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October 6, 2013

Cowboys take away Wildcats’ chance to rally

STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State defense did it again — and again, and again, and again, and again.

With the OSU offense unable to do much of anything in the second half of Saturday’s game against Kansas State, the Cowboy defense took it upon themselves to give their offensive counterparts every chance possible to get the win.

Glenn Spencer’s defense forced five second-half takeaways — two of which came inside Kansas State’s 25-yard line — to set up the offense and effectively cap a 33-29 victory.

“That’s just players making plays. ... We had some guys finish some great plays and it all started out by them playing hard and having the assignment right and the right technique to make those plays,” said Spencer, Oklahoma State’s first-year defensive coordinator. “It’s not like we didn’t try to get them in the first half, but sometimes they’re there and sometimes they’re not.”

Oklahoma State needed every last one of the takeaways with the offense unable to move the ball. Through the first 20 minutes of the second half, the Cowboy offense hadn’t even collected a first down — let alone a touchdown.

With the OSU defense setting them up for success on at least two occasions with the ball at K-State’s 22-yard line and 6-yard line on back-to-back drives, Oklahoma State’s offense managed a combined five yards. Instead, OSU settled for field goals from freshman kicker Ben Grogan — who overcame last week’s debacle in West Virginia where he missed two field goals to go 4 for 5 on field goal attempts.

“I think that showed some maturity on his part to bounce back like that and kick the ball the way he kicked today,” Cowboy quarterback J.W. Walsh said of the rookie kicker, who had his other kick blocked and returned for a touchdown. “He was huge for us and a huge weapon. He was a big part of our win and I’m just really proud of him to bounce back like he did.”

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