NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler was named the Big 12 Offensive Player and Newcomer of the Week and defensive end Ronnie Perkins was named the Defensive Player of the Week after their performances in the Sooners' 41-13 victory over Oklahoma State, the league office announced Monday.
Rattler, a product of Phoenix, Ariz., threw for 301 yards and accounted for all five of Oklahoma's touchdowns Saturday night. The redshirt freshman completed 17 of 24 pass attempts (71%) for 301 yards and four TDs, while rushing for a nine-yard score in the 28-point victory. He accounted for touchdowns on OU's first three possessions of the game as it opened a 21-0 lead by the 7:53 mark of the first quarter. Rattler has passed for 300 yards four times and at least 200 yards and two scores in seven games this season.
Perkins, a native of St. Louis, Mo., finished with five tackles, including 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks to spearhead Oklahoma's defensive effort against OSU. The junior's tackles for loss totaled 18 yards and his sacks resulted in a loss of 13 yards. His early dominance help set the tone, as the Sooners held the Cowboys to season lows of 246 yards and 3.6 yards per play. Perkins has been credited with 6.5 TFLs and 3.5 sacks in his three games this season.
This is Rattler's first Big 12 offensive award and second newcomer accolade, and the first career weekly Big 12 honor for Perkins. OU has garnered 10 Big 12 honors this year, by seven players. Rattler was named Newcomer of the Week and kicker Stephen Johnson was named Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 14 while running back T.J. Pledger was named Offensive Player of the Week and David Ugwoegbu was named the Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 12. Marvin Mims was named co-Offensive Player and Newcomer of the Week on Oct. 26 and Rhamondre Stevenson was named co-Offensive Player of the Week on Nov. 2.
Oklahoma (6-2, 5-2 Big 12) plays at West Virginia (5-3, 4-3 Big 12) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT on ABC.