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High Noon Highlights 9/18: Spencer Sanders Faces Huge Test in First Conference Start

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Spencer Sanders’ first conference start is a huge test:

The 19 year old faces a daunting task in his first conference start. Obviously, he must play well if the Pokes are to win. To play well, he must be composed in front of 98,000 obnoxious fans at Darrell K Royal Stadium. Coach Mike Gundy says it will take some time for the game to slow down for Sanders.

Sanders must endure a more toxic environment at Texas, and a stiffer physical challenge. He grew from the TU experience, sure, but he’s still just 19 years old and making his fourth college start.

“Sometimes early in a quarterback’s career, the game moves really fast for them,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said this week. “After they mature — which looks like where Ehlinger (Sam Ehlinger, Texas’ star quarterback) is right now — the game slows down. Spencer’s game hasn’t slowed down yet, and it won’t for another 10 games, in my opinion. Tulsa World

Tom Herman is afraid of the Pokes offense:

The Texas head coach compared facing the Cowboy offense to Armageddon

“I’ve used the phrase before, it’s a scene from Armageddon, right?,” Herman said. “It’s the scariest environment imaginable -- that’s all you had to say. Scariest environment imaginable. You know, they have the nation’s leading rusher. They’ve got an All-American wide receiver. They have a quarterback that can not only throw it to that receiver, but is a threat with his running ability, too. It’s going to be a challenge, for sure, but you can’t sell your soul, I guess, to stop one because they’re so proficient in the other [areas]. You’ve just got to be sound.”

Oklahoma State doesn’t typically finish among the elite programs in college football when it comes to the recruiting rankings, but that’s one reason Herman admires the job Gundy has done in Stillwater. Herman praised Gundy’s ability to evaluate players who are best suited to run his system as well as his ability to help them reach their full potential. 247 Sports

Cowgirl soccer garnering national attention:

The Cowgirls are 5-0 this season and enter this week nationally ranked for the first time.

They also made NCAA Soccer’s top 5 plays of the weeks with the incredible golden goal to beat #8 Penn State on the road.

Hovland on radar of European Ryder Cup captain:

Former Oklahoma State golfer Viktor Hovland has caught the attention of European Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington. He’ll be watching the BMW PGA Championship this weekend to see Hovy in action.

“It feels like he belongs, which is the biggest key to a young rookie coming out on Tour,” said European captain Padraig Harrington. “You know, if they look like they are caught in the headlights, they could disappear quickly, where Viktor really does look like he’s here to play golf.” {Golf Channel}

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