Punt, pass and kick

Luck was and was not on OSU’s special teams’ side on Thursday.

A P.J. Fitzgerald punt hit Artrell Woods in the back, but the Pokes scrambled for the ball at the UA 43-yard line. Five plays later, Keith Toston scored on a 4-yard run.

Matt Fodge had a punt downed at the 1-yard line by Tommy Devereaux early in the second quarter and Devereaux had a 54-yard punt return for a touchdown wiped out by a penalty.

Quinton Moore all but blocked a Fitzgerald punt in the third period.

In the fourth quarter, Javier Arenas returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown to make it a seven-point game with 10:50 to play.

A Grant Jones fumble on a kickoff led to the game-tying score.

But the biggest play? Jason Ricks’ game-winning field goal.

“It took a long time to get off,” said OSU head coach Mike Gundy of UA calling three timeouts to try and ice Ricks. “The snap was a little low, but it was a great hold and Ricks just drilled it.”

“Missouri and OU did the same thing a couple of years ago, so it didn’t bother me,” said Ricks, who finished the season 10-of-12 on field goals.

Run defense

The Pokes rushed for 150 yards on 26 attempts in the first half. Dantrell Savage averaged 6.8 per rush. Keith Toston had 50 yards on seven carries. Entering Thursday, UA’s defense was allowing 124 rushing yards per game.

Throw in Bobby Reid’s 101 yards passing and the Pokes totaled 251 yards in the first two quarters. UA allowed 287.6 yards per game.

“(OSU) has playmakers all over the field,” said UA defensive back Simeon Castille, who intercepted a pass. “They have a running back, two good receivers and the quarterback can make plays. It just came down to them making more plays than us.”

Shortest penalty ever

After Tommy Devereaux downed a Matt Fodge punt at the Alabama 1-yard line, the Crimson Tide was flagged for illegal procedure on first down. Half the distance to goal meant a 1⁄2 yard penalty.

The two teams combined for 13 penalties in the first half. The final 30 minutes saw just four yellow flags.

Play of the day

348-pound freshman tackle Andre Smith got in the stat column, scoring on a 2-yard lateral from John Parker Wilson. Officials threw flags on the play, but after a short caucus, ruled the play OK. The ensuing extra point tied the game at 31-31 with 8:41 left.

By the numbers

• Reid rushed for 34 yards on 10 carries on Thursday and finishes his sophomore season with 500 yards on the ground. He became the fourth Cowboy player to total at least 500 this season, a first at Oklahoma State.

Savage led the team with 820, Toston finished with 631 and Mike Hamilton totaled 546.

“I was just happy to be able to play after missing the first three games,” said Savage, a junior transfer from Columbus, Ga.

• OSU scored over 30 points in a game for the eighth time in 13 games.

• The win over Alabama was the first for OSU over an SEC team since 1998’s win over Mississippi State.

• The 458 points this season is the third most in school history.

• The 419 yards of offense were the most Alabama’s defense gave up this season.

• Senior D’Juan Woods caught three passes for 26 yards. The Millwood product caught at least one pass in 34 straight games to finish his career. His 163 catches are third-most in program history behind Rashaun Woods and Hart Lee Dykes.

• Fodge, a sophomore, averaged 44.9 yards per punt in 2006. Only Jim Benien’s 45.5 in 1971 is better.

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