Reports have surfaced that Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph had surgery earlier today in Oklahoma City. The Cowboys sophomore starting quarterback had a small fracture in his foot repaired and depending the date of the team's bowl game and how well he were to heal and rehab it is not out of the realm of possibility in talking to sports medicine and orthopedic professionals familiar with the type of injury Rudolph suffered that he could play in a bowl game.
The injury occurred in the second quarter of the Oklahoma State loss to Baylor.
As we reported last week, the foot was so he could use an orthotic brace and a more supportive shoe (he wore white high tops vs. OU) and practice and play in the Bedlam game that Oklahoma State lost on Saturday 58-23.
Rudolph warmed up with the first offense and eyeballing him throughout warmups, starting when he came out early with fellow quarterbacks J.W. Walsh and Taylor Cornelius, Rudolph did not limp and threw the ball well. He did not come into the game until the second quarter and threw three passes, an incompletion to David Glidden on a quick pass, an incompletion on an out route to the right toward the Oklahoma State sidelines and then a stick route to the left that was short and picked off by OU corner Jordan Thomas and returned for a touchdown. Rudolph did not come back in the game after that.
Rudolph finished the regular season completing 246-of-393 passes for 3,591 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He was responsible for 298.2 yards of total offense a game.
The native out of Rock Hill, S.C. had said he wanted to be available in Bedlam and he wants to play in every game Oklahoma State plays. He certainly showed his toughness and determination in the second half of the Baylor game after he initially suffered the injury by playing and playing well enough to keep Oklahoma State in the contest. In that second half on the injured foot he completed 14-of-31 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
The process now is wait and see how quick the injury heals and what Oklahoma State sports medicine staff feels is appropriate for Rudolph regarding the bowl game.
Oklahoma State bowl possibilities range from the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, which likely happens only if Baylor is upset by Texas this Saturday, the Dec. 29 Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla., or the Jan. 2 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.