Hundred for Hill
Cowboys exploit weakness in punt game
Oklahoma State special teams analyst M.K. Taylor and graduate assistant Patrick Cashmore saw something in Boise State’s punting unit they thought they could exploit Saturday.
Mike Gundy felt good about it after watching OSU practice this week.
But no one could have suspected OSU’s punt-block scheme working this well.
The Cowboys blocked two punts in Saturday’s 44-21 win over Boise State. The first, by Amen Ogbongbemiga, set up a Taylor Cornelius touchdown run to give OSU a 14-7 lead.
The second, by true freshman Jarrick Bernard, was returned 13 yards for a touchdown by Za’Carrius Green in the third quarter.
It marked the ninth time in program history OSU blocked two or more kicks in a game and the sixth time in Gundy’s tenure as coach. The last time was the notorious game against Texas in 2016 when OSU blocked three kicks.
“They had a good scheme and the kids bought into it and they practiced hard,” Gundy said. “When you block punts you’re going to send anywhere from 5-6 people and based on the alignment you have, you can get a good indication of who they’re going to block but you don’t know for sure because you don’t control what they do. So six people have got to go hard and everybody has to make that commitment. Because they might block you and they might not block that guy and they think they’re going to block that guy and then they turn you loose. And then I think, without watching tape, all six guys went hard and we had two or three show up at the block point.”
Brailford's big day
Brett Rypien will be glad he doesn’t have to see Jordan Brailford again.
Oklahoma State’s junior defensive end wreaked havoc in the Boise State backfield Saturday, with three sacks — tied for third-most in school history — and two forced fumbles.
OSU defensive coordinator Jim Knowles used Brailford in a variety of ways — even standing him up in a middle linebacker-type position at times, a scheme he used with multiple defensive ends Saturday.
But Brailford’s biggest hit came when he used his speed to blow past the right tackle in the second quarter, crushing Rypien and jarring the ball loose in a game tied at seven.
Boise State recovered the fumble, but Amen Ogbongbemiga blocked a punt two plays later and OSU soon scored a touchdown to take the lead.
Gary Lewis holds the school single-game record with four sacks in a game against Colorado on Oct. 16, 1982. Andrel Waddle is the only other player with more than three in a game for Oklahoma State. He had 3.5 against Louisiana on Nov. 14, 1998.
Oklahoma State’s seven team sacks tied for the thirdmost in a game in OSU history. The Cowboys’ record is nine sacks (vs. Baylor, 1998).
For the 16th time in 29 games at OSU, Justice Hill ran for 100 yards.
His 53-yard scamper in the fourth quarter — originally a 72-yard touchdown, but called back when he stepped out of bounds at the 19-yard line
After having sold out each of six home dates last season, Oklahoma State doesn’t have a sellout through the first three games of its seven-game 2018 home schedule.
For Boise State-OSU, there was a crowd of 54,974 — 1,816 shy of the Boone Pickens Stadium seating capacity of 56,790.
Oklahoma State’s Amen Ogbongbemiga blocks a punt by Boise State’s Quinn Skillin during the Cowboys’ win Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.