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Oklahoma State football notebook: Special teams haunt Cowboys again

Cowboy coach Mike Gundy pointed to a pair of field-goal attempts as two crucial moments that helped decide the Cowboys' 41-31 Cotton Bowl loss.
BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: January 4, 2014

For the second consecutive game, special teams hurt Oklahoma State in a slim loss.

The miscues weren't as blatant as Bedlam, where Oklahoma grabbed touchdowns on a Jalen Saunders punt return and a fake field goal. But Cowboy coach Mike Gundy pointed to a pair of field-goal attempts — OSU freshman Ben Grogan's 34-yard miss off the right upright in the second quarter and Andrew Baggett's 46-yard make for Missouri in a wild final period — as two crucial moments that helped decide the Cowboys' 41-31 Cotton Bowl loss.

“One time they hit a long one … we missed a short one,” Gundy said. “Those things add up in close games when you're playing teams ranked as high as they are. There's not much room for error.”

Grogan had an inconsistent debut for OSU, finishing 11-of-18 on field goal tries. But had emerged late in the season, connecting on four consecutive field goals (including two from 41 yards away) before Friday's miss.

Missouri also won the return game, with Marcus Murphy picking up a 38-yard punt return and a 31-yard kickoff return to help the Tigers' field position.

OSU's dynamic return duo of Josh Stewart and Justin Gilbert, meanwhile, were limited. Stewart picked up just four total yards on two punt returns, while Gilbert finished with 28 total yards on two kickoff returns.

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