One of the most shocking moments of the Red River Rivalry, was after the game following OU’s comeback win, watching QB Spencer Rattler walk off the field while the rest of his team was still celebrating.
Granted, Rattler had lost his starting job to Caleb Williams, who ended up leading the Sooners to the largest comeback in Red River Rivalry history, but still, it was a stunningly bad look for Rattler.
We received our first explanation of what might have happened, when OU Daily talked to Spencer’s father, Mike, about that moment.
OU Daily reported:
“After the game, Williams celebrated with the rest of the team amid the Cotton Bowl, while Rattler celebrated briefly with his teammates and congratulated the other team before leaving the field. Mike told The Daily on Tuesday that Spencer was ushered to the locker room by an OU compliance officer to avoid confrontation with fans and media.“
Here’s another look at the video:
Considering there was no “major” field storming from fans or anything like that, while the media was more likely to want to talk to Caleb Williams, and would have gladly taken Spencer’s “No comment” to interview questions at face value, this seems like an odd excuse.
Sometimes you need to follow a pattern. And there has been a pattern for a long time that Rattler may not be the best teammate. Plus, if there is something that is going to test your ability as a teammate, it’s being benched against your biggest rival and watching your replacement lead the most epic comeback in the history of the rivalry.
That’s not an easy thing to handle, but it’s something Rattler should be able to handle. And at least through videos we’ve seen thus far, he hasn’t looked great in what has become the most challenge moment of his football career.
And I don’t know about you, I’m not buying his father’s reasoning.