What We Learned from Oklahoma State’s Win over Texas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. A lot happened on Saturday in Austin. We’re still trying to sort through a lot of it. Here are a few things we learned in Oklahoma State’s 30-27 win over Texas.Porter1. Grogan’s Got thisTo steal one of OKC Dave’s legendary hashtags (#grogangotthis), we’re sort of underrating what “the kicker” as Gundy calls him did on Saturday. The tie and the win from 40+ both times? That’s impressive at any point but for the much-maligned Grogan on the road in a heated game in 93 seconds? I was really impressed. Gundy was too.AdChoices广告#okstate slips by Texas 30-27 thanks to this FG by Ben Grogan pic.twitter.com/cGrh00bmZX— Dekota Gregory (@dekotagregory) September 26, 2015“It was a good call by Rob Discher and really proud of Ben Grogan,” said Gundy. “He may be the only kicker in college history to have to make a field goal after a delay of game with 23 seconds to win the game.”I think Gundy got his kicks mixed up but at least he’s proud of him.“I was proud of him for rallying,” said Gundy.2. The golden boy has a few pimplesI am (and will continue to be) his loudest supporter, but Mason Rudolph showed what seven-games-into-your-career quarterbacks are supposed to look like on Saturday. I’d noticed the high throws throughout the first three games, but I’d presumed they’d be fixed by the time Austin rolled around.Thankfully, he’s got an incredible defense he can lean on early in his career. That won’t always be the case.3. Marcell Ateman has gone from overrated to underratedHow about that? Ateman quietly led the team in receiving and hauled in all four of his catches for 69 yards in the second half. They were all huge but this one was especially delightful.Each receiver is sort of settling in to his own role and it’s good to see Ateman finally (probably) fulfill his wild talent.Boone4. Vincent Taylor can hold his ownTaylor burst onto the scene in spring ball, and had an impressive spring game that got his campaign off to a hot start. Through three games, he was good, albeit against lesser competition. But Taylor proved that he can excel in Big 12 play on Saturday, and his emergence at the defensive tackle position couldn’t come at a more opportune time.5. The return game will take timeTrue freshmen McCleskey and Carr have yet to make any big breaks in the return game – yet. Youth at these positions are experiencing some growing pains, but both kids are more than capable of developing into big-time playmakers.last_img

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