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10/01/16 - Baker Mayfield made up for two lost fumbles with four touchdowns, running for two and throwing two to Dede Westbrook, and Oklahoma held on to win its Big 12 opener, 52-46 at 21st-ranked TCU on Saturday. After giving up 21 points in the first quarter for the first time in 20 years, the Sooners (2-2) went ahead to stay with 28 consecutive points in the second quarter. Westbrook was wide open on a flea flicker for a 67-yarder that put Oklahoma up 28-21, and Mayfield then hit in him stride again for a 40-yard score. "That's Baker for you," said Westbrook, smiling.
Mayfield was facing TCU for the first time since saying before the Orange Bowl last year that TCU was the team that disappointed him the most in recruiting, and claiming the Horned Frogs "kind of drug it out" without offering a scholarship while he turned down other offers. TCU coach Gary Patterson and Mayfield both insisted this week all that was in the past, with Mayfield even saying things were blown out of proportion. But when they were the same field, the Sooners junior quarterback was 23-of-30 passing for 274 yards, and ran 12 times for 55 yards. When asked what the game meant to him personally, Mayfield responded that it was huge to start conference play with a win. "Everybody was saying our season was over, but to start the conference off 1-0 against one of the better teams in the conference, especially on the road, it's going to be a confidence booster for us," he said. - AP Sports
09/13/16 - Oklahoma can finally talk about Ohio State. Baker Mayfield passed for 244 yards and three touchdowns in a half of work, and the 14th-ranked Sooners beat Louisiana-Monroe 59-17 on Saturday night in a warmup for their showdown with the Buckeyes. Oklahoma lost its opener to Houston and fell from No. 3 to No. 14 in the AP poll , but its home matchup with fourth-ranked Ohio State next week offers a chance to return to its place among the nation's top teams. "They're obviously a good program," Mayfield said. "Everybody knows that. I feel confident in what we're doing right now, and I think we're going to keep progressing. I think it'll be a good matchup." Mayfield took the blame for the loss to Houston, saying he forced throws at times in the second half and took too many sacks. He bounced back well. "Baker, I thought, was really decisive and quick getting the ball out in a lot of spots," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "Threw it really well." Joe Mixon rushed for 117 yards, and Samaje Perine ran for two touchdowns as the Sooners (1-1) outgained the Warhawks (1-1) 640 yards to 350. - AP Sports
09/07/16 - Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield entered the season high on many Heisman Trophy watch lists. After week one, he'd settle for just winning a game. Mayfield put up big numbers in the season opener against Houston, but the third-ranked Sooners lost 33-23 to the 15th-ranked Cougars last Saturday. Mayfield took much of the blame and vowed to improve before Oklahoma opens its home slate Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe. "I've just got to be better," he said. "I know what to expect of myself, and knowing how the team reacts to my play, it's even more important." Though Mayfield passed for 323 yards and two touchdowns, he was sacked five times and he missed open receivers at times and forced throws in other cases.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Mayfield got greedy. "I think probably pressing trying to make the big play instead of the simple play and the obvious play," Stoops said of some of the miscues. Mayfield went 9 for 9 for 162 yards and a touchdown in the first half and wasn't sacked. In the second half, he connected on 15 of 24 passes for 161 yards and a score, but he was sacked five times and he lost a fumble. "I didn't get the ball out as quick as I wanted," Mayfield said of his second-half effort. "They brought a couple different blitzes. Missed some holes where they left people open. Just decision making, knowing when they're going to blitz and what kind of gaps they're going to leave in their defense __ you've got to take advantage of it." - AP Sports
06/09/16 - The Big 12 will have to deal with Baker Mayfield for two more years instead of one. The conference adopted a rule change Thursday that gives back the Oklahoma quarterback the year of eligibility he lost when he transferred from Texas Tech, meaning he will be eligible to play for the Sooners in 2017. Mayfield finished fourth in the Heisman balloting last season and led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff. If the proposal had failed, this season would have been his last for the Sooners. Mayfield had appealed to Texas Tech to override its rule forcing him to lose the year, but a five-member panel of Tech's athletics council unanimously rejected it, saying its decision was in line with school and NCAA rules. Mayfield had been a vocal critic of Tech since that time, saying its ruling was unfair because he was never on scholarship.
Mayfield noted his approval of the change, tweeting: "And y'all thought you were getting rid of me...." Just a day earlier, things looked bleak. Faculty athletic representatives had deadlocked 5-5 on Wednesday regarding a proposed change that would have given him the year back, meaning it failed because it lacked a majority. On Thursday, a new proposal sought to allow non-scholarship transfers within the conference to avoid losing a year if the school the player is transferring from does give a written offer of aid. That proposal passed 7-3. - AP Sports
12/14/15 - 2015 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, Jr.,...A junior, Mayfield was tabbed the Offensive Player of the Year. He joins Sam Bradford (2008), Jason White (2003 and 2004) and Josh Heupel (2000) as the only OU players to win the honor. The recent winner of the Burlsworth Trophy, Mayfield ranks No. 2 nationally in yards per pass attempt (9.6) and pass efficiency rating (178.9), No. 6 in passing TDs (35) and points responsible for per game (21.0) and No. 7 in pass completion percentage (.686). - Oklahoma Football