Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield’s status for Saturday’s night matchup at Oklahoma State remains unclear, but there is good news to dish out for Sooner fans.
Multiple outlets reported, and confirmed by Sooners Illustrated, Mayfield passed concussion tests Saturday night during the game and then once again Sunday. He will continue to be monitored during the week.
Mayfield left the game at halftime of OU’s eventual 30-29 victory against TCU. Head coach Bob Stoops said after the game Mayfield complained of a headache at halftime.
“At halftime, they approached him again wanting to go over some things and Baker admitted to having a headache,” Stoops said. “That’s when our doctors said, ‘We’re not going to have you play anymore.’ I’m sure there was more to it than that.
“I’m not part of the whole testing situation and everything they do. I know our doctors are incredible thorough and always err on the safe side. Once we did find a symptom, that’s when they made sure they pulled him.”
Mayfield had thrown for two touchdowns as OU took a 23-7 into halftime. Mayfield has taken a number of monster hits this season, including a helmet-to-helmet targeting shot in the second quarter against the Horned Frogs.
Without Mayfield, the offense sputtered. Backup quarterback Trevor Knight was unable to develop a rhythm and also threw a costly interception in the fourth quarter. The Sooners’ lone scoring drive came on a 72-yard run by Samaje Perine in the third quarter.
Perine is also the topic of injury as he suffered an ankle injury. Although he did return to the game, he was getting treatment Saturday night and did not address the media.
OU was able to survive against the Horned Frogs and moved to No. 5 in both of the polls Sunday afternoon. The college football playoff ranking, which had OU No. 7 entering the week, will be revealed Tuesday evening.
The Sooners have won six consecutive games and have a chance to claim the conference championship with a Bedlam win in Stillwater on Saturday night. For the second consecutive road game, College Game Day will be in attendance.
For the season, Mayfield has completed 69 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,209 yards with 33 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He has also rushed for six more scores.
Another optimistic sign regarding Mayfield is the fact he is tentatively scheduled to address the media Monday afternoon. Stoops has long had a rule where injured players do not talk to the media until they have played in a game once again. It’s still subject to change, but Mayfield is supposed to speak Monday.
The Sooners opened as a 3.5-point favorite over the Cowboys, another indicator the belief is Mayfield will be back Saturday night.