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  10/13/21 - Spencer RattlerrSo/2024, Oklahoma, 6-0, 200 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  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


(DS#3 QB) rSo/2024 QB Spencer RattlerOklahoma
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  10/12/21 - Kennedy BrooksrSr/2022, Oklahoma, 5-10, 215 (DS#14 RB) + More +

  OCT 11 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma, RB, Jr.,...In his first start of the season, Brooks rushed 25 times for a career-high 217 yards (8.7 per carry) and scored Oklahoma's final two touchdowns as the Sooners rallied from a 28-7 first-quarter deficit and a 41-23 hole with 2:45 remaining in the third quarter for a 55-48 win over No. 21 Texas. His 217 rushing yards were OU's most in 36 games and fourth-most ever against Texas. The redshirt junior registered a 65-yard run in the third quarter, the longest by an OU running back this season. He gave OU its first lead of the day (48-41) with 7:10 remaining in the fourth quarter on an 18-yard run and scored the game-winning touchdown with three seconds to go on a 33-yard rush. It was the highest-scoring game in series history. Brooks now has 10 career 100-yard rushing games and six with at least 150 rushing yards. - Big 12 football

(DS#14 RB) rSr/2022 RB Kennedy BrooksOklahoma
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  10/12/21 - Caleb WilliamsFr/2025, Oklahoma, 6-1, 218 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  OCT 11 BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Caleb Williams, Oklahoma, QB, Fr.,...Backup freshman quarterback Williams accounted for 300 total yards and three touchdowns while commanding Oklahoma to its comeback win. OU outscored the Longhorns 38-13 from the time he took over QB duties late in the second quarter (when OU trailed 35-17) and scored on seven of nine possessions through the end of the game. Williams threw for 212 yards (16-of-25) with two touchdowns and rushed for 88 yards on four carries. His 300 yards of total offense were the most by an OU true freshman against Texas in series history. He entered for a 4th-and-inches play at the start of the second quarter and raced 66 yards for his second rushing TD of the season. With 1:02 left in the third quarter, he found Marvin Mims for a 14-yard strike and his first career passing touchdown. He hit Mims again on a 52-yard play that tied the game at 41 after OU's successful two-point conversion. Williams' 66-yard touchdown was OU's longest rushing play of the season and its third-longest rushing TD a by quarterback against Texas. - Big 12 football

(DS#1 QB) Fr/2025 QB Caleb WilliamsOklahoma
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  10/12/21 - Gabe BrkicrJr/2023, Oklahoma, 6-1, 201 (DS#4 K) + More +

  OCT 11 BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma, PK, Jr.,...Brkic tied single-game school records for points by a kicker (17) and field goals (four) in Oklahoma's win over Texas. He made all four of his field goal attempts and all five of his PAT tries. His field goal conversions from 40, 35, 29 and 26 yards helped the Sooners chip away at UT's advantage as he became only the second OU kicker to make four field goals in a game vs. the Longhorns. Brkic, who also handled all 11 of OU's kickoffs, is now 15 for 17 (.882) on field goals this season and has made all 23 of his PAT tries. His 15 field goal makes lead the nation. The junior has made at least two field goals in 11 of OU's last 13 games dating back to last season. - Big 12 football

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  10/10/21 - Kennedy BrooksrSr/2022, Oklahoma, 5-10, 215 (DS#14 RB) + More +

  Kennedy Brooks took the final snap for sixth-ranked Oklahoma, after freshman quarterback Caleb Williams had taken over when Spencer Rattler was again benched in the Red River rivalry game. Brooks ran for 217 yards and two go-ahead touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a direct snap for a 33-yard game-winner with 3 seconds left, and the Sooners beat No. 21 Texas 55-48 in the highest-scoring game of 117 meetings in a series that will soon move to the Southeastern Conference. The Sooners appeared to be trying to set up for a game-ending field goal when Brooks instead broke free for a sprint to the end zone. The Sooners overcame a 28-7 deficit after the first quarter, matching the second-largest comeback in program history. And when it was over, Oklahoma students who were part of the sellout crowd at 92,100-seat Cotton Bowl Stadium streamed onto the field to celebrate with their team. - AP College Football

(DS#14 RB) rSr/2022 RB Kennedy BrooksOklahoma
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  10/10/21 - Kennedy BrooksrSr/2022, Oklahoma, 5-10, 215 (DS#14 RB) + More +

  Kennedy Brooks ran for 217 yards and two go-ahead touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a 33-yard romp with 3 seconds left, and sixth-ranked Oklahoma beat No. 21 Texas 55-48 on Saturday in the Red River rivalry that will soon move to the Southeastern Conference. The Sooners (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) appeared to be trying to set up for a game-ending field goal when Brooks instead broke free for a sprint to the end zone. Oklahoma hadn't even led until Brooks had an 18-yard score with 7:10 left that made it 48-41. His rush was the first play from scrimmage after OU tied the game and kicked off to Xavier Worthy, who had the ball stripped away by Caleb Kelly. Worthy did have nine catches for 261 yards and two scores, and his 31-yard TD catch tied the game with 1:23 left before the winning drive by the Sooners.

Texas (4-2, 2-1) had a 14-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. The Longhorns, who had won three in a row since a loss to future SEC foe Arkansas in Week 2, had never lost when scoring at least 48 points. The Sooners overcame a 21-point deficit, matching the second-largest comeback in program history. And when it was over, Oklahoma students who were part of the sellout crowd at 92,100-seat Cotton Bowl Stadium streamed onto the field to celebrate with their team. Caleb Williams completed 15 of 24 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns after replacing Spencer Rattler, who had two turnovers in the first half that led to Texas touchdowns. Rattler did return to throw the tying 2-point conversion after Williams' 52-yard TD pass to Marvin Mims with 7:25 left. - Oklahoma/AP College Football


(DS#14 RB) rSr/2022 RB Kennedy BrooksOklahoma
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  10/02/21 - Spencer RattlerrSo/2024, Oklahoma, 6-0, 200 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  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


(DS#3 QB) rSo/2024 QB Spencer RattlerOklahoma
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  09/26/21 - Gabe BrkicrJr/2023, Oklahoma, 6-1, 201 (DS#4 K) + More +

  Another day, another ugly win for Oklahoma. Gabe Brkic's 30-yard field goal as time expired gave the fourth-ranked Sooners a 16-13 win over West Virginia on Saturday night. Oklahoma started its final possession at its 8-yard line with 3:39 remaining. Quarterback Spencer Rattler, who was booed by the home fans on several occasions, completed all six of his passes for 54 yards on the final drive to get the Sooners into scoring range. The final possession was 14 plays and 80 yards.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley was disappointed that the crowd turned on Rattler and gave him credit for his late-game effort. "I'll tell you what, it takes a lot of balls to do what we did there at the end," he said. "So people better see that too." Rattler passed for 256 yards and a touchdown. Mike Woods caught eight passes for 86 yards for the Sooners (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), who won their third game by seven or fewer points this season. "We're happy to be at 4-0," Rattler said. "We're not happy, we're not satisfied with the way we're winning. But a win is a win." West Virginia (2-2, 0-1), coming off a 27-21 win over then-No. 15 Virginia Tech, was held to 226 total yards. "That was a tough, physical football game, and I thought we went toe-to-toe with Oklahoma here in their back yard," West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. "If you look at it, we had chances. I think absolutely, we had some chances. The game played out in a good way for us, and we just ran out of time." - Oklahoma/AP College Football


(DS#4 K) rJr/2023 K Gabe BrkicOklahoma
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  09/18/21 - Spencer RattlerrSo/2024, Oklahoma, 6-0, 200 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  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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  09/12/21 - Spencer RattlerrSo/2024, Oklahoma, 6-0, 200 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  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


(DS#3 QB) rSo/2024 QB Spencer RattlerOklahoma
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  09/06/21 - Gabe BrkicrJr/2023, Oklahoma, 6-1, 201 (DS#4 K) + More +

  SEPT 6 BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma, K, Jr.,...Special Teams Player of the Week Gabe Brkic tied an FBS record with his three field goal makes of at least 50 yards (51, 56 and 55) in Oklahoma's 40-35 win over Tulane. No Sooner had ever made more than one 50-plus-yard field goal in a game. Brkic also made a 26-yarder and finished the day 4-for-5, tying a school record for makes in a game (11th time in school history and third time by Brkic). The redshirt junior's 56-yarder to end the first half tied as the third-longest in school history and was the longest since 1977. His 51- and 56-yarders stand as the longest made field goals in a season opener in program history. Brkic was also 4-for-4 on PAT attempts against Tulane. - Big 12 Football

(DS#4 K) rJr/2023 K Gabe BrkicOklahoma
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  09/04/21 - Spencer RattlerrSo/2024, Oklahoma, 6-0, 200 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  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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  09/03/21 - Tre BradfordSo/2024, Oklahoma, 5-11, 190 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Bradford's departure marks the fourth running back the Sooners have lost this season. The team dismissed Seth McGowan and Mikey Henderson during the offseason due to felony charges stemming from an alleged armed robbery on April 15. Marcus Major was reportedly declared ineligible to play this season due to academic issues. But Bradford's departure so late into fall camp is especially tough for the Sooners, as he was expected to be the third running back on the depth chart behind Kennedy Brooks and Eric Gray. So after transferring to Oklahoma, why would Bradford decide to leave right before the team's first game?

Even Riley isn't sure. "I would love to explain what happened...I really don't have an explanation," Riley said on Tuesday. "It was a strange situation. It's part of the deal with the transfer portal. and then even in a COVID year, you're bringing in some people that you flat out know less about. [You can] do all the homework you want, you just don't know. "You look at the whole group of transfers that we brought in, I mean, again, from buy-in and culture guys and guys doing the right thing, we've added a tremendous percentage. But we missed on this one. I mean, we just flat out did." - Norman Transcript


(DS#999 RB) So/2024 RB Tre BradfordOklahoma
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  09/01/21 - Spencer RattlerrSo/2024, Oklahoma, 6-0, 200 (DS#3 QB) + More +

  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


(DS#3 QB) rSo/2024 QB Spencer RattlerOklahoma
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  08/29/21 - Michael Woods IISr/2022, Oklahoma, 6-0, 198 (DS#55 WR) + More +

  Marvin Mims is projected to be the team's number one receiver, but Woods could become a favorite target for Spencer Rattler. The 6-foot-1 receiver landed in Norman for his senior season after finishing as the second-leading receiver for Arkansas last season, finishing with 32 catches and five touchdowns. Woods brings height and explosiveness to a Sooners' receiving core that needed it at times last season. Rattler said the pair has been developing chemistry throughout fall camp. "He's a tall, explosive receiver on the outside for us. He'll go up and get the ball," Rattler said. "He's a mismatch, I feel like, at all times. He's done a great job of that throughout camp...Still getting that chemistry down, still working, but it's getting better and better." - Norman Transcript

(DS#55 WR) Sr/2022 WR Michael Woods IIOklahoma
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