Oklahoma State fans were shaken on Thursday with the announcement of starting quarterback Spencer Sanders undergoing thumb surgery ending his season as recovery begins.
Sanders suffered his injury during OSU’s big 31-13 win over Kansas this past Saturday in Stillwater where Mike Gundy pulled him from the game in the middle of the third quarter for what was reported as “precautionary reasons” after the game.
“We’re just doing it for precautionary reasons, but I’m good.” Sanders said following Saturday’s game.
Sanders then proceeded to insist he would be ready to play against West Virginia the following weekend.
“Oh yeah, I’m good.”
Little did Cowboy fans and Sanders know that an emergency surgery for his thumb would be scheduled Monday afternoon as injuries turned out to be worse than expected.
News of Sanders’ surgery was first reported on Thursday afternoon by ESPN’s Dusty Dvoracek, and all eyes were immediately on fifth-year senior Dru Brown, who stepped up against Kansas to finish out the game.
Brown, as Pokes fans well remember, was part of the hot topic surrounding Cowboy Football as the season began to approach and the question of who would start at quarterback was of high importance. Sanders would win the starting job, but Brown would make sporadic appearances as a backup proven to be reliable.
“It’s exciting to see him play,” Sanders said of Brown following the win over Kansas. “We’re brothers, and honestly it’s great to see him out there throwing touchdowns. I was more than happy to see him get a chance.”
With Sanders out for the season, a chance is exactly what Dru Brown will get.
OSU officials have yet to confirm Brown will step into the starting quarterback role as the Cowboys travel to Morgantown this weekend, but odds are the Cowboy fans will be seeing the former Hawaii star take the field with hopes of finishing this season strong.
Brown has made three appearances for the Cowboys this season, including OSU’s 56-14 win over McNeese on Sept. 9, a 45-27 loss to Baylor on Oct. 19, and Saturday’s 31-13 win over Kansas.
Heading to Morgantown, this will be the final road game for the Cowboys this season as they enter the matchup at 7-3 on the season, 4-3 in the Big 12, while West Virginia sits at No. 8 in the Big 12 with a 4-6 record.
OSU has climbed to the No. 21 spot in the CFB national rankings, this being the third time this season they have cracked the top 25, and this will be the 11th meeting between the two teams dating back to 1928.
The Pokes have won four consecutive meetings between the two teams, two of which were in Morgantown, and Mike Gundy holds a 5-2 record against WVU during his tenure at OSU. This will be Neal Brown’s first time facing the Cowboys after replacing former head coach Dana Holgorsen.
All eyes will be on Mike Gundy and his decision of what to do at the quarterback position, but fans will know sooner than later as the Cowboys kickoff at 11 a.m. inside Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday.