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Big 12: OU blows fragile shot at title game

WR Rashaun Woods' 226 yards lead Cowboys to 38-28 win, boosting bowl outlook.

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December 1, 2002


STILLWATER, Okla. -- Rashaun Woods and Josh Fields did it to Oklahoma again.

One year after ruining the Sooners' postseason plans with a late touchdown in Norman, Fields and Woods connected for three TDs as Oklahoma State upset Oklahoma 38-28 on Saturday.

Woods had 12 catches for a school-record 226 yards, and Fields completed 18 of 27 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns against the nation's ninth-ranked defense.

"We played our best opponent; we played our best football," Cowboys coach Les Miles said. "Considering all of our big wins this year, this was undoubtedly our best one."

The Cowboys beat Nebraska and Oklahoma in the same season for the first time. As the last seconds ticked off, orange-clad Oklahoma State students and fans ran onto the field and tore down the goal posts.

In beating the Sooners for the fifth time in eight years, Oklahoma State enhanced its chances of going to its first bowl since 1997. The Cowboys never let Oklahoma take the lead, something no team had done against Bob Stoops in his first 49 games as coach.

"We just wanted to prove that last year wasn't a fluke," said tight end Billy Bajema, who had a 58-yard catch on a second-quarter scoring drive. "It will improve our bowl destination, but that's not what we were thinking coming in. Playing Oklahoma was enough motivation."

Last year's 16-13 stunner by Oklahoma State cost Oklahoma a trip to the Big 12 title game, where a victory would have sent the Sooners to the national title game. Oklahoma went into this game with the South Division title sewn up, but the Sooners have no shot of playing for a national title.

"There are no excuses," Stoops said. "They did an excellent job all around, their coaches and players, and just beat us."

Oklahoma, which plays Colorado for the Big 12 title next week in Houston, had no answer for Woods.

He caught touchdowns of 41, 60 and 13 yards in the first half and had three catches on the Cowboys' first drive of the third quarter, when they took a 35-6 lead. Woods had two more receptions on a fourth-quarter drive that led to a field goal and a 38-21 lead.

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