And winning one like that, in the fashion that we did, certainly does not hurt.”. Funeral: 11:00am Monday, Oct. 26th Noble First Baptist. High 48F. Oklahoma quarterback Tanner Mordecai (15) tries to get past Texas defensive back Chris Brown (15) during an NCAA college football game in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. A change was necessary, according to the fourth-year Sooner coach, so he called on sophomore backup Tanner Mordecai to right the ship. An Oklahoma double-digit, first-half lead vanished quickly after turning the ball over to Te…. — Josh Pate (@LateKickJosh) October 10, 2020 He joined the newspaper in Feb. 2019 as a sports reporter. Along the way, coach Lincoln Riley made a bold decision. Now Tanner Mordecai finds himself in quite the predicament. Redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler, the crown jewel of OU’s 2019 recruiting class, won the starting quarterback job during fall camp and has started each game this season. Spencer Rattler checked out of the game early in the second quarter with an apparent shoulder injury. “I think it’s a learning moment for those guys. Mordecai’s day was finished after the first half, completing 5-of-7 passing for 52 yards. I think our team believes in the kind of players we have there. For a brief moment, Mordecai was the story of the day. Texas' Joseph Ossai forced the running back to fumble on the big gain and fellow Longhorn Chris Brown recovered the loose ball. Joe is the Norman Transcript's sports editor. Mordecai played one more series after that, which included the quarterback losing an uncontested fumble, but the Sooners retained possession before eventually punting. Slight chance of a shower late. Sign up now to get our FREE breaking news coverage delivered right to your inbox. Powered by BizBudding Inc. NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 07: Quarterback Tanner Mordecai #15 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before the game against the South Dakota Coyotes at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma. “I thought Tanner did a good job,” Riley said. There was a problem saving your notification. “Trying to weigh two things as we go through it. Mordecai’s first series ended in a third consecutive OU turnover — although it wasn’t his fault. Sorry, there are no recent results for popular commented articles. Rattler reentered the game in the third quarter, eventually leading the Sooners to victory. He joined the newspaper in Feb. 2019 as a sports reporter. It just took some guts and some real competitiveness for those guys to play the way they did in those situations; for Tanner to come in and stabilize us, and for Spencer to come back after a couple big mistakes and play the way he did, especially in the third quarter and overtime,” Riley said. High 48F. 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Rain showers early will evolve into a more steady rain overnight. Tanner Mordecai in for Oklahoma…freeze this moment and imagine comparing the current Sooners' lineup to what spring preview mags featured. https://www.espn.com/college-football/player/_/id/4360271/tanner-mordecai “It’s been very positive with those two guys,” Riley said. Riley benched Rattler early against the Longhorns, however, after throwing an interception that led to a Texas field goal and fumbling on OU’s next offensive series, a giveaway that led to the Horns tying the game in the second quarter with a 6-yard Sam Ehlinger rushing touchdown. (Ty Russell/OU Athletics). Riley certainly seemed confident in both of his quarterbacks’ abilities after a tight win in Dallas. He is a 2017 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, earning a B.A. Directed By McMahans Funeral Home. Generally cloudy. He also didn’t turn the ball over in the second half or in any of the four overtime periods. Slight chance of a shower late. Thunder possible. Sign up now to get our FREE breaking news coverage delivered right to your inbox. Chance of rain 100%. Both redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler and redshirt sophomore Tanner Mordecai have a lot to offer. “I think we’re fortunate to have a couple of guys that I think our team believes in. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. Coach Lincoln Riley pulled Rattler in the second quarter after his second turnover of the afternoon and replaced him with redshirt sophomore Tanner Mordecai. Joe is the Norman Transcript's sports editor. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth), Oklahoma quarterback Tanner Mordecai runs with the ball during the Sooners' game against Texas on Oct. 10, 2020, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. I thought he stabilized us.”. Following a penalty at the end of the special-teams play, Mordecai and the Sooner offense had the ball at the Texas 20. (Ty Russell/OU Athletics). An Oklahoma double-digit, first-half lead vanished quickly after turning the ball over to Texas on two consecutive possessions last Saturday. Debi Gray, (67) of Noble passed away on Oct. 21st at Noble. Rattler’s second-half performance validated the decision. You have permission to edit this article. The reserve quarterback rushed for three yards on first down and later connected with another receiver, Marvin Mims, for eight yards to convert on 3rd-and-6. Winds NNE at 15 to 25 mph. First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Marcus Major then punched in the score to put OU ahead 17-10 in the second frame. “It was kind of the right recipe. Visitation: 3-5pm Sunday, Oct. 25th, McMahans Funeral Home. Oklahoma quarterback Tanner Mordecai (15) tries to get past Texas defensive back Chris Brown (15) during an NCAA college football game in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Thunder possible. Keep up with the Sooners on social media by following OU Gameday by Norman Transcript on Facebook and @transcript on Twitter. 2016: Was named the District 8-6A Offensive MVP as a junior. Tanner had practiced well, has the experience and I have a lot of confidence in him.”. Oklahoma quarterback Tanner Mordecai runs with the ball during the Sooners' game against Texas on Oct. 10, 2020, at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Winds NE at 10 to 20 mph.. Showers this evening, becoming a steady rain overnight. First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. “Just kind of looking at the situation as it was, and it made the most sense to put Tanner in and then at halftime I had a chance to kind of reevaluate it and felt like the right thing was to get Spencer back in there.”. Perhaps the combined effort is a sign of a deeper OU quarterback room than might appear on the surface. He completed his first three passes — a 14-yard throw to Theo Wease, a 13-yarder to Wease again and a 5-yard strike to Austin Stogner. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. “That's not always the easiest situation to just go into, just kind of a little bit cold turkey, if you will, and just go straight in there. “I've never made those decisions as far as what I'm gonna do down the line,” Riley said. (Ty Russell/OU Athletics) The Sooners ultimately won the Red River rivalry 53-45 in quadruple overtime. He is a 2017 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, earning a B.A. Mordecai checked in following a pair of consecutive turnovers by Rattler. Texas went three-and-out on its ensuing offensive possession and had its punt blocked by OU linebacker David Ugwoegbu.