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Where Spencer Sanders Finished on Oklahoma State’s Career Passing Lists

Where Sanders finishes among the pantheon of OSU QBs.

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[Devin Wilber/PFB]

The Spencer Sanders era of Cowboy football is over.

Sanders committed to Ole Miss last week after spending the past four seasons as Oklahoma State’s QB1. He heads to the Rebels as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in OSU’s history, finishing second in career wins behind only Mason Rudolph. Sanders had 30 as OSU’s starter to Rudolph’s 32.

But where does Sanders rank in the pantheon of Cowboy QBs? Let’s take a took.

Passing Yards
Name Yards Years
1 Mason Rudolph 13,618 2014-17
2 Spencer Sanders 9,553 2019-22
3 Brandon Weeden 9,260 2007-11
4 Mike Gundy 8,473 1986-89
5 Zac Robinson 8,317 2005-09
6 Josh Fields 6,090 2001-03
7 Tone’ Fields 4,812 1993-96
8 Clint Chelf 4,277 2009-13
9 Taylor Cornelius 4,198 2014-18
10 Tony Lindsay 4,113 1997-2000

Sanders’ 2,642 yards in 2022 boosted him from No. 5 to No. 2 on OSU’s career list — again behind only Mason Rudolph. His ascent this season saw him surpass Zac Robinson, Mike Gundy and Brandon Weeden, a who’s who list of OSU QBs.


Passing Touchdowns
Name Touchdowns Years
1 Mason Rudolph 92 2014-17
2 Brandon Weeden 75 2007-11
3 Spencer Sanders 67 2019-22
4 Zac Robinson 66 2005-09
5 Mike Gundy 57 1986-89
6 Josh Fields 55 2001-03
7 Clint Chelf 37 2009-13
8 J.W. Walsh 36 2011-15
9 Taylor Cornelius 32 2014-18
10 Bobby Reid 27 2005-07

Sanders jumped from No. 6 to No. 3 in this stat, passing Josh Fields, Gundy and Robinson to finish behind Rudolph and Weeden. Sanders had 17 passing touchdowns in 2022 the second-most he had in a season behind his 2021 season where he threw 20.


Completions
Name Completions Years
1 Mason Rudolph 915 2014-17
2 Brandon Weeden 767 2007-11
3 Spencer Sanders 765 2019-22
4 Mike Gundy 636 1986-89
5 Zac Robinson 610 2005-09
6 Josh Fields 445 2001-03
7 Tone’ Jones 402 1993-96
8 Aso Pogi 335 2000-02
9 Clint Chelf 317 2009-13
10 Rust Hilger 316 1982-84

After completing 212 passes in 2022, Sanders is again behind only Rudolph and Weeden on OSU’s career list. Sanders came into 2022 ranked fifth in the state before again passing Robinson and Gundy.


Completion Percentage (min 200 attempts)
Name Completion Percentage Years
1 Brandon Weeden 69.5 2007-11
2 Mason Rudolph 63.2 2014-17
3 J.W. Walsh 63.1 2011-15
4 Zac Robinson 61.1 2005-09
5 Spencer Sanders 61.0 2019-22
6 Taylor Cornelius 59.5 2014-18
7 Clint Chelf 59.0 2009-13
Mike Gundy 59.0 1986-89
9 Aso Pogi 57.5 2000-02
10 Rusty Hilger 55.5 1982-84

Sanders actually went down a touch on this listed after completing 57.6% of his passes in 2022, a career low. Sanders started the year ranked fourth with a 62.4 completion percentage before trading spots with Robinson.


Interceptions Thrown
Name Passes Intercepted Years
1 Spencer Sanders 40 2019-22
2 Tone’ Jones 39 1993-96
Mike Gundy 39 1986-89
4 Tony Pounds 36 1970-71
5 Zac Robinson 31 2005-09
6 Brandon Weeden 27 2007-11
Ronnie Johnson 27 1966-68
8 Mason Rudolph 26 2014-17
Tony Lindsay 26 1997-00
10 Kenny Ford 25 1988-91
Josh Fields 25 2001-03

Not the ideal list to be on top of, but when you throw 1,254 passes (second-most in OSU history) in your career, some are bound to get caught by the other team. Sanders threw nine picks in 2022 (the second-fewest he has thrown in a season) to move him from a tie in fourth to the top of the list.


Yards of Total Offense
Name Yards Years
1 Mason Rudolph 13,646 2014-17
2 Spencer Sanders 11,509 2019-22
3 Zac Robinson 10,175 2005-09
4 Brandon Weeden 9,110 2007-11
5 Mike Gundy 8,272 1986-89
6 Josh Fields 5,984 2001-03
7 Tony Lindsay 5,528 1997-00
8 Tone’ Jones 5,341 1993-96
9 Thurman Thomas 5,034 1984-87
10 Terry Miller 4,977 1974-77

Here is where Sanders really shines with his dynamic running ability. Sanders ran for 1,956 yards in his OSU career. Pair that with his passing yards, and he is second on OSU’s list for yards of total offense. Sanders entered the year in fourth before putting up 3,033 more yards in 2022.


Touchdowns Responsible For
Name TDs Responsible For Years
1 Mason Rudolph 109 2014-17
2 Zac Robinson 88 2005-09
3 Spencer Sanders 85 2019-22
4 Brandon Weeden 76 2007-11
5 Mike Gundy 66 1986-89
6 J.W. Walsh 61 2011-15
7 Barry Sanders 60 1986-88
8 Josh Fields 58 2001-03
9 Thurman Thomas 54 1984-87
10 Tony Lindsay 48 1997-00

Sanders’ 18 career rushing touchdowns paired with his 67 passing touchdowns move him up to No. 3 on OSU’s touchdowns responsible for list. He was at No. 4 entering this past season before passing Weeden.

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