STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Mike Gundy's first win almost wasn't.
Donovan Woods threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score
as Oklahoma State began the Gundy era with a 15-10 victory over
Division I-AA Montana State Saturday night.
The Cowboys (1-0) struggled with the spread offense Gundy has
implemented since taking over for Les Miles, but used a
two-quarterback system to win their 10th straight home opener.
"We would have liked to have run up 30 or 40 points and held
them to 10, but that's not what happened tonight," Gundy said.
"I'm happy with what happened out there tonight."
Woods started and played a majority of snaps, completing 10 of
20 passes for 117 yards and rushing for 61 yards on nine carries.
Redshirt freshman Bobby Reid ran for 82 yards on six attempts.
"Both of them were very, very competitive and ran aggressive,"
Gundy said. "That's what we need from those guys. We will continue
to work with both quarterbacks on throwing the ball."
Woods' 23-yard lob to brother D'Juan Woods on Oklahoma State's
first possession of the second half erased the Bobcats' 10-8
Montana State (0-1) threatened late in the fourth quarter, but
Oklahoma State forced a punt when defensive tackle Darnell Smith
tackled Justin Domineck for a 6-yard loss on third down on the
Cowboys 39. The Bobcats never got the ball back.
Montana State's Travis Lulay was 22-of-34 for 205 yards, but his
fumble at the Cowboys 21 late in the third quarter ended Montana
State's only other scoring threat in the second half.
"Whether it's against a giant or against a pip-squeak, a loss
is a loss, and so there is no way around it," said Montana State
coach Mike Kramer. "We let a giant off the hook."
The Cowboys, coming off three bowl appearances, had 378 total
yards, including 244 yards on the ground, but had difficulty
turning that into points. They lost 67 yards on eight penalties and
converted only three of 12 third-down chances.
Donovan Woods' 11-yard run on the Cowboys' first possession of
the game gave Oklahoma State an 8-0 lead. The Bobcats, helped by
Lulay's 37-yard pass on a fake punt, took a 10-8 lead when Michael
Bass scored from the 3 in the second quarter.
Oklahoma State used just 10 players on its first kickoff to
honor defensive back and special teams star Vernon Grant, who died
in a car accident in May. Grant's father was given a framed drawing
of his son before the game.
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