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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Woods just wants win

Donovan recalls brother's Bedlam lore

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— One play. That's all it takes to earn a player a spot in Bedlam lore forever.

Perhaps no one can attest to that better than the Woods family.

It was five years ago when Rashaun Woods' unforgettable game-winning catch sent Oklahoma State to a 16-13 win against Oklahoma and ended any remaining national titles hope for the fourth-ranked Sooners.

His little brother, Donovan, was about to embark on a high-school playoff game at Oklahoma City's Millwood High School at the time.

"He made the catch, and (brother) D'Juan was listening to it on the radio while I was down on the field warming up. D'Juan came running down the hill and told me that we won and Rashaun made the big catch," Donovan Woods said. "I thought D'Juan was playing, but obviously he wasn't."

On his way to the NFL, Rashaun Woods followed up "The Catch" with a record-setting 226 yards receiving against the Sooners in another Cowboys win in 2002 and further cemented his Bedlam legacy.

It'll be hard for either of his brothers to duplicate his effort today when the No. 13 Sooners (9-2, 6-1 Big 12) and Cowboys (6-5, 3-4) meet for the 101st time.

"What Rashaun did was obviously great but in all honesty, I'd just be happy with a victory and just leave it at that," Donovan Woods said.

Once at the center of attention as the starting quarterback in the Bedlam rivalry game, Donovan could now be easily overlooked as a member of the Oklahoma State secondary. He's doing his best to change that.

"Every day I try to make progress," Donovan Woods said. "The more and more you do things, the more and more comfortable you get. This has definitely been a year where I've learned quite a bit."

Defensive coordinator Vance Bedford has noticed. Prior to Oklahoma State's 42-32 win against Kansas this season, Bedford thinks things started to click for the second-year safety.

"He was always into it, but now he is really into it," Bedford said. "He's starting to recognize what the game is all about."

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