Desperate to get a win, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley pulled quarterback Baker Mayfield out of the doghouse and inserted him into the game.
Previously, Riley stripped Mayfield of captain’s duties for grabbing his crotch and cursing at the Kansas bench and fans last week. The Heisman candidate turned emotional because he wanted to finish his career playing before the homecrowd.
Both got what they want as Oklahoma beat West Virginia 59-31.
USA Today said one of the advantages of Mayfield’s suspension was that the Sooners got a glimpse of their future with quarterback Kyler Murray who ran for 66 yards on the opening drive.
Nevertheless, it was Mayfield’s night.
After just two plays, Riley called his number and he responded. When the smoke cleared, he had three touchdowns and threw a total of 281 yards. By the end of the first half, the Sooners were already up 45-10, and they continued their blitz in the second half. The score appeared closer than the game because the Sooners took their foot of the gas pedal in the garbage time.
Bleacher Report said that the performance all but locked Mayfield for the Heisman trophy. If he does get the award, he would have become the sixth Sooners player to be conferred with the honor. Two other quarterbacks won it before, Sam Bradford and Jason White.
In fact, oddsmaker Bovada just virtually handed the award to Mayfield as it said, “Heisman odds are currently off the board as Baker Mayfield is too big of a favorite. He was 1/20 last week and would be even bigger this week.
On Nov. 18, Mayfield took to Twitter to apologize for his actions in the Kansas game. He said sorry to coaches and teammates, fans, Oklahoma University and to the parents whose kids were watching the game because “I was not the good and inspiring model that I aspire to be.”