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Usually reliable Perrish Cox, OSU special teams falter against OU

BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Modified: November 29, 2009 at 7:03 am •  Published: November 29, 2009

With OSU's offense going nowhere Saturday, hope spun for Perrish Cox to provide a momentum-changing play in the kicking game.

He knew his cue, too, with plans to oblige, as he so often has in his Cowboys career.

"Special teams is one of the things where our team looks for me to flip the game," Cox said.

Except Cox was as anemic as his offensive cohorts, unable to provide even a minor spark, let alone ignite a comeback.

Cox, the Big 12 record holder for career kickoff return yards, managed but 48 yards on three tries against the Sooners. Twice, he failed to reach the 20.

Ranked 22nd nationally in punt returns, Cox struggled to handle OU punter Tress Way's big boots, totaling but six yards on the two balls he got his hands on.

"It was frustrating," Cox said. "It just didn't work the way we planned it."

Way averaged 58.8 yards a punt Saturday, with Cox failing to field several.

There were factors at play, including a stiff south wind measured at 20 mph that made the ball dance in the air. Injuries also affected OSU's special teams, forcing backups into action. And Way was having a career day, booming kicks into the wind as well as with it.

"We really didn't know that he could kick that well," Cox said. "It's kind of hard to judge a left-foot kicker also. He just did his thing today.

"(The wind) was totally difficult. He's kicking a major ball. A left-foot kicker, the ball rotates different than a right-foot kicker. Into the wind, it was very difficult."


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