STILLWATER — Caleb Lavey had no problem talking through his interception and forced fumble in Oklahoma State's close win over Kansas State on Saturday.
But don't always focus on where the ball winds up, he says.
“It's always the other 10 guys on the field,” the Cowboy linebacker said, “and usually someone's in the right place, and they force the throw and make a good catch.”
Here's a look back at OSU's five take-aways, with a nod to those who made an impact on the play that may have gone unnoticed at first glance.
Takeaway No. 1
The play: Two plays after a third-quarter fumble by J.W. Walsh, Lavey caught Wildcat quarterback Daniel Sams from behind. As Sams fell to the turf, the ball came free. The fumble was recovered by Emmanuel Ogbah at the OSU 23.
Unsung heroes: Tackle Calvin Barnett got good push up the middle, helping force Sams to his right before taking off to run. End Tyler Johnson dove in at the last second to help with Lavey's hit. Linebacker Ryan Simmons was also in good position to pounce on the football when it hit the ground.
Takeaway No. 2
The play: On first down at the Wildcat 19 late in the third, Sams rolled to his right and floated a ball right to Lavey. He returned it three yards to set the Cowboy offense up at the K-State 22.
Unsung heroes: This play looked like a designed rollout, but end Sam Wren got free to perhaps put some pressure on Sams to throw. Simmons and safety Daytawion Lowe were also in the vicinity of the ball and could have picked it off if Sams hadn't thrown it directly at Lavey.