OSU football: Despite struggles, Shane Illingworth showed poise in Cowboys' Bedlam loss
NORMAN — Saturday night was far from pretty for Oklahoma State’s Shane Illingworth, the true freshman quarterback thrown into the middle of a Bedlam beatdown after starter Spencer Sanders suffered a head injury.
Illingworth’s accuracy was off. He had defenders coming at him all night when he stood in the pocket.
But the 6-foot-5, 225-pound true freshman from Norco, California, never got rattled amid all the chaos.
He finished 5-of-21 passing for 71 yards and a touchdown, taking over late in the first quarter until Sanders returned early in the fourth.
“You can’t expect too much from a young guy like that,” senior receiver Tylan Wallace said. “I’m just really proud of the way he holds himself when he gets in. He holds himself like an older guy. He comes out there and does what he’s asked to do.”
Offensive coordinator Kasey Dunn felt the same.
“I thought he did some good things,” Dunn said of Illingworth. “He was up and down a little bit, made some throws, missed some throws. But I thought he ran the offense efficiently enough for us to do some things.”
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The Oklahoma State offensive line was dealt another injury blow — and perhaps its biggest yet.
Senior right tackle Teven Jenkins exited the game in the second quarter with what was reported by the Cowboy radio broadcast as a back injury.
Jenkins is regarded as a top-10 tackle among NFL Draft-eligible prospects, and is rated as the third-best tackle in college football this season, according to the Pro Football Focus grading system.
With Jenkins out, left guard Josh Sills moved to right tackle, and redshirt freshman Preston Wilson entered at left guard.
Pohl perfect in unexpected action
OSU placekicker Alex Hale took the field for pregame warmups like normal, but midway through his routine, the sophomore landed awkwardly on his foot and tumbled to the ground.
The extent of his injury was not revealed, but it opened the door for Brady Pohl, a redshirt freshman walk-on from Kansas City, Missouri.
Pohl was perfect on three attempts, hitting an extra point and field goals from 38 and 37 yards, all in the first half.
OSU’s Senior Day home finale against Texas Tech will be an 11 a.m. kickoff on Saturday, televised by Fox… The Cowboys fell in the rankings to No. 21 in the Associated Press poll and No. 22 in the coaches’ poll, one spot behind Texas in each.