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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

Sudeep Tumma and Ryan Novozinsky break down OSU's 41-13 loss to Oklahoma.

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.

Mike Gundy, Kasey Dunn, Jim Knowles, Tylan Wallace and Tyler Lacey talk to the media.

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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