Can Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams regain his ‘Superman’ aura in time for Bedlam? – The Athletic

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams surveyed the Iowa State defense last week on first-and-10 late in the first quarter, the score tied at 7. The freshman took the snap and faked a handoff. He threw the ball across the middle toward H-back Austin Stogner, who was open but had slowed his route. Williams threw it a few yards in front of him, and the pass fell incomplete.

“A totally nondescript play,” said Fox Sports color analyst and former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt, who has been on the call for OU’s last two games. “A miniscule mistake, but one that totally changed the dynamics of the drive. Those are mistakes generally mitigated by experience, because with more experience, Caleb would know exactly what Stogner was going to do.”

It’s little things like that and Williams’ youth, Klatt said, that have kept both the QB and the Oklahoma offense stymied the last two weeks. Now Williams and the No. 10 Sooners head Saturday night to No. 7 Oklahoma State with Big 12 title game hopes on the line and an intense atmosphere and relentless Cowboys defense waiting.

Williams took the nation by storm when he came off the bench to replace starter Spencer Rattler and dazzled in a come-from-behind win against Texas in October. He continued to shine, playing like a prodigy whose nickname is Superman, fearless and even generating Heisman Trophy buzz.

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