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Surprise of the game: OSU vs. Oklahoma

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November 21, 2020

11/21/2020 Oklahoma vs OSU football. Photo by Ty Russell

Defeat a historically superior rival, buck the despised “little brother” label, maintain control of the Big 12 — the incentives for Oklahoma State to secure a rare bedlam win were there. But when the leading OSU scorer is so obscure he does not even have a biographical entry on the official team roster, a 41-13 loss seemed fitting.

The surprise

Brady Pohl was OSU’s leading scorer. The freshman kicker was perfect on the night, converting both of his field-goal attempts and his sole extra-point try. The Kansas City native was a rare bright spot for the Cowboys. Pohl was responsible for 7 of the 13 points mustered by OSU — an impressive feat considering why he was playing to begin with.

The context

A grainy ESPN video confirmed preliminary reports as the first quarter of Saturday’s game got underway. As sophomore OSU kicker Alex Hale went through his pre-game warmup, he suffered an injury. The freak accident occurred when OSU’s stellar starting kicker severely rolled his left ankle. The accident set the stage for Pohl — who had attempted just one kick in his OSU career.

Breaking it down

Pohl’s first of three kicks on the night was shaky but good. He hit a low, line-drive extra point to follow the lone OSU touchdown in the first quarter. When OSU scored, coach Mike Gundy called Pohl’s number without hesitation instead of attempting a 2-point conversion.

Because of a slight drizzle that was present throughout the game, kicking conditions were not optimal.

Neither the rain nor the challenge of filling in for his teammate who was 13/14 on the year phased Pohl.

Pohl made field goals of 38 and 39 yards in the second quarter — helping to add some respectability to the lopsided score.

Pohl split the goalposts on every kick he attempted — something not even veteran OU kicker Gabe Brkic managed to do. Pohl was not a reason why the Pokes will drop in the AP poll.

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