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