Cowboys Analysis: Special Teams Did The Job

I realize the fans groaned on Ben Grogan's second missed field goal because Oklahoma State fans don't boo their own players. I know that because Oklahoma State fans have more class than that. However, in the end Grogan did hit 4-of-6 field goals. That's too many as the offense needs to do a better job of finishing drives in some of those situations. Overall, the OSU special teams were special.

The Cowboys set a school record with three blocked kicks in the game. Actually, there was a fourth but the kick limped through so it doesn't go in the books.

The highlight was the blocked punt and recovery by Jordan Sterns against that stacked punt protection that was pretty odd.

"I came free and I sinked the ball," Sterns explained. "I really didn't expect to be that open but it was just like practice and I had my hands out perfect like I was coached and I got it off his foot and stayed with it. I wanted to score but when I got the ball I already had someone on my back."

James Castleman blocked an extra point and Ofa Hautua blocked another field goal try by the Bears.

Tyreek Hill had a 37-yard punt return early in the game and kickoff returns were okay. Actually the Bears chose to pooch kick and that is showing a lot of field position respect to Hill and the Cowboys kickoff return unit.

One other negative was a last few minutes punt. The only punt of the day by Kip Smith that went just 18 yards. The Cowboys also had an issue or two on kickoff coverage, but the snaps were solid as Josh Elias took over for Kaleb Smith on the punt snaps, while Smith continued to snap on field goals and extra points.

"We weren't very good on kick coverage, but our return game was good," head coach Mike Gundy elaborated. "There punter did a good job in drilling it right there out of bounds to keep it away from our returners.

"Getting the blocks was big and Robbie (Discher) came up with a good plan in our block mode and we were able to execute it. Special teams definitely helped our football team today."

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