Reports: Oklahoma State QB Sanders (thumb) out for season

Field Level Media

November 22, 2019 at 2:39 am.

Oklahoma State starting quarterback Spencer Sanders will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his right thumb this week, according to multiple media reports Thursday.

Sanders sustained the injury Saturday in the Cowboys’ 31-13 victory over Kansas when his right hand followed through and hit the helmet of a Jayhawks player. He was taken out in the third quarter for precautionary reasons, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said at the time.

Sanders, a freshman who completed 12 of 18 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown while rushing for 37 yards on 11 carries against Kansas, was replaced by Dru Brown.

This season, Sanders completed 155 of 247 passes for 2,065 yards and 16 touchdowns, but he also threw 11 interceptions. He rushed for 625 yards to rank second behind running back Chuba Hubbard’s team-leading 1,726 yards.

Brown, a senior and former Hawaii starter who threw a 43-yard scoring pass in the third quarter against the Jayhawks, is expected to start Saturday when the No. 21 Cowboys face West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va. He went 3 of 5 for 70 yards against Kansas, and he has 13 completions in 18 attempts for 223 yards and three touchdowns over three games this season.

In two seasons at Hawaii before transferring, he completed 463 of 747 passes for 5,273 yards and 37 touchdowns along with 15 interceptions.