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Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler Leads Team to Fourth OT Win After Second-Quarter Benching


Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler led the Sooners to a dramatic fourth overtime victory over Texas in the Red River Showdown after being benched in the second quarter.

Coach Lincoln Riley pulled Rattler in the second quarter after his second turnover of the afternoon and replaced him with redshirt sophomore Tanner Mordecai. The fumble marked Rattler's sixth turnover in the last three games.

The training staff was seen working on Rattler's arm on the sidelines before halftime, raising questions if he was injured. However, FOX's Jenny Taft reported at the start of the third quarter that Rattler was healthy.

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"[Riley] told me he just wanted to get Tanner involved in this one. He said it's not an injury for Spencer and he is available," Taft said.

Before exiting the game, Rattler went 8-for-13 with 74 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Mordecai completed five of seven passes with 52 yards in the second quarter. 

Rattler returned to start the second half and helped the Sooners outlast the Longhorns to win, 53–45, in fourth overtime. He went 23 for 35 with 209 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.