Hun­dred for Hill

Tulsa World - - Gameday - — Mark Cooper, Tulsa World

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.

IAN MAULE/ Tulsa World

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.

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