Oklahoma State redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Sanders will miss the rest of the regular season after having surgery on his right thumb Monday, according to Scott Wright of The Oklahoman. Dusty Dvoracek of ESPN first reported the news Thursday.
Sanders was 12-for-18 for 168 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 37 yards against Kansas last week before exiting the game in the third quarter. Graduate transfer Dru Brown entered in relief and was 3-for-4 with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Dillon Stoner in the No. 21 Cowboys’ 31-13 victory against the Jayhawks.
Sanders threw for a freshman-school record 2,065 yards and added 625 rushing yards while guiding the Cowboys to a 7-3 record and 4-3 mark in Big 12 play.
Sanders could return in time for the Cowboys’ bowl game in December, but for now the plan is for Brown — a fifth-year senior and former Hawaii starter — to be OSU’s No. 1 signal caller. Brown is 13-of-18 for 223 yards with three touchdowns for OSU this season. With the Rainbow Warriors, he threw for 5,273 yards, 37 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 25 games (22 starts).
It’s the second major injury in less than month to OSU’s offense after wide receiver Tylan Wallace tore an ACL in one of his knees during practice Oct. 30.
Brown will start his first game for the Cowboys against West Virginia at 11 a.m. Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown.