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.
Trevor Knight's performance in relief of Bell certainly went a long way toward earning him another start next week against Kansas State.
But Thompson's performance, even in a limited sample size at the end of a blowout game, certainly had the looks of an audition.
He had two carries for 21 yards, showing the mobility that has made Knight an effective option and with his 47 yards on four passing attempts showed that he came move the ball down the field through the air a bit, which the Sooners have struggled with much of the season.
“Kendal came in at the end and also did a nice job,” Stoops said. “Those guys, it's exciting as a coach to see guys come in who haven't played a ton and they're ready for the moment and they take advantage of it and play well.”
Thompson fell behind Bell and Knight after suffering an injury very early in practice.
“A lot of people have been waiting to see Kendal play,” Sooners wide receiver Jalen Saunders said. “I feel like he went into the game and played really well.”