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
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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