Sooner Football: Five Takeaways From Oklahoma’s Bedlam Victory

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Nov 28, 2015; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) runs the ball for a touchdown in the second half against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Sooners defeated the Cowboys 58-23. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Baker Mayfield Is a Heisman Finalist

Baker Mayfield once again proved he is the engine that makes the Sooners go with a solid game against the Pokes: Mayfield passed for 180 yards and two TDs, and also ran for 81 yards and one TD. But beyond the statistics, Mayfield once again showed the moxie and fearlessness he has displayed all season.

In what many college football fans and pundits are touting as a Heisman moment, Mayfield delivered a fierce downfield block that sprung running back Joe Mixon for a 66 yard TD. This play exemplified, in front of a nationwide audience, exactly what Mayfield is all about: an unselfish, fearless team leader who is willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win.

Even though coaches and fans wish he would play with a little less abandon (slide every now and then?) the fact is that Mayfield is who he is and would not be as effective if he held back. As the season winds down, it would be quite surprising if Mayfield does not get an invitation to New York for the Heisman ceremony.

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