OSU looking ahead to the bowls

Monday, November 17th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Stillwater-AP) -- Oklahoma State rebounded and kept its Cotton Bowl hopes alive on the backs of some unlikely contributors.

Vernand Morency, replacing Tatum Bell, rushed for a career high 269 yards and three touchdowns.

Gabe Lindsay, not Darrent Williams, had punt returns of 37 and 35 yards to give the Cowboys short fields that led to 10 points in their 44-to-21 win Saturday over Kansas.

The victory eases the Cowboys' suffering after blowout losses to Texas and Oklahoma.

It also keeps the Cowboys in the hunt for a premiere bowl, like the Cotton Bowl. But they must win again next Saturday at Baylor to remain competitive in bowl representatives' eyes with Kansas State and Nebraska.

A loss, and they likely go to one of the Big 12's lesser bowls like the Houston Bowl, the Independence Bowl or the Fort Worth Bowl.