OSU football notebook: Dan Bailey follows up game-winner with career long — twice

by John Helsley Modified: October 9, 2010 at 11:26 am •  Published: October 9, 2010

What did Dan Bailey do for an encore, following his game-winning kick against Texas A&M?

The senior went deep — twice — booting a pair of career-long 52-yard field goals against Lafayette. Bailey opened the scoring with his first long kick, then equaled it in the fourth quarter. In between, Bailey added a 25-yarder in the third quarter, then popped through a 47-yarder.

On the season, he's 11-for-11 on field goal tries and already 6-for-6 on kicks of 40 yards or longer, after making just five from that distance previously in his career.

Maybe it's time the Lou Groza Award folks take notice.

With 18 points on the night, Bailey also moved past Terry Miller into fourth place on OSU's all-time scoring list with 286 points.

Next: No. 3 Larry Roach, with 290 points.

ROAD TESTED

Remember when OSU struggled to win road games? Forget that. Starting with that 45-14 win at Nebraska in 2007, the Cowboys are 9-4 in road games since. And only two of those victories came against non-conference teams. OSU is 7-4 in its last 11 Big 12 road games.

Before that Nebraska game, Mike Gundy's road record was 3-11, and two of those wins were off-campus games against Florida Atlantic (Dolphins Stadium) and Arkansas State (in Little Rock).

INJURY REPORT

OSU's second-leading receiver, wideout Josh Cooper, was lost on the third play from scrimmage for the Cowboys, when he caught a pass and was hit hard by two Cajun defenders.

Cooper took a helmet-to-helmet blow and even lost his helmet on the play. He did not return.

The Cowboys played without three injured defenders: defensive tackle Shane Jarka (knee), linebacker Justin Gent (concussion) and safety Victor Johnson (knee).

Tolu Moala made his first career start in Gent's spot. Nigel Nicholas started for Jarka, with Cooper Bassett playing extensively as the Cowboys used a three-man front for much of the game. Johnny Thomas stepped into Johnson's spot, where he'll likely stay with Johnson expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Wide receivers Hubert Anyiam (ankle) and Michael Harrison (finger) were hurt on the same drive, although neither injury was considered serious.

RISKY BUSINESS

After scoring to take the lead on the first drive of the second half, OSU gambled with an onside kick try.

The Cowboys, however, seemed confused on the Quinn Sharp squib, which didn't travel the necessary 10 yards, setting the Cajuns up in great field position.

But OSU's defense struck back, with Andrew McGee picking off ULL quarterback Chris Masson. Moments later, Weeden hit Michael Harrison with a scoring pass and the Cowboys had regained the lead and momentum, 31-21.

TWEET TWEET

Takes on the Cowboys-Cajuns from the Twitter scene:

* ESPN analyst Pat Forde: "Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon one of the real revelations of 2010. Looks a bit like Dez Bryant Lite."

* Ronguidry901: "WOW!!!! How bout dem Ragin' Cajuns!!!"

* New York Times columnist Pete Thamel: "If T. Boone is rich enough to buy and sell small European nations, why is OK State playing a road game at Lafayette?"

* (Eugene, Ore.) Register-Guard columnist George Schroeder: "Oklahoma State's defense remains not stellar. Some things never change?"

BACK-TO-BACK BUSTS

Cowboys freshman Justin Gilbert showed his inexperience on two critical consecutive plays in the first half.


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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