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Record Book Reset: Spencer Sanders Climbing OSU’s Career Passing Lists

Sanders breaks the Top 10 in completions, yards and touchdowns.

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Spencer Sanders has taken a few lumps after grabbing the reins of the Cowboys’ offense, but he has started a solid climb up the program’s statistical leaderboards.

With the offseason firmly here, let us take a look at where Oklahoma State’s passing records stand heading into Sanders’ junior season.

Passing Yards
Name Yards Years
Mason Rudolph 13,618 2014-17
Brandon Weeden 9,260 2007-11
Mike Gundy 8,473 1986-89
Zac Robinson 8,317 2005-09
Josh Fields 6,090 2001-03
Tone’ Fields 4,812 1993-96
Clint Chelf 4,277 2009-13
Taylor Cornelius 4,198 2014-18
Spencer Sanders 4,072 2019-pres.
Tony Lindsay 4,113 1997-2000

Entering his junior season, Sanders sits behind his predecessor, Taylor Cornelius, on the Cowboys’ career passing yards list. He has averaged 2,036 yards in each of his two seasons. If he puts up a similar yardage total in 2021, he would move into fifth all-time, behind Zac Robinson.

Passing Touchdowns
Name Touchdowns Years
Mason Rudolph 92 2014-17
Brandon Weeden 75 2007-11
Zac Robinson 66 2005-09
Mike Gundy 57 1986-89
Josh Fields 55 2001-03
Clint Chelf 37 2009-13
J.W. Walsh 36 2011-15
Taylor Cornelius 32 2014-18
Spencer Sanders 30 2019-pres.
Bobby Reid 27 2005-07

Sanders has thrown for 30 TDs in two seasons, and he has another four on the ground. Although it doesn’t look as if he will ever catch Mason Rudolph in this stat (or in passing yards), Sanders has a good shot to finish his career around Robinson’s 66 or Mike Gundy’s 57.

Completions
Name Completions Years
Mason Rudolph 915 2014-17
Brandon Weeden 767 2007-11
Mike Gundy 636 1986-89
Zac Robinson 610 2005-09
Josh Fields 445 2001-03
Tone’ Jones 402 1993-96
Aso Pogi 335 2000-02
Clint Chelf 317 2009-13
Rust Hilger 316 1982-84
Spencer Sanders 310 2019-pres.

Sanders bumped Cornelius off this list after completing 155 passes last year (the same amount he completed in 2019). Again, Sanders is on a good projection to finish his career in the Robinson/Gundy range.

Completion Percentage (minimum 200 attempts)
Name Completion Percentage Years
Brandon Weeden 69.5 2007-11
Mason Rudolph 63.2 2014-17
J.W. Walsh 63.1 2011-15
Spencer Sanders 62.8 2019-pres.
Zac Robinson 61.1 2005-09
Taylor Cornelius 59.5 2014-18
Clint Chelf 59 2009-13
Mike Gundy 59 1986-89
Aso Pogi 57.5 2000-02
Rusty Hilger 55.5 1982-84

Sanders gets harped on a lot for his interceptions, but his completion percentage is nearing on the program’s elite, ranking fourth all-time.

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