Oklahoma State Football: Texas Post-Game Report Card

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Sep 26, 2015; Austin, TX, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys place kicker Ben Grogan (19) kicks the game winning field goal against the Texas Longhorns during the fourth quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Oklahoma State beat Texas 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Special Teams: A

Ben Grogan did it again, coming through on two huge kicks that both tied and won the game. The fact that the game-winner came after having his initial make called off for a false start, well that’s even more impressive — especially considering that it came from 40 yards out instead of the initial 35.

Everything had to go right in this game for the Cowboys to walk away with a win, and that definitely included Grogan being clutch, which he has now displayed on more than one occasion. He has definitely overcome the mistake-filled start to the season. If his confidence wasn’t restored before this game, it is now.

Zach Sinor continued his solid play punting the ball, and is yet to make a mistake this season.

Jalen McCleskey managed to not fumble or make an ill-advised return, so that’s always nice. One mistake would’ve doomed this game.

The Cowboys had a little trouble corralling Daje Johnson at times, but prevented him from making a huge return, so that was a small victory, especially when considering that the Longhorns were third in the country in punt returns coming into this game.

Overall GPA: 2.75

Once again, the defense was there to bail out the random ineptitude of the offense, and made plays every single time it mattered. The kicking game has returned to being a strength for this team. The Cowboys are still 2/3rds of the way there. It’s inexplicable, and it’s frustrating. It’s been said numerous times since Saturday, but this team did not deserve the win — and that all falls on the offense, players and coaches alike.

I still have confidence that they can right the ship offensively, but time is running out. The defense can only carry this team so far, and that is a statement I never thought I’d make about an Oklahoma State team.

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