After news came down prior to Saturday night’s Oklahoma State vs. Missouri State game that Cowboys starting QB Spencer Sanders would miss the game due to COVID-19 protocols, the next question was, “When will he return?”
After the Cowboys held on for a 23-16 win on Saturday night, Mike Gundy said that he expects Sanders back “in a couple of days”.
This is welcomed news as the Pokes struggled to get the offense going on Saturday night as Shane Illingworth finished just 22/40 for 315 yards, one touchdowns and one interception. However just as concerning is the offensive line, which only helped the Pokes average 1.9 yards per carry on the night.
While Sanders has had his ups and downs during his time in Stillwater, his mobility at the position should at least gives the Pokes more options and looks.
As a freshman, Sanders threw 16 touchdowns with 11 interceptions while completing 62.8% of his passes. Last season, he tossed 14 touchdowns to 8 interceptions. Illingworth started a couple of games in 2020 in place of Sanders when he was down with an injury. He finished the 2020 season with 554 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
The Cowboys are 1-0 and host Tulsa next Saturday before heading out west to play Boise State on September 18th. The Pokes then start conference play the following weekend at home against Kansas State.