Modified: September 15, 2008 at 7:13 am •  Published: September 15, 2008
Oklahoma State sophomore kicker Dan Bailey was given the chance to attempt a 52-yard field goal just before halftime Saturday. Wet ground. Wet ball. Thick air. Not a good combination for Bailey's first challenging field-goal try of the year, but it was a good decision by coach Mike Gundy to let him try it.

Including Bailey's miss Saturday, OSU has made one of its last nine field-goal attempts from 30 yards and longer, the only make being a 32-yarder by Jason Ricks last season.

And it's fair to assume Bailey will be asked to kick a field goal in a high pressure situation — though probably not such nasty conditions — at some point this season, so it was good to get the sophomore walk-on some experience with at least a little pressure.

In the previous two seasons, OSU had 12 games in which the score was separated by a field goal or less during the fourth quarter, none of which came after Bailey took over in the 10th game last season.

By Scott Wright

Oklahoma State's Dan Bailey kicks an extra point as Matt Fodge holds during the Cowboys' victory over Missouri State on Saturday. by Doug Hoke, THE OKLAHOMAN

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