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Unsung Hero: Week 9

This guy sealed the game for the Pokes on Saturday.

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday was America’s Greatest Homecoming Celebration, and the best game the Cowboys have played this season. Saturday’s contest against WVU was the most complete game the Cowboys have played thus far. They dominated on offense, defense, and special teams. The defense stepped up big time, forcing three Mountaineer turnovers. Even better, those turnovers gave the Cowboy offense the ball inside the WVU 10 yard line each time, leading to 17 points - the margin of victory OSU had. This victory puts OSU right in the thick of the Big 12 title race with 4 games to play.

The final of those three turnovers sealed the game for the Cowboys. Skylar Howard threw an interception right into the hands of Kevin Henry. Henry returned the ball inside the Mountaineer 10 yard line which led to an OSU field goal. For that reason, Henry is my unsung hero for this past week. He came in after injuries to Jordan Burton and Calvin Bundage. Even though he was thrown into duty, that did not prevent him from making an impact on the game. He dropped back into coverage on that play and was in the right place at the right time.

(The interception itself is around the 2:40 mark, but nobody would blame you if you want to watch the entire video. It’s worth the 3:05)

That interception made it game, set, match for the Cowboys. They were able to capitalize on the turnover with a Ben Grogan field goal.

If OSU can keep getting turnovers and turning them into points, it can help them run the table the rest of the year. The bend-but-don’t-break and get a turnover style of defense has been a part of the Cowboys’ style for years, and this year is no different. It took the Cowboys a few games to start causing turnovers, but now that they are... the defense is starting to look pretty good. Kevin Henry helped with that on Saturday, and I can’t wait to see who steps up this coming Saturday in Manhattan.