The legacy of Mason Rudolph
On a rainy November night in Waco, Texas, a wide-eyed true freshman who was supposed to red-shirt that 2014 season made his first collegiate start.
And he did alright considering it was against a Baylor team ranked in the top ten on the road. The crazy part was in the following game; when Mason Rudolph and the Cowboys beat the Sooners in Norman to earn bowl eligibility.
"You know, I was so young at that point, I didn't really know what it all meant; being from the east coast," Rudolph admitted Tuesday afternoon. "I had only been there for 8 or 9 months at that point. It didn't really sink in."
"And [we] went out and played good in the bowl game [following Bedlam]," recalled Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy. "And then people started thinking I was crazy for not playing Mason all year. And then, he's been fantastic ever since for us."
As Mason continues to break team records, it's worth noting: There's still only one OSU quarterback to win the Big 12. Brandon Weeden and the Cowboys knocked off the Sooners in the 2011 season finale to clinch OSU's first and only BCS bowl game appearance.
Of course Rudolph would like to be the second OSU quarterback to win the Big 12. And as it stands right now, only the Bedlam winner will have a shot at the conference title.
"We know we have to win out to get ourselves back into playoff contention," said Rudolph.
"That's been our goal from day one was to win the Big 12 title. And we know we have to beat these guys to get there."