Oklahoma and Texas squared off for their highly anticipated showdown on Saturday.
Because both programs began the year with a combined three losses through three weeks of play, there was little on the line in this one beyond pride.
Things got off to a rough start for Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler, who recorded two interceptions and one fumble in 20 minutes of action.
As a result of his poor play, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley yanked him from the game and replaced him with Tanner Mordecai.
She didn’t hold back. https://t.co/IfjSBtuoH2
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 10, 2020
Just like that, the Spencer Rattler Era seems to have come to an abrupt end.
Riley’s decision was drastic, but understandable. His team has recorded two defeats over the course of three games, and it’s not like Rattler’s early performance inspired a whole ton of confidence.
Naturally, Twitter had some reactions to what had transpired.
Spencer Rattler got benched? couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy 😔 pic.twitter.com/Xo1ItpYoir
— ethan (@okcfanethan) October 10, 2020
— Coded One (@Coded_Everyone) October 10, 2020
Spencer Rattler showing off that 2019 Jameis Winston vision!! pic.twitter.com/izKxObENfd
— Tyler Wiederhoeft (@TDWiederhoeft) October 10, 2020
— Dialed Up Darbs (@DarbsUp) October 10, 2020
This game may come down to whether Tom Herman or Spencer Rattler can do the most damage to their own team’s efforts.
— Asst to the Minister of Culture (@Ian_A_Boyd) October 10, 2020
Spencer Rattler is SO bad
— Adam Gase Sucks #FireAdamGase (@SellNYJWoody) October 10, 2020
That boy Spencer Rattler SUCKS
— Cole (@colemcdowell2) October 10, 2020
One thing to keep in mind: Tanner Mordecai is faster than Spencer Rattler. His legs add a new element to the offense.
— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) October 10, 2020
Spencer Rattler struggling has quietly become one of my favorite Saturday traditions.
— Brandt Thomas (@TwinningDad92) October 10, 2020
The only thing injured on Spencer Rattler is his ego. He’ll be fine.
— Eddie Maisonet, III (@edthesportsfan) October 10, 2020
Spencer Rattler=Tate Martell?
— Galvin (@galvin4511) October 10, 2020
Spencer Rattler is a trash can. @OU_Football
— Adam (@NotAdam123) October 10, 2020
seeing spencer rattler get benched has been the highlight of this football season so far
— sam (@greattweetsam) October 10, 2020
Spencer Rattler deserves to be on the bench the rest of his career
— lil scrap (@lilS1600) October 10, 2020
Spencer rattler is overrated as fuck 🤣 #TexasVsOU
— David (@d_alejandroii) October 10, 2020
im here for all the spencer rattler slander
— Big Dero 👁🗨🇲🇦 (@bigderoo) October 10, 2020
Everyone was chastising me when I said Spencer Rattler was one of the most overrated players in college football.
Result- Oklahoma is 1-2 about to be 1-3, and Rattler is benched
— Shayne Pickering (@SPickering0808) October 10, 2020
Mordecai has gone 5 for 6 and picked up 52 yards through the air since coming into the game. It is currently 17-17 heading into halftime.
Based on how Rattler has played up to this point, and given the fact that Mordecai looks decent, it is difficult to see a scenario where Riley switches back to his original quarterback.
What does this mean for Rattler’s future with the Sooners? Time will tell.