Bedlam Matchup: Grogan-Sinor vs. Seibert

Oklahoma State will feel good if the Bedlam game is close in the fourth quarter thanks to having an experienced kicker in Ben Grogan and an outstanding punter in Zach Sinor.

There have been very occasional hiccups but for the most part the kicking game – field goals, PATs, and punting – have been excellent for Oklahoma State this season. The hero and star has to be punter Zach Sinor, who was robbed when he wasn't made a finalist for the Ray Guy Award. Sinor carries an average of 42.7 yards per punt but it is the numbers behind that average that make him a definite star and a major reason for the Cowboys success this season. 

Sinor has punted 46 times this season and because of the prowess of the Cowboys offense the drives, when the stall, often stall near midfield or slightly in plus field position. If Sinor wanted to blast punts for average and into and through the end zone then he would help himself, but he'd kill his team.

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Sinor, and remember he has 46 punts overall, has pinned his boots inside the 20-yard line 29 times. His punts have been downed inside the 10-yard line on 14 occasions. Those are field position gems. He has kicked one touchback and that came against Iowa State, and honestly, there were two players in position to down the ball inside the five and it eluded them on the bounce. 

When Sinor needs to flip the field, he has done that. He has 13 of his kicks that have gone 50-plus yards. He is like a machine, tell him you want the field flipped and he will; tell him to choke it down for field position and he does.

Ben Grogan is in his final year and in the Kansas game he passed Dan Bailey as the Cowboys all-time leading scorer. Usually, he has had a shaky start to his seasons, but this season avoided that. He is healthy, his range on field goals is still around 45 yards and in, but he is accurate.

He leads the Big 12 in scoring with 101 points on 16-of-20 on field goals and a long of 45 yards, and 53-of-54 on extra points. It has helped that he isn't needed to kickoff and he is well rested for his primary duty.

Oklahoma was so excited a year ago with freshman kicker/punter Austin Seibert and the highly regarded Seibert was outstanding in his first year. You wouldn't call it a sophomore slump, but Seibert hasn't been quite as good this season. He has punted 40 times for a 41-yard average. He has pinned 19 inside the 20. He has five kicks of 50-plus yards. He is 10-of-14 on field goals with a long of 39 yards and he is 62-of-64 on PATs.

Oklahoma State has an edge in the kicking game.


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