If you are looking for the special teams biggest contribution to the 49-29 win over TCU on Saturday look no further than punter Zach Sinor.
The redshirt freshman from Medina Valley, Texas was outstanding with nine punts for a 42.1 yards average. When he needed a boomer he got it. When he needed to kick it off the tip and get it downed deep and force TCU into miserable starting field position then he got that too along with help from the lies of Deric Robertson, Chris Hardeman, and Kirk Tucker among others. There were six punts downed inside the 20-yard line. One on the 1-yard line, and others on the 4, the 10, the 11, the 18, and the 19.
"I just go out there and because my punt team is so awesome I don't really have to worry about too many things happening," Sinor said, although he shows really good awareness and calm. "All I really have to do is get the ball down there, and I know they're going to get it."
The kickoff team was solid, as was the return team with Blake Jarwin and Austin Hays doing a good job of handling the two onside kick attempts of various styles.
There was a near nasty mistake on punt returns as normally reliable Jalen McCleskey bobbled and fumbled a punt, but a nice assist to David Glidden for burrowing into the pile to get the fumble recovery and prevent the closest thing Oklahoma State had to a turnover all day.
Special teams will need to stay consistent and free of mistakes and even continue to contribute to some good fortune if the Cowboys are to win out and make it to the CFP. Yes, it is now okay to mention that as a goal.