With Oklahoma behind Texas in the Red River rivalry, Lincoln riley turned to freshman quarterback Caleb Williams. It was a decision that paid off, and ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit raved about what Williams brought to the game.
After Williams entered the game, he completed 16 of his 25 passes for 212 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also ran for 88 yards and a touchdown. Herbstreit, who was in the booth for the show on ABC, said he was more impressed with what Williams brought aside. From what Herbstreit could tell, Williams brought in some much-needed juice that the entire Oklahoma team needed.
âThis team responded to [Williams], ” Herbstreit said on the ESPN College Football podcast. “That attack answered him. The defense answered him. Look at the Oklahoma defense. They answered. The coaches. The stadium. The fans. Everyone answered what I would call the ‘that’ factor. of this quarterback. Spencer rattler is, physically, a very gifted guy, but he was put in a strange situation. He got booed two weeks ago. You now have the chants âWe Want Calebâ. Then [Williams] comes in, and he does. I watch the quarters, when I watch the game, both off and on the pitch. â¦ I’m looking at number 13. He goes into the kick-off cover group. Strategist. First-year student. He walks into the kickoff group by just slapping the guys and slapping them on the back. Then he runs to the defensive group. Get the defensive caucus to prepare them. I’m just like, ‘Wow.’ I was more impressed with him on the sidelines than with him on the pitch. “
Rattler had his share of struggles this fall, and those continued against the Longhorns. Now Riley has a decision to make how to move forward. At his press conference on Monday, if he will announce a starting quarterback ahead of Saturday’s game against TCU.
âI don’t know whether or not we’ll do it,â Riley said of his plans for the job. âI haven’t made that decision yet, sure. I think like any post I think we will be looking at the game plan against TCU, I will continue to assess these guys as they train and choose who helps us the most. Certainly they had some really good contributions from both of them last week to help us win this game and we need that to move forward. We have two guys in the room who are really good players that we can win with. “