Fullback Bryant Ward is a overlooked key to the Pokes' success. By acting as an extra blocker, Ward, one of the best lead blockers in the Big 12, gives the Pokes the ability to outman opponents in the run game — even in the red zone.
"He gives us an edge with his ability to block," Gundy said.
Kicker Dan Bailey changes offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen's red zone mindset. Bailey hasn't missed a kick all season, so Holgorsen takes a more conservative approach.
"I've been on a lot of teams where we get down there and they can't make them," Holgorsen said. "We try to be conservative with what we call down there."
Because three points is better than nothing.
Kansas State proved that on Saturday. When KSU kicker Josh Cherry missed a short field goal early in the third quarter, it sucked the life out of the Wildcats and sparked the Pokes to a win.
Bailey is 10 of 10 on red zone field goals and, while the goal is a touchdown, his contribution cannot be underrated.
"Coach Holgorsen always goes through the stats," Weeden said. "And red zone (percentage) is always a big thing."