Oklahoma State’s Ramon Richards on game-winning INT: ‘I expected it all game’

Oklahoma State safety Ramon Richards wasn’t surprised at all when he came up with the game-winning interception in overtime against Texas.

Richards surprised everyone in the stadium when he  picked off Longhorns freshman quarterback Sam Ehlinger to seal the 13-10 victory Saturday. But after the game, he told The Oklahoman’s John Helsley he expected to grab a game-changing turnover at some point.

“I expected it all game,” Richards said. “The whole game I kept telling myself, ‘You’re going to get an interception. You’re going to get a turnover.’ So when it came, I expected it. I expected it all game and it finally showed up.”

The interception was a fitting end to game where the Oklahoma State defense has possibly its best performance of the year.

The Cowboys limited Texas to 283 total yards and 42 rushing yards on the day. After the game, coach Mike Gundy said the defense “played their ass off” and “won the dang game.”

“But I can’t give enough credit to our defense, and I don’t mind saying it” Gundy said. “It’s the best effort I’ve seen or I can remember in a long, long time.”

While the performance may have surprised casual fans who expect every Big 12 game to be a shootout, the performance was no shock to Gundy or Richards.

The only thing that surprised Richards was what happened after his game-changing pick. He didn’t realize the game was over.

“I thought the offense still had to go back out,” Richards said. “Then I saw everybody rushing the field.

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