That there is a big American playing Aussie Rules becomes obvious when Magpies forward Mason Cox says he "cussed" himself after his attempted short pass to teammate Jordan De Goey during a tense last quarter against the Bulldogs failed to hit the target.
It was Cox's only blemish in a final quarter on Friday where he proved the difference between the two teams, taking four contested marks, kicking a goal and having eight disposals in an inspired 30 minutes.
He also made a crucial smother to interrupt a Bulldogs' foray forward and was a tad relieved when the mistake was mentioned that the Magpies had finished with their noses in front.
"I was trying to waste time and I saw him wide open … it is embarrassing to miss a 15-metre kick but it happens," Cox said.
"Luckily we kicked a few more goals after that or it would have probably been scrutinised a bit more heavily. I was pretty fortunate to not have that cost us the game."
Rather than talking about a moment that may have cost the Magpies the game all the talk post-match was about Cox's massive influence on the result.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley wryly noted post-match that he will encourage Cox to take his shots for goal from 40 metres but he also praised him.
"He stood up when we needed him," Buckley said.
He stood up when we needed him.
Nathan Buckley, Collingwood coach
Cox gave the Magpie midfielders a target when under pressure, which allowed them to drive the ball forward with some confidence when the intensity lifted late in the game and to slam on five goals to one in the final quarter.
"In that fourth quarter we turned it on and showed a bit of what Collingwood footy is all about," Cox said.