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Rapid Reaction: Oklahoma State rebounds with narrow win over Kansas State

by Erik Horne Modified: October 5, 2013 at 7:25 pm •  Published: October 5, 2013
Oklahoma State's defense forced five turnovers against Kansas State in a 33-29 win Saturday in Stillwater.
Oklahoma State's defense forced five turnovers against Kansas State in a 33-29 win Saturday in Stillwater.

A few observations from OSU’s 33-29 win over Kansas State in Stillwater:

More Misfires on Offense: The numbers don’t make sense — a team that commits five turnovers and 12 penalties isn’t supposed to win on the road. But Kansas State almost did on Saturday. If not for a clutch 75-yard drive, finished off with a J.W. Walsh to Charlie Moore 6-yard touchdown pass to put the Cowboys up for good at 30-29, offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich and Cowboys’ attack would have been the goat again.

Defense Shines Again: Despite the offense struggling again, the defense came through, as it has several times this season. Daytawion Lowe’s interception in the fourth quarter was the fifth forced turnover for the Cowboys – the most OSU has forced in a game this season. OSU forced two fumbles and picked off Kansas State quarterback Daniel Sams three times. Defense was the best offense for the Cowboys.

Special Teams Not So Special: Credit must be given to OSU’s kicking game for accounting for more than a third of the Cowboys’ points on Saturday. But Kansas State took a 14-10 lead in the second quarter on a blocked field goal attempt. Forget the fact that the deflected ball fell perfectly into Kip Daily’s arms for the 65-yard runback. The focus falls back on OSU’s deficiencies in the kicking game for the second week in a row. It cost them the game at West Virginia and it could cost the Cowboys in the future. OSU cleaned it up a little, as Ben Grogan converted 4 of 5, but his one miss was critical.

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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