Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield said – and maybe pretended – all week that this was just another game, although briefly acknowledging that there was a little bit of a revenge factor against Texas Tech.
But Saturday, he pumped his fist a little harder and cheered a little louder. He got in Oklahoma linebackers coach Tim Kish’s ear, trying to help the Sooners recognize formations.
He came out firing. He wanted this game.
“Football’s an emotional game, and I used to attend there,” Mayfield said. “It’s just a fact. So there was little bit coming into it but I had to look at it like a normal game. That’s the focus we came into it with and that’s how we had to execute.”
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops spoke with Mayfield before the game and asked him a simple question. Stoops wanted to know if Mayfield knew what caused the quarterback’s best performances.
Mayfield response confirmed to Stoops that his quarterback understood importance of not getting to amped for Saturday’s game against his former home.
But he wanted this game. Center Ty DarlingtonTy Darlington wanted it for him. There was a revenge factor out there Saturday that Mayfield achieved.
“I think you’d be lying if you said there wasn’t any extra emotion there for him or for a lot of us,” Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said. “. . . In the grand scheme of things, this was about Baker playing for Oklahoma and nothing to do with Texas Tech. And I thought he approached it that way all week. Did he have some extra emotion out there today? Yes. But I thought you saw a mature guy that managed it well and didn’t let it become a distraction.”
Mayfield walked off the field Saturday night after exchanging brief words with Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who didn’t offer him a scholarship and blocked his transfer to Oklahoma – forcing him to forfeit a year of eligibility.
He was asked how he felt at that moment, vengeance enacted and the game finished.
“It’s a good win. It’s a Big 12 win,” Mayfield said almost ignoring the query. “Our first goal is the Big 12 championship so that’s what came to mind. It was a good team win. Obviously defense held a top-five offense in the country and got four turnovers. That’s good for our overall game. We just need to keep getting better. The score should’ve been a lot different. They had 14 points off turnovers. We should have been better.”
Sanchez gets a break
When Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez first went down with a leg injury on the first play of the game, Sooners’ coach Bob Stoops feared the worst.
Sanchez was helped off the field with the use of a cart and was fitted for a walking boot.
Although after the game, the news was better.
Stoops said that Sanchez just had a sprain. He didn’t set a timetable.
“It’ll just be the usual see-how-long-it-takes to heal,” Stoops said
No longer perfect
Oklahoma freshman kicker Austin Seibert had set a new school record with 10 made field goals to start his career.
He finally missed one against Texas Tech. Seibert pushed his 32-yarder wide left.
“You don’t make them all,” Stoops said.