Cowboys Downed By Oklahoma State

Sept 6, 2003

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Associated Press Writer

STILLWATER, Okla. - Tatum Bell rushed for 215 yards and threetouchdowns on 21 carries and fullback Shawn Willis added two more scores asOklahoma State beat Wyoming 48-24 Saturday night.

Oklahoma State (1-1) came out flat in this game, not surprising after adeflating 17-7 loss at Nebraska last week that dropped the Cowboys out of theAP Top 25 and already put them behind a game in competing for the Big 12 title.

But Oklahoma State's offense came alive following Gabe Lindsay's highlightreel-worthy 55-yard punt return for a touchdown near the end of the firstquarter.

Lindsay fielded the ball at his 45-yard line, took off down the rightsideline and cut back all the way across the field to avoid a cluster ofdefenders. He shook loose Wyoming punter Luke Donovan with one last cut at the6-yard line before stumbling into the end zone.

It was Oklahoma State's first punt return for a touchdown since 2000, whenLindsay did it against Texas A&M.

From there, Oklahoma State put together consecutive scoring drives of 92,98, 48, 86 and 76 yards, making the score 41-7 late in the third. The scoringonly stopped when the Cowboys sat down Bell, quarterback Josh Fields andreceiver Rashaun Woods.

Woods finished with eight receptions for 152 yards, while Fields went17-of-30 for 235 yards. Against Nebraska, Woods had only five catches for 47yards and a score and Fields threw for just 97 yards.

Meanwhile, Wyoming (1-1) couldn't get much of anything going on offense.

Bramlet, who threw for nearly 3,330 yards last season, misfired on his firstsix pass attempts and 12 of his first 14. He was sacked five times, down fromsix the week before against I-AA Montana State, and knocked down countlessothers.

He finished 17-of-38 for 306 yards and three touchdowns, two to MalcomFloyd.

Floyd caught six passes for 116 yards and Jovon Bouknight had fivereceptions for 115 yards and the other score.

The game was the season opener at newly renamed Boone Pickens Stadium, whichunderwent a name change to honor the Texas oil tycoon's $70 million pledge tohis alma mater. At halftime, hundreds of balloons were released and a fewfireworks were set off to celebrate the occasion. Pickens watched on frommidfield with his wife and several school officials.

Oklahoma State's stadium had been called Lewis Field since 1914 after theschool's former dean of veterinary medicine and of science and literature.