Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield had just enough time usually escape pressure through the first four games of the season. Against Texas, he had no time, and Oklahoma’s season sack allowed number nearly doubled.
Mayfield was sacked six times, twice as many as any other game this season. With a still very inexperienced line that is starting to show major cracks in front of him, Mayfield refused to say he’s lost confidence on the group Monday.
“It’s tough when you have an off day like that,” said Mayfield, who was sacked on one out of every seven pass plays against Texas. “When they get after us, I can’t look at that any differently. I can’t carry that over into practice or the next game.”
Mayfield took some of the responsibility, saying that he has to get the ball out of his hands quicker, and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops agreed. There were cases Saturday when his early success scrambling was actually a detriment to the offense because Mayfiele tried to escape when he didn’t need to, Stoops said.
The offensive line routinely was beat in one-on-one blocking against Texas, but there are thing Mayfield can do to help. He pointed to a completion to Michiah Quick as a time when he thought about running but instead found a receiver for a 22-yard gain – the second-longest completion for Mayfield against Texas.
“I have to sit in there and make my reads and try to get it out of my hands a little quicker,” he said. “If I do that, it’s going to make their jobs easier. It’s going to ease up the pass rush. We’ll see a difference.”