Oklahoma State football: Rain delay no problem for Cowboys

by John Helsley Published: October 13, 2012
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“I've said the same thing. If I'm kicking, I don't want anybody to score on me.”

FOURTH DOWN FOLLIES

The game's first four possessions – two for each team – all featured fourth-down gambles in enemy territory.

All four failed.

The Cowboys started the fourth-down follies on the game's initial drive. They marched 12 plays to the KU 31, facing fourth-and-7. Apparently too close to punt and too far for a field goal try (into the wind and rain).

Walsh's pass for Charlie Moore sailed high, turning the ball over and beginning a back and forth of fourth downs.

Shamiel Gary halted a fourth-and-1 run by the Jayhawks' James Sims at the Cowboys 35.

OSU's Joseph Randle was stopped on a fourth-and-1 rush up the middle at the KU 16.

Then Nigel Nicholas foiled a fake field goal try, on fourth-and7, corralling the Jayhawks Blake Jablonski at the Cowboys 16.

OSU ended the streak on its next possession, but not in a good way – Walsh was picked off.

Still, KU played along, going again on fourth down on its next series.

The Jayhawks, featuring a new kicker and punter Saturday, eventually finished 0-of-5 on fourth down tries.

“We felt like they disrespected us, not punting the ball or not kicking the field goal,” said Cowboys safety Daytawion Lowe. “We just took it as a challenge and I think we did a good job.”

INJURY REPORT

OSU's tight win over the Jayhawks was difficult in many ways.

The Cowboys absorbed several injuries, some that may prove severe.

The newly wounded: receiver Tracy Moore (ankle); receiver Isaiah Anderson (finger); running back Jeremy Smith (ankle); linebacker Caleb Lavey (leg/knee).

KU GAMBLE BACKFIRES

Trailing 20-14 in the waning minutes, Kansas was poised to get the ball back, forcing OSU to punt with from its own 43 with 1:46 remaining.

Instead, the Jayhawks rushed and roughed Sharp, resulting in a 15-yard personal foul penalty that allowed OSU to retain possession and run out the clock.

“You're not going to get much in return in a ball punted from the 50-yard line,” said KU coach Charlie Weis. “So I didn't think it was that risky.

“You're trying to make a play and I think that if you're going to block a punt, it gives you an opportunity to have a short field and go win the game.”

Said Jayhawks linebacker Huldon Tharpe: “It's tough. I'm not a coach, so it's hard to even put myself in a situation like that. It's a really hard decision, but we took a chance. You play the game to win, so I am perfectly OK with that decision.”

EXTRA POINTS

* The Cowboys improved to 14-3 in its last 17 road games; 13-2 in conference play.

* OSU was held scoreless in the first quarter of a game for the first time this season.

* When Randle was stopped on fourth-and-1 in the first quarter, it marked the first time this season that the Cowboys didn't score on a trip into the red zone. OSU had been 25-for-25 previously.

* Randle's 29 carries (for 80 yards) were a career high.

* Freshman receiver Austin Hays made his first start, becoming the 15th Cowboy – and fifth freshman – to make his first start this season.

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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