Bedlam Legends: Rudolph And Hill

NORMAN, Okla. – On the Memorial Stadium field seconds after the Oklahoma State Cowboys had just celebrated their 38-35 Bedlam upset win this reporter decided to try to break a rule by asking freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph, who had just completed 19-of-35 passing with two touchdowns and one late interception and helped engineer the win, to break Mike Gundy protocol and do a quick interview.

"No, Mr. Allen, I can't do an interview," Rudolph responded. "I can't do an interview."

Fast forward about 20 minutes and Gundy had just completed his postgame interview on the Cowboys Radio Network and was speaking with senior associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth and associate athletic director for media relations Gavin Lang. The conversation with the trio resulted with the conclusion that Rudolph and first-year player and junior Tyreek Hill could both talk to the media.

Rudolph was then more than happy to oblige and give his opinion on how things have panned out since he ripped off his redshirt and stepped into quarterbacking the Cowboys. He joined Josh Fields as a freshman quarterback to march into Norman and help his team post a Bedlam win, this one 38-35 in overtime.

"It is crazy out there and we knew coming in that Oklahoma was an awesome team. We had a great game plan on the offensive and the defensive side," Rudolph said. "We never gave up and we kept fighting. I'm so proud of this team and happy to be a Cowboy."

Rudolph has amazed everybody with his poise, from his first start at Baylor to his work in Norman including the 43-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Sheperd with just under five minutes to go. He threw a pick late, but still kept his chin up.

"Tyreek Hill helped with that," Rudolph said. "Tyreek was the guy that tied the game. Tyreek deserves a lot of credit. From the beginning of the spring we saw Tyreek taking them back 80 yards and we knew he was going to do that this season. Tonight he showed his skill again and really energized this team.

"Keeping my poise is something that was instilled in me at Northwestern High School," Rudolph shifted. "Coach (Kyle Richardson) always got on me and didn't want me to be too high or too low and kind of stay in a happy medium and always stay ready to go. It was an up and down game tonight and we had to keep focused and stay fighting."

He's right about Hill, the same guy that has a Twitter account that is titled "Faster Than Ya" is really a truly humble teammate that deflects credit. But he did talk about his sensational punt return.

"Obviously, there was a lot going on at the time and I saw Ramon (Richards) and he told me catch it, catch it," Hill started. "I caught it and he blocked his guy and I had to make one guy miss and I made him miss and then Jordan Sterns knocked down the punter and then I split the other two guys and was gone from there.

"It was the way I was raised because of my grandmama and my grandfather," Hill said of his humble personality. "That was what they taught me, to be appreciative."

Hill is having fun, and so is Rudolph.

"After that pick I wasn't having a lot of fun, but anytime you get to play college football it is a blessing and God is really good," Rudolph finished.

Now both are Bedlam legends and able to do interviews too. Another thing fans and media can thank Mike Gundy for after that overtime win over OU.



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