Yesterday, ESPN released an article on the topic of Mason Rudolph. And it wasn’t necessarily the topic OSU fans enjoy all that much. Being “overshadowed” by in state rivals, Oklahoma.
You may have read it just like I did, but one person that hadn’t read it was Mason Rudolph (who the article was about). And when I asked him about it at practice earlier, he didn’t seem too happy with it. As I’m sure many of us weren’t.
When asked whether or not he had seen it, this is what he had to say, “Oh, have they? Ok…..Oh, well I haven’t seen that, but I would say that I am not in the shadow of anyone.” said Rudolph, “I’d say I’m in the light and trying to lead my boys to a Big 12 championship this year. That’s about all I’m concerning myself with. So yeah, looking forward to getting better today on a Wednesday practice and finish out the spring on a great note.”.
Now, I wouldn’t agree with the fact of ESPN saying that Mayfield has overshadowed Mason. Mason is 22-6 as a starter for the Cowboys, and there’s no arguing the fact that Oklahoma State had one of the premier wins this past season over Pitt who beat Penn State AND the National Champion Clemson Tigers. And the Cowboys had one of if not the premier bowl wins this past season when they defeated the Colorado Buffaloes under the direction of Mason.
Mason finished seventh in the country last season with 4,091 passing yards, and despite attempting 448 passes, he threw only four interceptions. Which, among all the 4000 yard passers from last season, Mason threw the fewest interceptions.
But what I would agree with is that Oklahoma has been SLIGHTLY more successful than the Cowboys. At least in the terms of Bedlam as Mayfield and the Sooners have beaten the Cowboys two straight years.
But when you look back, Mason played less than 99 percent of the 2015 game in Stillwater due to a broken bone in his foot and Mason won the 2014 game in Norman. So, in terms of success against one another, Mayfield’s only won one game against Rudolph and that was last year in Norman.
And since the 2014 upset of the Sooners, there are only four Power 5 programs that have more wins than the Cowboys. Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State and Stanford. A pretty elite list considering three of those have won National Championships in 2015 (Ohio State), 2016 (Alabama) and 2017 (Clemson).
Here’s a quote from Mason from the article by ESPN, ‘"But I'm a great quarterback and I think I do a lot of things that he can't do. And he scrambles around and shows the athleticism that I can't always do. We're two different players on two different teams in two different situations. All I can do is control myself. I could care less about what he's doing. I'm trying to take care of my business and put my guys in a great position to win. That's all I can do."
Very well said. Apples and oranges.