SOUTH BEND, Ind.-- It wasn't much, just six plays in a game that had more than 125 of them.
But Trevor Knight savored it as much as he could.
With Knight sidelined the last two weeks with a knee injury, Blake Bell has seized not only the Oklahoma starting quarterback job but the role as team leader.
But Saturday at Notre Dame, Knight got another chance to quarterback the Sooners with the game on the line when Bell went to the locker room for intravenous fluids after cramping up in the third quarter.
He immediately reminded Sooners fans about why there was so much excitement when he was named the starter.
Even three weeks removed from spraining all four ligaments in his left knee — “that doesn't happen very often,” Knight said — the redshirt freshman was quick on his feet.
When Bell trotted off, co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel called a read-option play right off the bat.
Knight kept the ball and ran for 30 yards, the longest play on the ground for the Sooners in the 35-21 win.
“I've been out of it for the first time in my life for a couple weeks,” Knight said. “Coach Heup always stresses, ‘You've got to be ready when it's your time.' You don't know when it's going to happen so I just stayed ready.”
Knight completed his only pass on the drive and ran out of bounds on a scramble. The drive was finished off with a Michael Hunnicutt field goal to put the Sooners up 13 late in the third.
Knight beat out Bell for the starting job thanks in large part to his running.
Against West Virginia, Knight took a shot to his thigh early in the game and another to his knee just before halftime. He battled it out for about a quarter before giving way to Bell.
That night after the afternoon game, Knight realized it was more than just soreness.
His knee started tightening up that night and an MRI the next day showed all four of the ligaments — the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate, medial collateral and lateral collateral — were sprained.
“It's just facing a little adversity,” Knight said. “It's going to happen to everyone whether it's during a game or during a season like this. You can't get down.”
After Bell threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns against Tulsa and was efficient against Notre Dame, there is no quarterback controversy.
Bell is clearly the guy. There was, though, question about Knight being No. 2 after Kendal Thompson returned from a broken foot.
Earlier this week, coach Bob Stoops said he wasn't sure who would be the backup against the Irish, saying it would be Heupel's call.
Knight isn't completely back, but he's thrilled at getting those six plays Saturday.
“I feel good. I wouldn't say 100 percent but feel obviously good enough to play,” Knight said. “Coming out of the West Virginia game, your head's down a little bit even though we got the big win and just coming back in and getting a good play to start it off felt good.”