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.
Takeaway No. 3
The play: With Jake Waters back behind center and deep in his own territory, Johnson got into the backfield to swipe the ball away just as Waters started to step into his throw. Shaun Lewis recovered the fumble at the K-State 6.
Unsung heroes: Wren and a blitzing Joe Mitchell were largely picked up on the opposite side, but Wren was in a good spot to corral the ball if Lewis hadn't gotten there.
Takeaway No. 4
The play: After OSU's 75-yard touchdown drive to take the lead with about four minutes to play, Sams underthrew his intended target and was picked by Lewis. He returned to the K-State 17.
Unsung heroes: How about the blockers, which helped spring Lewis for a 24-yard return? Peterson threw a key one. Lavey and Barnett also showed hustle, though they collided, leading to Barnett's injury.
Takeaway No. 5
The play: With the Wildcats attempting a late rally, Sams tossed an interception to Lowe, who cut across the field and scampered 72 yards down the sideline to the K-State 7.
Unsung heroes: Glenn Spencer, who dialed up a plan to rush three, welcome the short pass and cover the deep ball with the clock ticking down. Safety Shamiel Gary backed off the line of scrimmage just before the snap, though the TV angles made it difficult to see the coverage from the other Cowboys. Lyndell Johnson, Joe Mitchell, Gary and Justin Gilbert were all in range of Lowe's pick.