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Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph expected to be healthy for Sugar Bowl

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Rudolph had foot surgery less than a week ago, but it sounds like he'll be back on the field to face Ole Miss on New Year's Day.

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Had Baylor beaten Texas on Saturday, Ole Miss would have ended up playing a third-string quarterback (or hell, maybe even a wide receiver that played some QB in high school) in the Sugar Bowl. It doesn't look like the Rebs will be so lucky against Oklahoma State.

Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy told the Tulsa World on Saturday afternoon that he expects starter Mason Rudolph, who underwent surgery for a fractured foot on Monday, to be ready by the bowl game. Rudolph was injured two weeks ago against Baylor and played just three snaps last week against Oklahoma.

"I'm confident (that Rudolph will start in the bowl game). I feel pretty good about it," Gundy said. "He doesn't have as severe an injury as a lot of guys (with similar injuries).

"I think he'll be practicing in two weeks. He'll have to (focus on) conditioning over the next 10 days. One thing is, he doesn't have to have a lot of conditioning at the position he's playing."

Rudolph has been one of the better passers in the Big 12 this year, ranking third in passer rating and yards per game.

Passer rating Comp. % Yds. per game Yds. per attempt TDs INTs
152.41 (3rd) 62.6 (4th) 299.3 (3rd) 9.1 (2nd) 21 (5th) 9 (7th)

Big 12 rank in parenthases

In the event that Rudolph doesn't recover as quick as Gundy thinks he will, OK State will have to go with senior J.W. Walsh, who's served as the short-yardage specialist this season. He completed 59 percent of his passes for 325 yards, two touchdowns and a pick in place of Rudolph against Oklahoma but the Cowboys got blown out by 35 points.