OU-Oklahoma State: Live game thread – 247Sports
NORMAN, Okla. — The wait is over, and it’s time for the Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys to do battle in the 117th version of Bedlam. This one is different than many others, as the Crimson and Cream are still looking to become bowl eligible with only two games remaining.
“Yeah, again, they’ve got some good stuff on them,” said head coach Brent Venables. “Y’all already know. But Spencer Sanders, I think he started 52-ish or so games in high school as a quarterback. And then this is his 41st start, I think, in college. He might be—I bet he’s a top 10-er for sure. Can I say that, top 10-er? I can if I want. But it’s not that appropriate. So, Top 10. You know, who has 90-some starts as a quarterback? Incredibly experienced. He’s a winner. He’s instinctive. He’s fast. He’s explosive. Got a quick release. You can tell he’s played. He’s got a lot of moxie. You can tell he’s played a lot of football. The team rallies behind him, plays off of his leadership and his energy. Sometimes the worst thing you can do is cover everybody because he can really run and he’s a true dual threat guy. They’ve got designed quarterback runs for him. They do a good job of moving the launch point. But he makes all the throws, really excellent player.
“They’re averaging 35 points a game and Top 25 in scoring. Again, he leads the Big 12 in total offense, so No. 1, top guy, 290 yards a game. He’s completing over 60% of his passes. He’s an All-Big 12 returner, two wins shy of the school record for the most victories as a starting quarterback. So, I guess that means he beat Mike Gundy’s record at some point in time. So, that’s good. And then defensively they lead the Big 12 in third down defense, been really outstanding, and they’re 11th in the country in tackles for loss per game. So, they’ve been disruptive. They’ve had success. They had a tremendous year defensively last year, a lot of those same guys returning. They do have confidence. I know they’re banged up a little bit. But top to bottom I think they have belief in what they do. They had a great win, forced five turnovers against Iowa State last week.
“So, it’s gonna be a great challenge. This game is always [where] you never know how it’s gonna go. Throw the records out, as we all know. I really like 20 [Dominic Richardson], their running back. He comes downhill with purpose. They do a nice job in the run game with him as well. I know he’s an Oklahoma kid. They’ve got more Oklahoma guys on their roster than we do, and by a long ways. That’s something that I recognized when I first got the job 11 and a half months ago, you know, the depth of the [in-state kids]. And they played for the Big 12 Championship and beat us a year ago with a roster that looks like that.
“So, that’s a credit to them finding guys and developing them. And they’ve done a great job. They beat Texas. They had TCU down 28-7 or 28-0. It was 28-7 at one time, and TCU had a crazy comeback in the second half. So, [they competed with] two of the best teams this season anyway in conference. And again, you lose your starting quarterback, it’s tough. I think they have had some other injuries as well and went through a little rough patch but got a really good win against a really disciplined team in Iowa State last week. So, it’s gonna be a great challenge for us.”
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