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Oklahoma football: Quarterback Kendal Thompson impressive in much-anticipated debut

by Ryan Aber Published: November 16, 2013


photo - Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson passes against Iowa State in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.  Oklahoma won 48-10. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma quarterback Kendal Thompson passes against Iowa State in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Oklahoma won 48-10. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

NORMAN — Oklahoma fans got what they wanted Saturday.

The Sooners won, beating Iowa State 48-10. Roy Finch started and got plenty of carries early. And quarterback Kendal Thompson finally got a chance to show what he could do.

After last week's paltry offensive performance against Baylor, plenty of Sooners fans clamored for Thompson to get a shot.

His dad, former Sooners quarterback Charles Thompson, openly advocated on a postgame radio show following the Baylor loss that his son get a shot.

With 6:42 left in the fourth quarter, OU holding a 41-10 lead and starting quarterback Blake Bell standing on the sidelines without a helmet following an early injury, Kendal Thompson finally came in.

The redshirt sophomore who had yet to see action in a game received a large ovation when he trotted onto the field.

Thompson didn't throw for 500 yards, complete all 18 of his passes and rush for another 100, like Sooners coach Bob Stoops said earlier in the week he'd like to see after being asked whether he would give Thompson a shot.

But Thompson didn't do much to dampen enthusiasm about him.

On his first play, he ran for 12 yards to get the Sooners out of the shadow of the end zone.

Two plays later, he hit Lacoltan Bester for a 44-yard gain. Four plays later, Thompson hit Aaron Ripkowski for a 3-yard touchdown on Ripkowski's first career touch.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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