Spencer Rattler returned to the field for the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday in a pivotal matchup with the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium in Waco.
Rattler returned in the fourth quarter as the Sooners’ offense had struggled the entire game against the Bears. In addition to that, starting quarterback Caleb Williams had his throwing hand stepped on in the second quarter of the game while running out of bounds. It didn’t help, as the Sooners ended up losing, 27-14.
Williams’ next throw after the injury saw him grimace in pain, but he remained in the game late into the third quarter.
By his departure, Williams was 8-of-17 passing for 84 yards and had rushed for another five yards on nine carries, though he scored the Sooners’ only touchdown to that point in the second quarter.
Plus, the Bears’ defense had held the Sooners to just 157 total yards in what was, to that point, a 10-7 game. The Sooners (9-0), the only remaining undefeated team in the Big 12, was No. 8 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.
Rattler lost the starting job after the Sooners defeated the Texas Longhorns in the Red River Rivalry game a month ago. In that contest, Rattler had two ineffective quarters and was replaced by Williams, a true freshman. Williams has been the starter since then.
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