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Oklahoma football: In Bedlam game, Trevor Knight will be tested like never before

by Jason Kersey Published: December 6, 2013

Thompson's Bedlam experience wasn't frigid, but he quarterbacked Oklahoma's 2006 Big 12 Championship Game victory over Nebraska in a numbingly cold Arrowhead Stadium.

“One thing that some people don't think about is enunciating, saying words in the huddle,” Thompson said. “Trevor doesn't have to deal with it as much because he's not in a huddle, but still, getting through your cadence or making a check is tough. It was almost like leaving the dentist's office. Your mouth and your face is frozen.”

In addition to a hostile crowd and the freezing cold, Knight faces an Oklahoma State defense that has forced 29 turnovers this season. The Cowboys rank second in the nation in turnover margin.

Knight took care of the ball against Kansas State for the most part, save for one first-quarter interception that the Wildcats failed to turn into points. The Sooners also fumbled twice in Manhattan, but recovered them both.

Miscues like that on Saturday — in that environment, in that weather and against this opponent — could be catastrophic.

“Coming off the big win against Baylor, they're gonna be rocking,” Knight said. “It's a big-time rivalry game, so there's gonna a lot of fans going crazy and it's gonna be a crazy atmosphere.

“We just have to stay even keel and do what we're supposed to do.”