Bailey Will Be Ready If Called Upon

Dave Hunziker's voice begins reaching octaves that have never been heard before as he describes the action … Zac Robinson's pass is caught at the Texas 25 as the seconds tick off the clock … 10, 9, 8, … but OSU has no timeouts remaining … The Cowboy offense hurries to the line of scrimmage to spike the ball, stopping the clock with the score tied 31-31 … and now the game rests with Dan Bailey.

"I feel like if it came down to that we could get the job done but personally I'd like to lay about 45 points on them and maybe allow them two or three touchdowns and get out of here with a win," said the Oklahoma State kicker. "But it if came down to that I have confidence in our (field-goal kicking) unit that we'd get the job done, and get a win."

If the past two Oklahoma State-Texas games give any indication what will transpire Saturday night when the 13th-ranked Cowboys, 6-1, host the third-ranked Longhorns, 7-0, at Boone Pickens Stadium, than Bailey or UT kicker Hunter Lawrence may play a bigger role in the outcome than Zac Robinson or Colt McCoy.

Longhorn kicker Ryan Bailey's 40-yard field goal on the game's final play gave Texas a 38-35 win two years ago in Stillwater. Last season the Cowboys gave the then No. 1-ranked Longhorns everything they wanted before Zac Robinson's Hail Mary pass fell incomplete on the game's final play as Texas held on for a 28-24 victory.

Both Mike Gundy and Mack Brown would feel confident in sending their kickers onto the field Saturday night. Lawrence leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage after making 14 of 16 attempts this season (with a long of 44 yards).

Bailey is 9-of-12 on field goal attempts this season, and has converted his last six in a row, including a career-best 51-yarder against Missouri. He has also converted a school-record 117 consecutive extra point attempts.

"I kind of got off to a slow start (missing three of his first six field goals this season), and it was a little struggle for a little bit but I found the rhythm and I feel good," says Bailey, the former walk-on from Mustang, Okla., who was awarded a scholarship this past summer. "I've got a good snapper and a good holder, and I feel healthy, so I feel pretty confident going through the rest of the season."

Bailey believes the Cowboys are confident even though every player was still in elementary school - although many were probably still in preschool - the last time Oklahoma State defeated Texas (42-16 in 1997). The Longhorns have won 11 in a row over the Cowboys.

"I'd like to think we're on the level with Texas, we've got talented players just like they do and guys that can make plays. It's just a matter of who wants it more when we play them," says Bailey, who in three seasons as the OSU place-kicker has moved up to 11th on the career scoring chart with 195 points and could move into the top 10 on Saturday night by passing former Cowboy kicker Lawson Vaughn (197 points).

"I think over the last couple of years we've had those close games. Obviously we're disappointed (to lose) but at the same time we believe we're just as good as they are, just a couple of plays here or there and it could have gone the other way. I think we're definitely up there," Bailey added.

The Cowboys get their chance to prove it Saturday night, and Bailey will be ready if Gundy sends him out to attempt the game winner with the final seconds ticking off the game clock.

"I don't know about visualizing the game winner but I definitely before games visualize making kicks in different situations. I think it helps out a lot because when you go out there you've already got in your mind I can do this, I've already gone through this in my head so it's not going to be a big deal," Bailey says.

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