did just that.

Oklahoma State (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) established its powerful running game early, blowing the Buffaloes back on Morency's 58-yard touchdown run on its third play. Morency added a 6-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and finished with 165 yards, his seventh straight regular-season game with at least 100 yards.

The dominance up front opened up Oklahoma State's passing game.

Woods bounced back from a bad interception in the first quarter -- just the second turnover in five games for the Cowboys -- with a 58-yard touchdown pass to Prentiss Elliott on the final play of the first half.

Woods also had a 20-yard touchdown pass to Luke Frazier to put the Cowboys up 28-0 in the third quarter, and added a 53-yarder in the fourth when no one covered D'Juan Woods on a third down. Woods finished 8-for-11 for 193 yards -- 36 less than he had the three previous games.

"This is a confident team. We'll play that way for a while," Oklahoma State coach Les Miles said. "We are in a very healthy state of mind."

Lawrence Vickers had 168 total yards -- 72 rushing, 96 receiving -- and scored on a 6-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter for Colorado. He just didn't get much help.

The Buffaloes (3-2, 0-2) finished with 445 total yards and got a late touchdown catch by Dusty Sprague, but failed on four other trips inside Oklahoma State's 30. Colorado, 0-2 in conference for just the seventh time since 1948, also was 1-for-4 on fourth-down attempts had two key mistakes in the second quarter that kept the game from staying close.

"That was an embarrassing performance by our team, the players and the coaches," Colorado coach Gary Barnett said. "Oklahoma State did a nice job of taking advantage of every mistake we made."

The first big one came midway through the second quarter, when freshman Hugh Charles ran into punt returner Stephone Robinson, who was trying to make a fair catch. The ball hit Charles' foot after the two collided and Oklahoma State's Vernon Grant recovered at Colorado's 11, setting up Morency's 5-yard touchdown run.

The next mistake came when the Buffaloes were caught offguard at a time when they shouldn't have been surprised.

At its 42 with the final seconds ticking off, Oklahoma State came out in a normal formation instead of loading a bunch of receivers on one side for a final desperation play. Colorado took the bait and left Elliott with one-on-one coverage up the middle.

Big mistake.

Elliott slipped behind Lorenzo Sims on a post pattern, caught the ball at the 5-yard line when the Colorado defender fell, then staggered into the end zone for a 58-yard touchdown as time expired to put Oklahoma State up 21-0.

"Didn't really have a good feeling going in (to halftime)," Barnett said. "We felt like we were beating ourselves out there."

Oklahoma State's defense had something to do with it, allowing plenty of yards but not many points.

Mason Crosby hooked a 52-yard field goal wide left on the Buffaloes' first drive and two more drives ended inside Oklahoma State's 20 on failed fourth-down attempts. Colorado also reached the 10 to start the third quarter, only to have that drive end when Paul Duren dived in front of Joe Klopfenstein to intercept James Cox's pass at the 5.

Duren also returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

"We don't give up until the drive is over," Oklahoma State linebacker Lawrence Pinson said.

Cox was 15-for-21 for 175 yards and two touchdowns after replacing Joel Klatt in the second half. Klatt sat out with a stiff neck after being hit in the head late in the second quarter.