Ollie Gordon II Arrest Sends Shockwaves Through Stillwater

    Oklahoma State running back Ollie Gordon II was arrested for suspicion of DUI on Sunday morning after he was pulled over south of Oklahoma City, according to multiple reports.

    Oklahoma State Running Back Ollie Gordon II Arrested

    The 20-year-old Gordon, who led FBS in rushing last season, was stopped around 2:30 a.m. after a trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said he was speeding and swerving into another lane on Interstate 35 near Moore, Oklahoma, according to KOCO.

    The officer clocked the vehicle traveling at 82 mph in a 65 mph zone and pulled the vehicle over, then reported smelling “an odor associated with an alcoholic beverage” before later finding “a half bottle of lemonade vodka and a half bottle of tequila,” according to the report.

    Gordon initially denied drinking but also refused to take a field sobriety test at the site of his arrest. Afterward, he was taken to the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office past 3:00 a.m., where he blew a 0.11 BAC, which is over the legal limit to operate a vehicle in the state of Oklahoma.

    According to an affidavit obtained by KFOR’s Dylan Buckingham, Gordon was arrested on a DUI under 21 years of age, transporting an open container of alcohol, failing to maintain a single lane of traffic, and speeding. Oklahoma State has said it is aware of his arrest but declined to comment further.

    What Does Gordon’s Arrest Mean for Oklahoma State?

    Gordon was one of college football’s breakout stars for the Cowboys last season. He ran for an FBS-best 1,732 yards to become just the fourth player in school history to lead FBS in rushing yards for a single season (Chuba Hubbard in 2019, Barry Sanders in 1988, and Ernest Anderson in 1982).

    He also led the nation in yards from scrimmage (2,062), 100-yard rushing games (9), and carries of at least 20 yards (21), 30 yards (14) and 40 yards (7).

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    His 22 touchdowns helped propel Oklahoma State to a 10-4 record, a Big 12 championship game appearance, and a Texas Bowl win over Texas A&M. He was named the Big 12’s Offensive Player of the Year and won the Doak Walker Award, which is given annually to the country’s top running back.

    Gordon received more votes for the Heisman Trophy than any other running back to finish seventh overall in the voting, the highest finish by a Cowboys running back since Sanders won the award in 1988.

    While it is currently unclear if and when Gordon will face disciplinary action from the university or athletic department related to this incident.

    It is worth noting Georgia running back Trevor Etienne is facing a one-game ban if found guilty following his DUI arrest earlier this offseason.

    The Cowboys are expected to contend for a Big 12 championship this season. They currently have the third-shortest odds (+600) to win the conference at Caesars Sportsbook behind only Utah (+300) and Kansas State (+350). Oklahoma State opens their season against South Dakota State on August 31 in Stillwater.

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