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.
Seales led the Cowboys with 87 receiving yards on four catches, while Stewart added two receptions for 20 yards, with a potential 55-yard touchdown pass going through his hands.
Two other receivers — Austin Hays and Blake Webb — continue to be out with undisclosed injuries. Defensive tackle Anthony Rogers also missed Saturday's game due to injury.
During the game, Cowboys standout defensive tackle Calvin Barnett had to leave late following a violent collision. But Gundy said he was “OK” afterward.
LOWE IGNORED COACHES, SOUGHT THE END ZONE
When Daytawion Lowe picked off Sams for the final time Saturday, victory was clinched for the Cowboys, as long as Lowe didn't fumble.
Still, Lowe sought the end zone.
“When I took off and got about 30 yards, I heard the coaches on the sideline yelling, ‘Get down,'” Lowe said. “But at that point, I saw a free lane and just kept on running, making sure I held onto the ball.”
Gundy was one of those coaches yelling.
“I wanted him to slide,” Gundy said. “That's what I was thinking about after the first step. And since he's from down the street from where I grew up, I'll catch him later.”
Gundy, of course, played at Midwest City; Lowe at Carl Albert.
OSU SUSPENDS GILBERT FOR FIRST HALF
Gundy wasn't happy with starting cornerback Justin Gilbert following last week's loss at West Virginia, where the senior drew a flagrant personal foul penalty and was ejected.
As a result, Gilbert was suspended for the first half against Kansas State.
“Justin's behavior in that game was not representative of Oklahoma State football,” Gundy said. “I had a good talk with (Big 12 director of officials) Walt Anderson Tuesday and they didn't have any further discipline. The decision we made was essentially violation of team rules. That's not the way we want to handle ourselves.
“He handled it like a man. He practiced hard. His attitude was good. And he was excited to get back in the game.”
* Saturday's win was OSU's fourth in its last five meetings with Kansas State.
* The Cowboys are now 7-1 following a loss since 2010.
* The announced attendance of 58,841 marked the third-largest crowd in Boone Pickens Stadium history.
* OSU's captains were Jeremy Seaton, Caleb Lavey, Lowe and Miketavious Jones.
* Cornerback Tyler Patmon made his first career start in place of Gilbert.
* The Cowboys' first touchdown drive lasted 41 seconds. They now have scored on a drive of less than two minutes in 27 straight games and 43 of their last 44 contests.
* OSU committed just one penalty, matching the fewest in program history.
By John Helsley