Oklahoma State football: Cowboys kicker Ben Grogan bounces back, again

OSU NOTEBOOK — OSU needed freshman kicker Ben Grogan's three field goals Saturday to survive Kansas State, 33-29. Grogan needed them too.
by John Helsley Published: October 5, 2013

Cowboys freshman kicker Ben Grogan, who missed a 23-yard, game-tying field goal at West Virginia last week, booted through his first try against Kansas State from 30 yards out Saturday.

And he seemed on the way to recovery.

Until his second attempt, a 43-yard attempt in the second quarter, was blocked and returned for a touchdown that turned a possible scoring chance for the Cowboys into a 14-10 K-State lead.

“We let a guy come right through the gap,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “It could have been anyone in the country kicking and it wouldn't have made a difference.”

Still, after chasing K-State's Kip Daily all the way to the end zone, Grogan made the long jog back up the sideline through the OSU bench, receiving no words of encouragement until Clint Chelf gave him on pat on the helmet.

And at that point, Grogan was 2-for-5 on the season on field goal tries.

The true freshman from Arlington, Texas, responded, making his next three tries against Kansas State — from 34, 23 and 28 yards — all needed points in OSU's 33-29 comeback win.

“He's a young kid,” said Cowboys receiver Charlie Moore. “It can be kind of tough on him after last week. The kid just kept working all week and he kept his composure and he had a great game today. It's fun to see a smile on his face. He deserves it.”

SNYDER ON ERRORS: ‘WE HAVEN'T BEEN THAT KIND OF TEAM'

Kansas State has been somewhat limited on offense, using two quarterbacks and struggling to score at times.

Against the Cowboys, the Wildcats didn't help themselves, turning the ball over five times and getting flagged for many of K-State's 12 penalties totaling 92 yards.

“It's difficult (to win), as it always would be,” said Wildcats coach Bill Snyder. “In our history, we just have not been that kind of a football team. I mean, we haven't always been extremely good, but we haven't always turned the ball over and we haven't always been penalized.

“We had a chance to win even with it… but it makes it a heck of a lot harder.”

After the Cowboys moved ahead 30-29 with 4:13 remaining, quarterback Daniel Sams was intercepted on each of K-State's final two possessions.

“Double-digit penalties and five turnovers, that's a recipe for failure every time,” said Wildcats receiver Curry Sexton.

INJURY UPDATE: STEWART, SEALES RETURN FOR OSU

Receivers Josh Stewart and Jhajuan Seales each played against K-State, after leaving last week's game at West Virginia with apparent head injuries and being considered questionable for much of the week.


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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