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Mason Channeled Inner Matt Ryan After Bedlam Loss



Mason Rudolph had to watch it. Matt Ryan did.

Reliving a loss like Oklahoma State’s 38-20 defeat in Bedlam last season or the Atlanta Falcons’ 34-28 overtime letdown in the Super Bowl is about as fun as seeing photos of your bowl cut from middle school.

After the Super Bowl, Ryan said everyone processes those types of losses differently, but both quarterbacks got rather familiar with the feeling of digesting isolated embarrassment.

“I remember Matt Ryan talking about the Super Bowl,” Rudolph said at Big 12 Media Days.

He said a reporter asked Ryan whether he had turned his back on watching the tape after giving up 31 straight.

“No,” Rudolph recalled Ryan saying. “I don’t try to bury that. I try to watch it.”

Ryan went 17-of-23 for 284 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. Not a terrible game. But if you watched the game, there were plenty of times Ryan made the wrong decision, or at least let his coordinator make the wrong decision.

“I watched it the day after,” Ryan said, according to “I watched it two days after, and then I watched it three days after. … You kind of want to be able to deal with it appropriately.”

Rudolph, too, was back in the film room the day after Bedlam.

He finished that game with a 44 completion percentage, 186 yards and no passing touchdowns. It was a dreary day filled with arrant passes that somehow never got intercepted.

Postgame, Rudolph took responsibility for the loss, giving “no excuses.”

A lot of Rudolph’s struggles that day were just execution, he said, so the tape told a lot of the story.

“I wanted to get better and improve myself from it,” Rudolph said. “And not make the same mistake twice.”

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