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OSU football: Kevin Peterson develops into defensive playmaker

The cornerback used his speed and athleticism to weave his way to a 38-yard interception return to set up a Cowboy touchdown.
By Gina Mizell Published: November 13, 2013

“If he's challenged and (the offense) makes a play, then he comes back because he learns from his mistake and then he goes back and corrects it.”

Things haven't always been smooth. Peterson was particularly picked on in the Cowboys' loss at West Virginia, getting flagged for pass interference and burned on a deep ball that a Mountaineer receiver dropped in the end zone.

But Saturday, Peterson had arguably his most productive day as a Cowboy.

On Kansas' second offensive play, he came up to stop Pierson four yards behind the line of scrimmage. Two plays later, he tallied another tackle. In all, he finished with four stops and that interception.

The memorable performance came two weeks after an Iowa State game where Peterson “can't remember a whole lot of things,” because he was knocked out in the second quarter with a head injury. That forced him to watch the Cowboys' key victory at Texas Tech at home in Wagoner, where he claims he “almost broke the TV” from screaming and jumping around throughout the contest.

While reflecting on the fact that Saturday's visit to Austin to face Texas in a top-25 matchup is the Cowboys' final road game of the year, Peterson couldn't believe his sophomore season is almost over. And next season, Peterson will make the transition from young gun to veteran presence, as OSU loses eight defensive starters.

Peterson has accomplished his first goal of grabbing his first-career interception.

Now he wants another pick. In every game remaining.

Teammate Tracy Moore would not be shocked to see Peterson show off those pass-catching skills again.

“I'm surprised he didn't run it back, though,” Moore said of Peterson's interception against the Jayhawks. “I'm surprised he didn't score. He definitely has skills when he has the ball in his hands.”

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