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.”