There was a scary moment during the Oklahoma Sooners’ season-opener against FAU on Saturday, Sept. 1 involving backup quarterback Austin Kendall. With the Sooners blowing out Lane Kiffin’s FAU Owls, Kendall received some playing time in place of starter Kyler Murray.
Kendall was scrambling towards the sideline early in the fourth quarter when he was involved in a hard collision with a metal cart on the FAU sideline.
The cart was filled with electronic equipment for the Owls’ sideline communication and Kendall was unable to avoid it as he came crashing in legs first.
Walk-on Tanner Schaefer replaced Kendall under center.
Here is the play where the injury occurred:
After the game, the Sooners said they were “optimistic” about Kendall’s status.
“Don’t know anything yet about Austin Kendall,” said head coach Lincoln Riley, via 247 Sports. “But we’re optimistic.”
Sooners starting quarterback Kyler Murray said he spoke to Kendall after the injury and also believes that the backup will be fine.
“Yeah, I think he’s good,” Murray said. “Obviously we need him to be here for us. I think Coach Riley addressed that, so I don’t know anything else. Hopefully we’ll be fine. Obviously everybody wants him here [OK].”
Kendall was 8-of-10 for 88 yards and a touchdown at the time of his injury. Oklahoma went on to win, 63-14.