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Name: Spencer Rattler (Transfer from Oklahoma)
College: South Carolina     Number: 7
Height: 6-0   Weight: 215
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Class/Draft Year: rJr/2024

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 Data Scout Notes: 2022: PUnitas/PWCampPOY/PMaxwell/PDaveyOBrien...2021: Transfer from Oklahoma…NAC...PManning/POBrien...2020: HMC/HMC-OPoY/HMC-OFoY/OBrienSemifinalist



 Spencer Rattler, South Carolina, Player News


  South Carolina's special teams led the way toward a season-opening 35-14 victory over Georgia State on Saturday night. Special teams have always been an emphasis for Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer, who watched his father, Frank, win game after game with "Beamer Ball," and its big special teams play. The approach worked as the Gamecocks pulled away from Georgia State with 23 unanswered points in the second half. The Gamecocks returned two blocked punts for touchdowns, new placekicker Mitch Jeter debuted by knocking two field goals of 50-plus yards and long snapper Hunter Rogers carried a fake field goal 5 yards for a first down that led to the Gamecocks' only first-half touchdown.

New quarterback Spencer Rattler took in a key two-point conversion in the third quarter to restore South Carolina's lead and it was just enough to squeak past a determined Panthers' squad that held a brief third-quarter advantage, 14-12. The back-breaker also came in the third, when Rashad Amos blocked a Georgia State punt and DQ Smith retrieved the carom and ran it in for a touchdown. Rattler, the former Heisman Trophy contender at Oklahoma, showed off his dynamic playmaking ability. He finished 23 of 37 passing for 226 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. - South Carolina/AP College Football


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  ESPN TOP 100 PRESEASON 2022 CFB PLAYERS (Selected Aug. 17): No. 78. Spencer Rattler, QB, South Carolina, Junior. Notable 2021 stats: 1,493 yards, 11 TD in 9 games. Last year's ranking: 1. He may have gone from Heisman favorite to second-stringer at Oklahoma last year, but his numbers are still top-notch: a 70% career completion rate, 4,595 career passing yards and 40 touchdowns to only 12 interceptions. His ceiling remains immense as he enters the second act of his college football career. - ESPN.com

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  2022 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF YEAR PLAYER TO WATCH: Spencer Rattler, QB, junior, South Carolina,...Rattler, a 6-1, 215-pound transfer quarterback from Phoenix, Ariz., enrolled at Carolina prior to the spring semester following three seasons at Oklahoma where he played in 23 games and posted a 15-2 record as a starter. The Arizona product completed 70.1 percent of his passes (361-for-515) for 4,595 yards with 40 touchdowns to his credit. Rattler also threw at least one touchdown pass in 16 of his 17 collegiate starts with the Sooners. There are 44 offensive players (22 quarterbacks, 12 running backs and 10 receivers/tight ends) on the preseason watch list along with eight from the defensive side of the ball. - South Carolina Football

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  Spencer Rattler wasn't at the Southeastern Conference Media Days event last week, but you wouldn't know it. His teammates - Jovaughn Gwyn, Dakereon Joyner and Zacch Pickens - were asked about him. Head coach Shane Beamer was, too. Even other SEC quarterbacks were queried on the ex-Oklahoma signal-caller. "It's kind of crazy because he was my roommate there (at the Manning Passing Academy)," said Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson, who went against Rattler in a throwing contest at the camp that later went viral. "Meeting him, talking to him, getting to know him - it was pretty fun." Rattler is a question mark.

His benching in 2021 at Oklahoma makes him as such. But his arm talent and oozing potential make South Carolina as hard a team as any to peg in the preaseason prognostications. It's also part of why the Gamecocks have had more offseason exposure than they've had since Steve Spurrier patrolled the sidelines. "I think the most noise we made at SEC Media Days last year was when we re-enacted the Coach Spurrier Arby's picture on the way back to the airport. But there was very little talk about our football team," Beamer quipped. "That's different this year. People are talking about us nationally, which is what we want. We have high expectations at South Carolina. People are talking about our players as individuals more nationally than what they were last year. There's more buzz about this program right now." - Rock Hill Herald


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  South Carolina took the stage at SEC Media Days on Tuesday, but without perhaps its most recognizable player. Quarterback Spencer Rattler was not among the group of Gamecocks players selected to attend the annual event in Atlanta this week. USC head coach Shane Beamer explained the decision during a meeting with local reporters. "In my mind, it was three guys that epitomize what this program is about," Beamer said. "Three guys that are great leaders of our program. Jovaughn (Gwyn) is a returning captain. Zacch (Pickens) has played a lot of football. (Dakereon Joyner) has done what he's done. And Spencer will have enough opportunities to be in the limelight, for sure. "I reached out to Spencer, just to make sure he understood why I wasn't bringing him and he was great. He's like, 'You don't have to call me. Take those guys. they're deserving. There will enough opportunities as the year goes."

Rattler came to South Carolina in December after a three-year spell at Oklahoma that ebbed and flowed dramatically. The former five-star recruit was lauded as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate heading into last season before he was benched in favor of blue-chip freshman Caleb Williams. The Arizona native finished his time in Norman completing 361 of his 515 attempts (70.1%) for 4,595 yards passing and 40 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions. "He wasn't going to follow me if I was at a program that he didn't believe in, that he didn't think he could be successful, that he didn't feel like he could maximize his ability as a quarterback and as a football player on a football team," Beamer said Tuesday of whether his prior relationship with Rattler as an assistant at Oklahoma played a part in landing him in Columbia. "If he didn't feel like he could do that, he wouldn't have followed me to that to a school. He feels like he can do that at South Carolina and the fact that we had a connection - me and him and Austin Stogner - was obviously an added bonus and Spencer has been great since he got here." - Rock Hill Herald


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  2022 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Spencer Rattler, South Carolina,...After three largely successful seasons as quarterback for Oklahoma, Spencer Rattler's career went sideways. Last year, during Oklahoma's match-up against Texas, Rattler was benched for Caleb Williams in the second quarter. On November 5, 2021, Rattler's personal QB coach, Mike Giovando, announced that Rattler would be leaving Oklahoma University at the end of the season. On November 29, 2021, following the departure of head coach Lincoln Riley to USC, Rattler entered the NCAA transfer portal. On December 13, 2021, Rattler announced he would transfer to South Carolina with the jersey number 7. So he begins what is probably his final college year at South Carolina with career totals of 17 starts (15-2), 515 passes, 361 completions (70.1 pct) for 4,595 yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. And on a lot of curious watch lists. - South Carolina Football and Rattler's Wikipedia page

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  At this point a year ago, the Oklahoma quarterback was being touted as the probable No. 1 overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. By midseason, however, Rattler had been benched in favor of Caleb Williams. By season's end, Rattler had exited Norman to rejoin Beamer, a former Oklahoma assistant. "I don't know if there's pressure," Beamer said of expectations for Rattler in Columbia. "People forget, Spencer Rattler was the starting quarterback at Oklahoma. He had some pretty high amount of pressure replacing guys by the name of Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, and Jalen Hurts."

How'd he do? In 2020, Rattler completed 67.5 percent of his passes and threw for 28 touchdowns with seven interceptions. Last year, the Phoenix native completed 74.9 percent of his throws for 11 touchdowns and five picks. He has the physical gifts, he can put it all together. "Me and Spencer's lockers are right next to each other," said Joyner, who has also played quarterback for South Carolina. "He's a natural-born leader. A great guy. He doesn't get enough credit his leadership capabilities. He's a great guy that we all love." Said Beamer, "We've got to be great around Spencer." - Herald Leader


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  2022 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD WATCH LIST: Spencer Rattler, South Carolina, Jr., 6-1, 210, Phoenix, Ariz.,...Rattler is a 6-1, 215-pound quarterback who enrolled at South Carolina for the spring semester. He played in 23 games over the past three seasons at Oklahoma under head coach Lincoln Riley, posting a 15-2 record as a starter. He completed 70.1 percent of his passes (361-for-515) for 4,595 yards with 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He threw for a career-high 387 yards against Kansas State in 2020 and tossed a career-high five touchdowns against Western Carolina in 2021. Rattler had three other games with four TD passes and threw at least one touchdown pass in 16 of his 17 career starts. - South Carolina Football

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  Spencer Rattler brings a substantial amount of publicity to South Carolina's starting quarterback position this season, and the Gamecocks are hoping the talent that never left him throughout last season's benching at Oklahoma has come with him. It certainly seemed to show itself in the spring game, one glimpse at a time, as neither he nor the coaches needed to display everything in a glorified scrimmage. "We'll build this offense around what we do best, but Spencer is certainly a guy that one, has played a lot of football, and has a lot more experience than those other quarterbacks do, and two, he has a unique skillset," coach Shane Beamer said in the spring. "He has great arm talent but he's athletic enough that he can run around as well." Glowing words.

The same kind of illumination, if different terminology, that surrounded Luke Doty. And Ryan Hilinksi. And Brandon McIlwain. And Connor Mitch. Rattler brings skill, poise and presence to the pocket, but the Gamecocks are hoping that square one is stabilized before imagining what he can build on top of it. That means Rattler stays under center for the entire season, instead of handing his ticket to the caretaker of the USC QB Merry-Go-Round. Since 2015, the Gamecocks have had one stretch where they could rely on the same man at quarterback. - The Post and Courier


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  Spencer Rattler wanted a fresh start when he decided to enter the NCAA's transfer portal after spending three seasons at Oklahoma. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound quarterback said he found that destination when he moved to South Carolina. "It's a great opportunity to get a fresh start with a great team," Rattler said while attending the Manning Passing Academy held at Nicholls State on Friday. "A lot of people don't realize how many weapons we have. I'm excited to get the ball into those guys hands and try to get them farther." Rattler played a major role in Oklahoma's success in recent seasons.

He played in 23 games over three seasons at Oklahoma, posting a 15-2 record in those starts. He completed 70.1% of his passes (361-for-515) for 4,595 yards with 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also rushed 127 times for 260 yards. Rattler helped guide the Sooners to the 2020 Big 12 Championship in this redshirt freshman season. He was among the Heisman Trophy favorites heading into 2021 but was benched in the middle of the season. Rattler said it was tough to leave Oklahoma, but he believes it was the right move. "The biggest thing I learned from my time at Oklahoma was fighting through adversity," Rattler said. "Playing quarterback is always going to put you through adversity. We had a lot of success at Oklahoma. We won a lot of games and conference championships. I had a great time there, but it was time to move on and help out someone new." - Daily Oklahoman


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  South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer said on Tuesday at the SEC coaches meetings that he found some NIL deals since committing to the Gamecocks, but none of that was agreed upon before he announced his commitment - including quarterback Spencer Rattler. "From our end, none," Beamer said, via Emerson. "Now I know he's worked out some deals since he got to South Carolina, and good for him. But on the front end, nothing." Rattler began his career at Oklahoma, and he turned into a Heisman contender following a strong 2020 season. But Rattler was disappointed with the Sooners and was eventually benched in favor of Caleb Williams, then entered the portal. Rattler played under Beamer before, so the two had a prior relationship when the quarterback hit the portal. - The State

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  South Carolina revealed its first three kickoff times for the 2022 football season on May 26. The Gamecocks will host Georgia State at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 3; start at noon on Sept. 10 at Arkansas; and kick off at noon on Sept. 17 when defending national champion Georgia comes to Williams-Brice Stadium. The Georgia State game will be on ESPN Plus/SEC Network Plus. Arkansas and Georgia will each be on ESPN.

The rest of the season's kickoffs will be announced 12 days before each game. It will be the first meeting between the Gamecocks and Georgia State, the Panthers starting their program in 2010 under the leadership of longtime SEC head coach Bill Curry. Familiarity dots the matchup as the Panthers are now led by Shawn Elliott, the Gamecocks' former offensive line coach and interim head coach for the final six games of the 2015 season, after Steve Spurrier quit. - The Post and Courier


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  Quarterback Todd Ellis' passing numbers for the Gamecocks rank among the best in program history. If all goes according to plan, though, they might just be touched in 2022. With the import of former Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, the University of South Carolina football team arguably boasts its biggest-armed passer since Ellis patrolled the huddle at Williams-Brice Stadium in the late 1980s. But that certainly doesn't bother Ellis, who's spent the better part of 30 years as the radio voice of USC football and was celebrated Monday for his 2020 induction into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. “You don't want to step in there early and say, ‘By the way, I'm Todd Ellis, the leading passer all-time and the voice of the Gamecocks. - Rock Hill Herald

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  Scoping SEC QB transfers: Eleven quarterbacks transferred to 10 SEC schools this offseason, with South Carolina's Spencer Rattler the lone guaranteed starter of the entire group. Here ares On3.com ratings - No. 1. Spencer Rattler, South Carolina (from Oklahoma). The easiest layup among the 11 transfers, as Rattler cemented his hold on the Gamecocks' starting job the second he arrived in Columbia. The preseason Heisman Trophy favorite a year ago, Rattler could make South Carolina history with a big 2022 season - becoming the school's first All-SEC quarterback ever. The focus this summer is for Rattler to continue to grow comfortable in Marcus Satterfield's offense, building rapport with a new group of wideouts and tight ends. - On3.com

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  Poised for a 2022 standout season: Former Oklahoma starting quarterback Spencer Rattler appears poised to take over the Gamecocks offense. South Carolina would love it if he could replicate a terrific redshirt freshman season in 2020. Rattler was 15-2 as a starter for the Sooners, completing 70.1% of his passes for 4,595 yards. He passed for 40 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. - AP College Football

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  Fifteen practices, including a scrimmage open to the public, and umpteen meetings spliced with individual skill work. Such is the college football spring season, AKA the appetizer that's never enough to sate the taste that will linger for the next four months. South Carolina's Garnet & Black Spring Game ended on April 16 and intact were the same feelings as before it. The spotlight was on starting quarterback Spencer Rattler and he did well. Not flawless, not horrendous, not flashy, just well. He was 8-of-10 for 79 yards and made some plays with his legs, rushing six times for 29 yards (but a net of minus-17 due to taking four sacks).

It wasn't Rattler's fault his protection was leaky but he showed the awareness of when it was coming, and an ability to get rid of the ball. That was also a nod to offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield, who mostly kept one receiver close by Rattler just in case he needed a bailout. "We made some plays, for sure. Obviously, we wanted to have more explosives. We connected on some quick-gain stuff," Rattler said. "That defense has been seeing all of our plays the whole spring so they're going to have an idea of what we're doing, but we still got to execute, no matter what." Nothing against what last year's rotation of QBs and what they had to go through, but Rattler stabilizes the position. Everything offensively flows from there. - The Post and Courier


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  For the first time since South Carolina shook the college football world with the signing of transfer quarterback Spencer Rattler, head coach Shane Beamer was able to speak publicly on the move. Speaking with College Sports Today on ESPNU Radio on Wednesday afternoon, Beamer shared the excitement of landing Rattler, a transfer QB from Oklahoma, along with Sooners tight end Austin Stogner. Beamer got to know Rattler while he was an assistant coach on Lincoln Riley's Oklahoma staff. "I think it's huge," Beamer said. "I know it's huge. One, because of the kind of player he is. I was around him at Oklahoma. I know what kind of player he is and what kind of person he is, and I'm excited about adding him to our roster. But then just his name and the reputation he has and the excitement and buzz it generated for South Carolina football was amazing." Rattler and Stogner both announced their commitments to the Gamecocks late Monday night before officially signing financial aid agreements on Tuesday night - the eve of college football's early signing period.

Beamer said the news of Rattler's signing energized the team's recruits. "The news comes out a couple nights ago ... and immediately the amount of recruits that were texting me about it, normally it's me communicating with them through text and FaceTime - but they're hitting me up about their excitement that Spencer Rattler is coming here," Beamer said. "I think it makes a great statement about what this program's about. Spencer could've gone anywhere in the country and chose to come here for his 2022 season of football." - Rock Hill Herald


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  Shane Beamer's rebuilding project just shot into the stratosphere. Already aiming at a significant National Signing Day on Dec. 15, South Carolina was rocket-propelled into the recruiting spotlight two days prior. Spencer Rattler, the former top-ranked quarterback prospect in his class, 2020 National Freshman of the Year at Oklahoma and Big 12 Co-Newcomer of the Year, announced on Dec. 13 that he will transfer to USC.

Rattler lost his starting job to freshman Caleb Williams this season after throwing five interceptions to 11 touchdowns and presiding over a stagnant offense. Even with a coaching change - Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables was hired to replace Lincoln Riley, who left Oklahoma for Southern Cal - the days were being counted from when Rattler lost his spot to when he would pick a new school. Beamer, who came from Oklahoma to USC before the 2021 season, clearly knew Rattler, but the Gamecocks were considered a longshot to land him. It seemed logical that Rattler would return closer to his Phoenix hometown. - The Post and Courier


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  One-time Heisman Trophy contender Spencer Rattler is leaving Oklahoma for South Carolina to join former Sooners' assistant Shane Beamer. Rattler tweeted Monday night that he had committed to the Gamecocks. The post showed Rattler in a South Carolina uniform with the Gamecocks' logo in the background with the words, "COMMITTED." "Excited for the next chapter," Rattler's post said. The 6-foot-1 redshirt sophomore spent his first three seasons with the Sooners, and was considered among the top candidates for the Heisman Trophy entering the 2021 season. But he lost the starting job to Caleb Williams and said he was leaving the program when the year ended.

Rattler played in nine games this season, completing 140 of 187 passes for 1,483 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. One of Rattler's targets at Oklahoma, tight end Austin Stogner, also tweeted he was heading to South Carolina. Stogner's post looked similar to Rattler's, and added, "Let's roll." Stogner is 6-foot-6 junior from Plano, Texas, who had 14 catches for 166 yards and three touchdowns. His best season with the Sooners was in 2020 when he had 26 receptions for 422 yards and three TDs. - AP College Football


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  Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, a preseason All-American who lost the starting job early in the season, announced on social media Monday that he will enter the transfer portal. The decision came a day after coach Lincoln Riley's decision to leave for Southern California. Rattler was a five-star prospect and the top high school quarterback in the class of 2019. After a successful 2020 season, he entered this season as a potential Heisman Trophy candidate. But he struggled at times to move the team and was booed by the home fans during a close call against West Virginia. He was benched after a slow start against Texas, and Caleb Williams took over and rallied the team to victory. Williams kept the starting job, though Rattler eventually regained favor with the fans.

For the season, the Phoenix native completed 75% of his passes for 1,483 yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. In 11 games last season, Rattler passed for 3,031 yards with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He led the Sooners to a 55-20 win over Florida in the Cotton Bowl, setting up all the hype heading into this season. Rattler's decision also comes as a number of Oklahoma recruits have chosen to decommit. Five-star quarterback Malachi Nelson, one of the top prospects in the class of 2023, is just one of those to open up his options. - AP College Football


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  Spencer Rattler was the man heading into the season. Now he might not even be the starter. The Oklahoma quarterback had everything going for himself two months ago. He was a preseason Associated Press first-team All-American who was at the forefront of Heisman Trophy conversations. He was among the most visible players taking advantage of NCAA rules changes that now allow athletes to cash in on their celebrity. Caleb Williams replaced him last Saturday and rallied the Sooners to a 55-48 win over Texas. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley wouldn't say how he will play his quarterbacks heading into the fourth-ranked Sooners' game against TCU (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) on Saturday.

He said he's not a fan of two-quarterback systems, but wouldn't rule anything out that he thought would help the team. "I don't plan on naming a starting quarterback this week," Riley said. "We'll see how the week plays out and we'll see where we are when we get to Saturday. The guys have done well. They practiced well today. We'll see how it goes. We'll see Saturday at 6:30." Oklahoma is handling the situation delicately. Rattler normally talks with reporters on Wednesday, but Oklahoma (6-0, 3-0) canceled its weekly Zoom sessions. - AP College Football


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  Spencer Rattler threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns, Oklahoma had two crucial calls overturned in its favor after video reviews, and the sixth-ranked Sooners recovered an onside kick with just over a minute left to hold off Kansas State 37-31 on Saturday. Kennedy Brooks added 91 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Jeremiah Hall reached the end zone twice, as the Sooners (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) overcame a slew of penalties on their offensive line to beat the Wildcats for the first time in three tries. Skylar Thompson returned from a knee injury to throw for 320 yards and three scores for the Wildcats (3-2, 0-2). Deuce Vaughn had 51 yards rushing to go with 10 catches for 104 yards and a score, and Malik Knowles returned a kick 93 yards for a touchdown with 1:20 remaining for the final margin.

Earlier in the second half, the Sooners twice had to sweat out video reviews. The first came when Kansas State recovered an onside kick trailing 27-10 in the third quarter, and referee Kevin Hassell went to confirm the ball traveled 10 yards. It did, but the Sooners challenged the play again, contending kicker Ty Zentner had accidentally kicked the ball twice - which he also did. The illegal touching gave Oklahoma the ball. The second review came after the Wildcats got the ball back trailing 27-17 in the fourth. Landry Weber was ruled to have caught a pass converting fourth down, but the ball had clearly hit the ground and another play was overturned. Hall scored his second TD on a shovel pass a few minutes later to help Oklahoma put away the game. - Oklahoma/AP College Football


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  Spencer Rattler passed for a touchdown and ran for another, and No. 3 Oklahoma held on to beat Nebraska 23-16 on Saturday. Celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the "Game of the Century" - No. 1 Nebraska's 35-31 win over No. 2 Oklahoma in 1971, the teams rewarded their nostalgic fans with a competitive contest. In the first meeting between the former conference rivals since 2010, Nebraska got the ball trailing by a touchdown with 57 seconds remaining and no timeouts. The Cornhuskers could not manage a first down. Eric Gray ran for 84 yards on 15 carries and Kennedy Brooks added 75 yards on 14 attempts for the Sooners (3-0). Adrian Martinez passed for 289 yards and a touchdown for Nebraska (2-2), which was seeking its first win over a ranked team since 2015. - Oklahoma Football/AP College Football

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  Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler and his teammates felt the pressure after barely beating Tulane in the season opener. The Sooners stewed for a week, then took out their frustration on Western Carolina. Rattler threw five touchdown passes, and No. 4 Oklahoma rolled past the Catamounts 76-0 on Saturday night. "When we got in the facility on Monday, even on Sunday, the vibe was uncomfortable," Rattler said. "We knew what we had to do. We were challenged this past week and came out here today and executed our plays, went through the reads, played hard for four quarters. And that was our big thing - four quarters and finish. We did well with that." Oklahoma matched its fifth-highest point total in school history and posted its highest score since 2007. It was the program's third-largest margin of victory, behind 77-0 wins over Missouri in 1986 and Texas A&M in 2003.

The Sooners led 62-0 after three quarters, and the fourth quarter was shortened to 12 minutes. Rattler completed 20 of 26 passes for 243 yards before resting in the second half of Oklahoma's 10th straight victory. He joined Jason White as the only Sooners to pass for five touchdowns in a half. He threw two interceptions against Tulane, but took a step forward on Saturday. "I think he was just more patient," Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. "Really, just a mindset to just go execute and really never got off of that, and that's what the best ones do. They can get in that kind of high level of focus and be able to maintain it, and he was much better there today." - Oklahoma/AP College Football


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  Oklahoma nearly took its hospitality too far. The Sooners' game against Tulane was relocated from New Orleans because of Hurricane Ida, and Oklahoma's athletic department and fans went all out to make their guests feel at home. Oklahoma had the Green Wave painted on the 25-yard lines, and Sooners fans cheered when Tulane's players ran into the field before the game. The Sooners then nearly let the Green Wave claim their first win over a Top 10 opponent since 1973.

Spencer Rattler passed for 304 yards and a touchdown and No. 2 Oklahoma, playing a road game on its home field, narrowly avoided a shocking upset by holding on for a 40-35 victory over Tulane on Saturday. "That was one of the hardest hitting teams, one of the most physical teams I've played," Rattler said. "They came out there, and they played great, better than us, for sure. They wanted to win more than us. You could tell it. We have to be cleaner, sharper, and have to be better." The Sooners, who led 40-22 early in the fourth quarter, gave up a pair of late touchdowns. Tulane had fourth-and-13 just short of midfield with just under two minutes to go when quarterback Michael Pratt ran for only 12 yards and the Green Wave turned the ball over on downs. The Sooners ran out the clock. Oklahoma led 37-14 at halftime. - Oklahoma/AP College Football


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  Spencer Rattler has never shied away from dreaming big. "I've been setting goals since I can remember," the OU quarterback said. "I just got off the phone with my quarterback coach a while ago. … We've been talking about national championships, Heismans, since I was 8 years old. To be pretty close to it, and going for that goal, is something we've got to check off the box. "I've checked off a lot of boxes (and) I'm excited to see what boxes I can check off, hopefully." Rattler enters the 2021 season, which the Sooners start at 11 a.m. Saturday against Tulane in New Orleans, as the Heisman Trophy favorite and he's a big reason why OU is a national championship contender.

He's become one of the faces of college football, one of its most marketable personalities in a year where - with the NCAA's new Name, Image, and Likeness rules - being marketable as a college player means more than it ever has. Rattler was one of the first college athletes on Cameo, a site that allows fans to buy personalized videos from celebrities, and for awhile was the most expensive. As of Saturday morning, Cameos from Rattler started at $179. Among college athletes on the site, only Texas running back Bijan Robinson, at $189, draws more. In late July, just before Sooners preseason camp opened, Rattler became the first college athlete to sign autographs at a major memorabilia convention when he appeared at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago. An autograph from Rattler cost $150, photos with him another $150 and inscriptions were $60. - Daily Oklahoman


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  Spencer Rattler hasn't taken his eyes off the task at hand. From launching his own clothing line to signing autographs at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, the OU quarterback has been a busy man following the NCAA's change to its rules on Name, Image and Likeness. But, with the Sooners' fall camp set to begin on Friday, Rattler's main focus is still on the football field. "I just feel comfortable going into tomorrow, just focused," Rattler said. "I just feel in control. We've got a good group of guys - a great group of guys - on this team. It's going to be a fun season." Rattler is just one of the many college athletes who is cashing in on the NIL era, leaving OU head coach Lincoln Riley and his staff with yet another thing on their plate to monitor. "We want our guys to be able to capitalize," Riley said. "And, admittedly, I think there'll be some trial and error with this. We're all learning. It's really new." Rattler enters the season as a front-runner in the Heisman Trophy race, and the expectations for OU are just as high. - Daily Oklahoman

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  Quarterback Spencer Rattler also heads into the season as an early Heisman favorite, and several coaches referred to his growth throughout last season as a key reason why he's a problem for opposing teams. Riley fielded a lot of questions about Rattler, and discussed the work he's done this offseason. "His body is starting to change. He's starting to put on more muscle," Riley said. "He's starting to move a little bit better. He's more explosive. You hope that shows up from a durability standpoint… He's already very talented when he gets out of the pocket, extending plays and all that. If you can increase his ability to do that, then you give him a chance to do the things that he does the very best. "I think for that position, it's big. When you have a guy who is a talented thrower, the more times that he can get himself in different positions to do it, the better he is going to be. That's been a big focal point here." - Norman Transcript

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  Despite not being in Arlington, Rattler's sure to be a big topic of discussion. Pre-season buzz has Rattler an early favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, and he's even projected as a No. 1 pick in some way-too-early 2022 NFL mock drafts. It's not hard to see why. The redshirt sophomore overcame early inconsistency and a first-half benching against Texas to lead OU to eight straight victories to finish the season. The offense he directed averaged 43 points per game, sixth most in the nation. Rattler also finished the season with 3,031 yards passing and 28 touchdowns against seven interceptions. Caleb Williams put on a show in the spring game in April, and the highly-recruited true freshman could see his opportunity sooner rather than later, especially if Rattler jumps to the NFL after this season. But for now, it's Rattler's team. - Norman Transcript

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  OU star quarterback Spencer Rattler was named the Big 12's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year by the conference's media on Wednesday and was one of 10 Sooners named to the team. Transfer running back Eric Gray was voted the Newcomer of the Year. Oklahoma State had two selections: offensive lineman Josh Sills and safety Kolby Harvell-Peel. But the team was full of Sooners flavor. Rattler, a Heisman Trophy contender, is coming off a season in which he passed for 3,112 yards and 28 touchdowns in 11 games. He also rushed for six TDs. Gray transferred from Tennessee after he led the team with 772 rushing yards. He also caught 30 passes, which was second on the team. He was not selected to the overall team by the media. - Daily Oklahoman

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  It's a decision that allows athletes to profit off their individual brands, and few players in college sports will be able to do so as much as Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, who has about 63,000 followers on Twitter and 377,000 followers on Instagram. The 6-foot-1 redshirt sophomore boasts the best odds to win the 2021 Heisman Trophy from betting sites such as Draft Kings and MyBookie.org, and he's widely believed to be the top pick in next year's NFL Draft. Rattler voiced his excitement for the rule change on Wednesday in a statement that also featured the unveiling of his brand logo, which is a rattlesnake contorting its body into the shape of Rattler's initials. "I am excited for the opportunities ahead with name, image and likeness," Rattler posted on Twitter. "This is a great new era for college athletes. At the same time, we must continue to prioritize academics and athletics."

Rattler stated that he will donate a part of any earnings to help underserved people and underserved communities. "We as players must use our platform and this new NIL opportunity to do good in the world," Rattler said. "The time is now." Those earnings have already begun to come in as Rattler announced his first partnership on Thursday with Cameo, an online service that lets people hire public figures to create personalized videos. For individual users, the price of a video from Rattler is $125. For brands and businesses seeking an endorsement from the star quarterback, the price skyrockets to $2,500. - Daily Oklahoman


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  For the first time since 2017, an Oklahoma quarterback won't be selected in the NFL draft. It's unlikely that happens again next year. Several teams will bank on the likes of Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, Alabama's Mac Jones and Ohio State's Justin Fields to become their next franchise quarterback when the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. OU redshirt sophomore Spencer Rattler is poised to follow in their footsteps in 2022 if the former five-star recruit's second year as the Sooners' starting quarterback lives up to his lofty expectations. "I don't try to set a roof on what I can do as a player on the field," Rattler said. "...I want to be the most unstoppable quarterback, best quarterback in the country coming up to this year and put on a show and do it with my guys."

Rattler, of course, hasn't finalized any plans to enter next year's draft. He will be eligible for it, though, and that's enough for Rattler to start seeing his name floated as the first quarterback taken in 2022. If Rattler were to go No. 1 overall, he'd become OU coach Lincoln Riley's top pick in the draft since 2018, joining former Sooner quarterbacks and Heisman Trophy winners Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. He'd be the fourth OU quarterback taken during that span, which includes OU's 2019 starter, Jalen Hurts, going in the second round of last year's draft. - Norman Transcript


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  Spencer Rattler has Heisman Trophy expectations and the Sooners have national title aspirations, so the quarterback's development has been one of the main storylines of spring. One of the main lessons Rattler says he learned during the 2020 OU football season? Eliminating mistakes. That was especially apparent during the Red River game. "I just knew I had to just step it up a little bit," he said. "I could flip a switch and lock into a mode where I feel like I'm in control now with my decisions on the field, my play, my energy, how guys around me are bringing their energy and this and that. Just being a leader, being a confident quarterback, you have to have that mindset." - Daily Oklahoman

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  Lincoln Riley expects more from Spencer Rattler in 2021. Much more. "The thing that he's got to continue to challenge himself to do mentally is you've got to be careful because if you do this you'll stop progressing," Riley said of his quarterback. "You can't say, 'Well, I've been a starting quarterback for a year, I know this system, my work ethic, my study habits, my focus in meetings, my attention to detail, like, I'm good. Like I got it.' "No, you don't got it. You never get it. It's a constant battle to get better. The starting point is way better and if he'll continue to work." The OU standard at quarterback is sky high.

That's what having a five-year run of Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray and Jalen Hurts will do. Rattler was good last year - throwing for 3,031 yards and 28 touchdowns with seven interceptions - but more is expected of him in 2021. Last year, Rattler embraced those expectations and is doing it once again. "I don't try to set a roof on what I can do as a player on the field," Rattler said. "I'm not overstressing or another, I just go out there and play ball. "I want to be the most unstoppable quarterback, best quarterback in the country coming up this year and put on a show and do it with my guys." - Daily Oklahoman


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  For the first time since Baker Mayfield's senior season in 2017, OU has a quarterback returning. While Spencer Rattler put up strong numbers as a redshirt freshman last season - 3,031 yards and 28 touchdowns with seven interceptions in 11 games - Sooners coach Lincoln Riley expects a significant step forward and issued what amounted to a challenge heading into spring practice. "I expect him to improve a lot, no doubt about it," Riley said. "There's so many areas for him to grow. We really challenged him physically to make some of the gains that he's capable of making and needs to make. That comes now from a guy who has been through an offseason. "There's so many guys when they get here during an offseason, it becomes about survival and just kind of making it. A lot of times you see guys as they go further on in their careers, the offseason goals become a little more intentional. This is exactly what I'm trying to accomplish. Coach (Bennie) Wylie says it all the time. These guys have to put in the extra time. And if you have big goals, the extra is not extra. He says that all the time. It's part of what you should do." Rattler and the Sooners begin spring practice Monday, working toward the spring game April 24. - Daily Oklahoman

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  After a solid freshman campaign, OU quarterback Spencer Rattler is projected to win the 2021 Heisman Trophy at 7/1 odds, according to SportsBettingDime.com. Quarterbacks have won the award in nine of the past 11 years, and it's projected to see a return to that pattern next year with Rattler. In his first year as the Sooners' starter, Rattler posted 3,031 passing yards and 28 passing touchdowns with just seven interceptions. He also tacked on six rushing touchdowns. Rattler already has a leg up on his top competition, as no other projected top-four finisher has started more than four games at their respective schools. Clemson's freshman QB D.J. Uiagalelei trails Rattler with 9/1 odds, followed by Georgia transfer QB JT Daniels with 11/1 odds and Alabama's freshman passer Bryce Young with 13/1 odds to win. - Daily Oklahoman

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  Spencer Rattler threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score, Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for 186 yards and No. 8 Oklahoma beat 10th-ranked SEC runner-up Florida 55-20 on Wednesday night in the Cotton Bowl. Back in the same NFL stadium where 11 days earlier they won their sixth consecutive Big 12 title, the Sooners (9-2, No. 6 CFP) jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first seven minutes. The 55 points were their most ever in a bowl game, while piling up a Cotton Bowl-record 684 total yards. Rattler threw a 27-yard TD pass to fellow freshman Marvin Mims on the game's opening drive, and Florida's first possession ended with Tre Norwood's 45-yard interception return for a touchdown. That was the first of three picks thrown by Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Kyle Trask in the first quarter, after only five all season.

Oklahoma played in its sixth consecutive New Year's Six bowl game, but the last three seasons had lost College Football Playoffs semifinal games while giving up an average of 54 points to different SEC teams. The Sooners finished this season with an eight-game winning streak. They had started 0-2 in Big 12 play for the first time since 1998, effectively knocking them out of playoff contention by mid-October. These Gators (8-4, No. 7 CFP) were much different than the team that just 11 days earlier fell 52-46 to No. 1 Alabama in the SEC title game, and had averaged nearly 42 points a game. - AP College Football


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  Oklahoma's 27-21 triumph over Iowa State in the Big 12 championship game marked the Sooners' FBS-leading 50th conference title. Nebraska ranks second among all FBS programs with 46 conference titles. But this is the first Oklahoma team to win a conference title after starting out 0-2 in league play. The Sooners have won seven straight since falling to Kansas Stat and Iowa State early in the season. Clemson and Oklahoma are the first teams in any active conference to win six consecutive league titles outright. Oklahoma won 12 straight outright league titles from 1948-59 in the Big Eight, which no longer exists. - AP College Football

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  2020 ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: Spencer Rattler (OPoY, OFoY, QB),...Several Sooners also earned honorable mention recognition at their respective positions: redshirt sophomore linebacker Brian Asamoah, redshirt sophomore linebacker Nik Bonitto, redshirt junior offensive lineman Marquis Hayes, Mims (kick/punt returner), redshirt junior defensive back Tre Norwood, redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler, senior running back Rhamondre Stevenson, sophomore tight end Austin Stogner, junior defensive back Delarrin Turner-Yell, sophomore wide receiver Theo Wease and junior linebacker DaShaun White. In addition, Brkic (special teams), freshman defensive back D.J. Graham (defensive freshman), Mims (offensive freshman), Rattler (offensive player/offensive freshman), Thomas (defensive lineman), redshirt freshman defensive back Woodi Washington (defensive freshman), and Winfrey (defensive newcomer) received at least one vote each for the respective individual awards. - Oklahoma Football

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  Spencer Rattler threw a 45-yard touchdown to Marvin Mims and also ran for a score as No. 12 Oklahoma won its sixth consecutive Big 12 title, holding on to beat No. 8 Iowa State 27-21 in the conference championship game Saturday. That impressive title streak probably won't be enough to get the Sooners (8-2, No. 10 CFP) back in the College Football Playoff for the fourth year in a row, even when paired with their seven-game winning streak. Oklahoma lost at Iowa State on Oct. 3 and was 0-2 in Big 12 play for the first time since 1998.

Big 12 rushing leader Breece Hall ran for two touchdowns for the Cyclones (8-3, No. 6 CFP) in the second half, when Oklahoma punted on its first five drives before Gabe Brkic's 32-yard field goal with 2:01 left. The Sooners finally clinched the game when Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy was under pressure and threw his third interception, a fluttering pass picked off by Tre Brown inside the 10. The Sooners will play in a New Year's Six game, probably back at AT&T Stadium, after winning their fourth Big 12 championship in a row since the title game was reinstated - with four different starting quarterbacks. Rattler, who finished 22-of-34 passing for 272 yards and his 25th TD, is the first of those QBs who went to Oklahoma as a freshman instead of transferring into the program. - AP College Football


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  2020 DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD SEMIFINALIST: Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma, Fr.,...Rattler is one of only two freshmen and one of three Big 12 quarterbacks among the 17 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award. The redshirt freshman has completed 178 of 260 passes (69%) for 2,512 yards and 24 touchdowns, compiling a 174.7 passing efficiency rating. He has also rushed for four TDs. He has thrown for at least two touchdown passes in eight of nine games, has registered at least three TD passes in four contests and had four in the Missouri State, Kansas State and Oklahoma State outings.

Among freshman quarterbacks, the Phoenix, Ariz., product paces the country in passing touchdowns (24), passing offense (279.1 ypg), yards per pass attempt (9.7) and total offense (290.6 ypg). Among all players who have played more than three games this season, Rattler ranks eighth in passing TDs, 10th in yards per pass attempt, 12th in pass efficiency rating (174.7), 16th in yards per completion (14.1), 15th in completion percentage (68.5) and 18th in passing offense. - Oklahoma Football


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  NOV 23 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER & NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Spencer Rattler, QB, R-Fr., Oklahoma,...Rattler threw for 301 yards and accounted for all five of Oklahoma's touchdowns in a 41-13 win over No. 14 Oklahoma State. The redshirt freshman completed 17-of-24 pass attempts (71%) for 301 yards and four TDs, while rushing for a nine-yard score in the 28-point victory. He accounted for touchdowns on OU's first three possessions of the game as it opened a 21-0 lead by the 7:53 mark of the first quarter. - Big 12 Football

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  Oklahoma, which beat Texas Tech 62-28, led 48-14 at halftime - the most points the Sooners have scored through two quarters since putting up 49 on Nebraska in a 62-28 win in 2008. The Sooners led Tech 21-7 after the first quarter and have outscored opponents 89-10 in the first 15 minutes this season. Virginia, in beating then-No. 15 North Carolina 44-41, scored its most points against a Top 25 opponent since beating West Virginia 48-22 in the 2002 Continental Tire Bowl. - AP College Football

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  Patterson also spoke on Oklahoma's young quarterback Spencer Rattler saying he has great skills and will be a great quarterback. Rattler follows in the footsteps of many Heisman candidates and winners at Oklahoma. Having Rattler as the leader of the Oklahoma offense has been something different for the Sooners as the quarterbacks they have had the last few seasons have been upper classmen. Patterson says, "He [Rattler] is no different than Max Duggan a year ago." Despite being a younger quarterback, Rattler has found a way to bring the same "it" factor as the past Sooner quarterbacks, and is still one of the leading scorers in the nation. - Dallas Morning News

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  It was late in the first frame when Sooner quarterback Spencer Rattler failed to see lurking Longhorn linebacker DeMar Overshown, who picked him off, leading to Texas' first points of the game, a 34-yard field goal from Cameron Dicker. Then, the Sooners' first drive of the second quarter lasted just three plays, when Rattler, in the midst of being sacked for a 10-yard loss, had the ball popped from his grasp by Texas' T'Vondre Sweat and recovered by Texas' Juwan Mitchell. Riley's response to his quarterback's turnovers was to put back-up Tanner Mordecai into the game for the rest of the first half. The Sooners did not score points under Mordecai's direction, but they did not turn it over either. "I felt like Tanner would go play well, and I also felt like it would help Spencer take a step back for a minute and kind of see the whole thing and settle down."

Rattler was surprised by the move in the moment, but said Riley soon told him, "Just take a breather, you'll get back in there." "My arm was bugging me, too...I think all of us, just early, the first couple of drives, our emotions were into it, we weren't focused like we should have been," Rattler said. "I feel like after we just all settled in, we were playing really good football." That's what happened in the third quarter, when Rattler responded by completing 8 of 10 tosses for 69 yards. He didn't throw a touchdown pass in the frame, but he led a pair of touchdown drives. "He got hot and we started playing pretty well," Riley said. The break appeared to suit the redshirt freshman quarterback. "It was a good learning experience," Rattler said. "I got a chance to sit back for a second, catch my breath and get back into the game...I just wanted to sit back, kind of get a breath of fresh air, see everything and that definitely helped." - Norman Transcript


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  The OU offense turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions in the second quarter, leading to a 17-17 tie at halftime. Rattler was benched for Tanner Mordecai amid the miscues, but he eventually returned to lead OU to victory. He finished his first Red River debut with 209 yards on 23 of 35 passing to go with three touchdowns and one interception following back-to-back losses that ended with Rattler throwing a pick. "He was better here at the end of the game than he was the previous couple of weeks simply because he trusted it," Riley said of his quarterback. "He trusted his teammates, he stayed really true to his reads. I thought his mentality and mindset and confidence was really good. "He's a guy that's going to take any setbacks or any failures and he's going to learn from them. He's not going to let them discourage him. He has that way about him." - Daily Oklahoman

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  Benched early and celebrating late, Spencer Rattler had quite the first experience in a most unusual version of the Red River rivalry. The Oklahoma freshman threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Drake Stoops in the fourth overtime and the Sooners survived a late rally from No. 22 Texas in regulation for a 53-45 victory. Rattler sat most of the second quarter in favor of Tanner Mordecai after an interception and a fumble, but came back with two of his three scoring passes in overtime as the Sooners bounced back from their first back-to-back losses in the regular season since 1999. The dramatic ending was quite familiar, even if it was the first time since 1999 that neither team was ranked in the Top 20. It was just the second four-OT game in 25 seasons of the Big 12, joining Kansas State's 53-50 victory over Texas A&M in 2011. - AP College Football

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  Spencer Rattler threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Drake Stoops in the fourth overtime, and Oklahoma survived a late rally from No. 22 Texas in regulation for a 53-45 victory Saturday as a most unusual version of the Red River rivalry ended with familiar dose of drama. Rattler's successful completion on the required 2-point conversion didn't matter when Sam Ehlinger's pass was intercepted in the end zone by Tre Brown to end just the second Big 12 game to go four OTs. Because of the pandemic, the crowd was limited to 24,000 in the 93,000-seat Cotton Bowl, with the surrounding Texas state fair shut down for the first time since World War II. On the field, it was the first time since 1999 neither team was in the Top 20. But the small crowd, low rankings and previous losses didn't matter much by the time the final five minutes came.

Ehlinger threw two touchdown passes in the final 3:28 of regulation after what appeared to be a game-sealing interception by Woodi Washington in the end zone with the Sooners leading 31-14 with five minutes remaining. After tossing a 2-yard score to Keaontay Ingram with 14 seconds left in regulation, Ehlinger opened overtime with his third rushing TD, from 3 yards. Rattler answered with a an 11-yard touchdown pass to Austin Stogner, then plunged over from the half-yard line on fourth down after his initial scoring run was overturned over review to start the second OT. - AP College/Oklahoma Football


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  Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler wanted a flag thrown against Iowa State on the game's final play - Cyclone Isheem Young's end zone interception. He wanted Cyclone Greg Eisworth flagged for holding receiver Charleston Rambo. "I mean, I wanted to give him a shot to go make a play," Rattler told reporters during the Zoom press conference. "When I threw it, it felt like it came out well. I witnessed him get held. "All the calls don't go your way. It would have been different, obviously, if it was cleaner, (but) sometimes it doesn't go like that." - Des Moines Register

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  Oklahoma goes into the Red River Rivalry game against No. 22 Texas in danger of losing a third straight game for the first time since John Blake's 1998 team dropped five in a row. The Sooners, beaten 37-30 at Iowa State, have lost back-to-back games for the first time since 1999 and lost in Ames for the first time since 1960. This marks the first year since 1931 that Oklahoma has lost to Kansas State and Iowa State in the same season. - AP College Football

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