Last year, Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler’s benching against Texas was temporary. It happened again this season, but it feels much different this time around.
Last year, Rattler had two early turnovers against the Longhorns and was replaced by Tanner Mordecai, but he re-entered the game and rallied the Sooners to a 53-45 win in an all-time classic 4-overtime game.
Over the weekend, the preseason first-team AP All-American again was benched after two early turnovers as Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley went to true freshman Caleb Williams who willed the team to a 55-48 win over the 21st-ranked Longhorns. Rattler only returned for one play, which was a 2-point conversion pass that he completed to Drake Stoops in the fourth quarter.
After the game, the team was in full celebration mode as they took a team photo. However, a photo shows that Spencer Rattler was nowhere to be found and likely in the locker room already.
Footage shows him headed to the back.
Caleb Williams connected on 15 of 24 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions against Texas while running for 88 yards on four carries, including a 66-yard touchdown run.
Rattler completed 9 of 16 passes for 112 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception against the Longhorns.
Social media seems to think he is headed for the transfer portal. However, Rattler recovered on Sunday by tweeting out a message in support of the way his team played against Texas.
“Huge team win yesterday. Proud of all my brothers. 6-0!” Rattler said.
“I have confidence in both guys,” Riley said. “Otherwise, I wouldn’t have played Caleb a bunch like I did and I wouldn’t have put Spencer in on the single most important play of the game. So high confidence with how they both handled it. I felt like they were both ready to play, and like I said, we just got on a run and I decided to stay with Caleb.”