Much like last week's game against TCU, Oklahoma State's Saturday contest at Iowa State matches two teams with scuffling offenses and a real weapon on special teams.
That makes the punt game — yes, the punt game — intriguing. Iowa State's Kirby Van Der Kamp ranks 15th in the nation in punting at 44.3 yards per game, with 10 boots beyond 50 yards and 14 downed inside the 20. OSU's Josh Stewart, meanwhile, is second in the nation with an average of 23.8 yards per punt return.
OSU, of course, has questions about who will punt for the Cowboys, as Kip Smith left the TCU game with an apparent leg injury. OSU coach Mike Gundy would not give an update on Smith's status for Saturday's game, but did say he did not believe the injury was season-ending.
KEVIN PETERSON A ‘CONSISTENT' CONTRIBUTOR ON DEFENSE
When asked to name a teammate who is potentially overlooked on the OSU defense, Cowboy linebacker Shaun Lewis immediately came up with sophomore cornerback Kevin Peterson.
“He's real consistent from how young he is and he works hard,” Lewis said. “Every practice, he's making plays. He just doesn't get those chances in the games, but he's been as consistent as anybody on this defense.”
Peterson has started all six games for the Cowboys so far this season and has compiled 11 tackles (one for loss) and four pass breakups.
OPPONENT WATCH: IOWA STATE ALSO BATTLING OFFENSIVE LINE WOES
OSU's offensive line troubles have been well documented.
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