Beavers might have edge in kick­ing game

Ro­maine has been one of Pac-12’s most re­li­able per­form­ers.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING - RODOLFO GON­ZA­LEZ / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

Part 9 of a col­lab­o­ra­tion by the Amer­i­canS­tates­man and The Ore­go­nian, break­ing down po­si­tion-by-po­si­tion matchups in ad­vance of the Alamo Bowl on Satur­day.

To­day’s matchup: Spe­cial teams.

Texas: Nick Jor­dan, a true fresh­man from Coppell, han­dled kick­ing du­ties early this sea­son while An­thony Fera — a trans­fer from Penn State — re­cov­ered from a groin in­jury. Fera took over in the fifth game, but af­ter his in­con­sis­ten­cies, the job went back to Jor­dan, who since has made five of his six at­tempts. Field goals have been an is­sue all sea­son; the Longhorns have made only 58.8 per­cent of their at­tempts, which is last in the Big 12. Punter Alex King has been solid, how­ever, and D.J. Mon­roe has been a dan­ger­ous re­turn threat, scor­ing a touch­down against Ole Miss. Quan­dre Diggs had good mo­ments in 2011, but he hasn’t been a fac­tor in 2012.

Ore­gon State: Place kicker Trevor Ro­maine may be the Pac-12’s most con­sis­tent kicker, but he hasn’t been called upon in the clutch very much this sea­son. Punter Keith Kos­tol av­er­ages 42.1 yards per punt. The Beavers love to fair catch; Poyer av­er­ages only 5.7 yards per punt re­turn, though he can be dan­ger­ous if he gets room to op­er­ate. Ro­maine has con­nected on 88 per­cent of his field goals (14 of 16), best by far in the Pac-12.

Hookem.com’s Dave Behr says: Edge to Ore­gon State. While nei­ther team is more dy­namic than the other in the re­turn game, the Beavers are much more re­li­able when it comes to field goals.

The Ore­go­nian’s Lindsay Sch­nell says: Push. The Beavers’ spe­cial teams haven’t been as good as years past, but they haven’t needed to be with an im­proved of­fense and de­fense.

Fri­day: Coaches.

Texas’ An­thony Fera re­acts to miss­ing a 41-yard field goal try in a loss to West Vir­ginia on Oct. 6. The kick­ing job has since re­turned to Nick Jor­dan, who mas made five of his last six tries.

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