STILLWATER - Vernand Morency claimed recently that he'd proudly play the part of decoy if it contributed to a Cowboys win.
Saturday, such strategy nearly worked.
Anticipating Oklahoma's run-stuffing defense, OSU went away from its tailback and went to the air and other options.
As a result, Morency's workload produced a season-low 17 carries and 93 yards, although he scored two touchdowns. And yet Oklahoma State produced points and big plays before falling 38-35.
"It takes a lot of work to come up with plans when you play those guys," OSU offensive coordinator Mike Gundy said, "because of our background of running the ball and their background of stopping the run."
So Cowboys coaches devised ways of taking advantage where they could, namely through the air.
When quarterback Donovan Woods had trouble connecting in the first half and Morency had but seven carries, the game plan seemed questionable.
In the second half, Woods got hot, completing six of 12 passes for 194 yards.
"We haven't passed the ball like that in a while," Morency said. "We usually just plow.
"And we took advantages of things today. We have great receivers, and they went out and got the job done."
Morency said he understood.
"I have no ego," Morency said. "Whatever the team needs me to do, I'm willing to do."