Spencer Rattler Discusses Being Booed by Oklahoma Fans: 'I Don't Listen to 'Em'

Adam WellsSeptember 26, 2021

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) passes against West Virginia during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
AP Photo/Alonzo Adams

Before Oklahoma escaped Saturday's game against West Virginia with a 16-13 victory, the crowd at Owen Field let Spencer Rattler know they were unhappy with the quarterback's performance. 

Speaking to ESPN's Holly Rowe after the game, Rattler addressed being booed by the hometown fans.

"I don't worry about that at all," Rattler said. "I don't listen to 'em. They're not on the field."

Amid a sluggish start against the Mountaineers, Rattler threw an interception to Jackie Matthews late in the second quarter with the score tied at seven. 

Sooners fans broke out in a chant of "we want Caleb" after the turnover, a reference to backup quarterback Caleb Williams. The true freshman from Washington, D.C., was rated as a 5-star prospect and the No. 7 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class by 247Sports' composite rankings

Head coach Lincoln Riley didn't make the switch to Williams, though Rattler didn't exactly respond like a house of fire. The sophomore did lead the offense to three drives that ended in field goals, including the game-winner as time expired, in the second half to avoid an early-season upset loss in Big 12 play. 

But Rattler's final stat line of 256 yards on 26-of-36 passing with one touchdown and one interception wasn't inspiring. He entered this week with 761 yards passing, seven touchdowns, two interceptions and a 74.7 completion percentage. 

For a player who entered the 2021 campaign as the odds-on-favorite to win the Heisman and potentially be the No. 1 overall pick in next year's NFL draft, Rattler's play has been a disappointment to this point. 

There's still time for Rattler to get things back on track, but Saturday's reaction from the Norman crowd indicates their patience is running thin with the lackluster offense right now.