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OU Press Release

NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler and kicker Stephen Johnson were named the Big 12 Newcomer and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, after their standout performances in the Sooners' 48-0 season-opening win over Missouri State, the league office announced Monday.

In his first career start and in only one half of work, Rattler, a redshirt freshman, completed 14 of 17 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. He directed the Sooners to a 31-0 first-quarter lead and a 41-0 halftime advantage. The Phoenix, Ariz., product became the first OU freshman QB to throw four TD passes in his first start.

Rattler also set OU freshman records for passing efficiency rating (303.3; next highest figure nationally this season is 239.1), yards per completion (23.7) and yards per attempt (17.1). His passing efficiency rating set Big 12 and Oklahoma freshman records and was the third highest in Oklahoma history regardless of class. Rattler also became the second OU freshman QB in his starting debut with two touchdown passes of at least 50 yards (also Sam Bradford vs. North Texas in 2007). Only Rattler, Bradford and Kyler Murray (2018 vs. Florida Atlantic as a junior) have thrown two TD passes of at least 50 yards in an OU season opener.

Johnson, a redshirt senior and the Sooners' backup kicker, handled all of OU's kicking duties Saturday night. The Arlington, Texas, product was 2 for 2 on field goals (22 and 42 yards), made all six of his PATs and kicked off nine times. His 12 points were the most of any Big 12 kicker on the day. Prior to Saturday, Johnson's only career appearance entering the night had been for an on-side kick attempt last season at Kansas State.

This is the first career weekly Big 12 honor for both Rattler and Johnson.
No. 3/3 Oklahoma (1-0) begins Big 12 play on Sept. 26 against Kansas State (0-1). Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.