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Oklahoma football: The Sooners have found themselves a quarterback

JENNI CARLSON COMMENTARY — Trevor Knight has finally done it. With his impressive performance in the Sooners' win over Kansas State, he effectively ended Oklahoma's quarterback derby.
by Jenni Carlson Published: November 23, 2013

photo - Trevor Knight had his best game of the season for Oklahoma in a 41-31 win over Kansas State. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Trevor Knight had his best game of the season for Oklahoma in a 41-31 win over Kansas State. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

His performance was made all the more impressive by the fact that the conditions were tough. The Flint Hills wind was whipping, and it was so arrestingly cold that several fans inside the stadium required CPR.

Knight looked completely comfortable, though.

And that interception? It was because of a receiver mistake, a route Knight was expecting would be cut off but wasn't.

“There's no doubt with his speed, his ability to make cuts and run the football, he's dangerous back there,” Sooner center Gabe Ikard said. “For him to be able to make plays in the pass game and keep this offense balanced was huge today. I think that's one of the big reasons we had success.”

It started right away. Knight was 3 of 3 on the Sooners' first possession, throwing three great balls. A 15-yarder to Jalen Saunders on a rollout. A 22-yarder to Durron Neal on a play-action. A 12-yarder to Sterling Shepard on a slant for a touchdown.

That kept the Wildcats honest and set up what the Sooners did the rest of the day, gashing the defense for 301 yards rushing.

Truthfully, this is the look that we thought the Sooners would have this season — a run-first offense with lots of quarterback run and effective passing — but it's the offense we thought the Sooners would have because this is the quarterback we thought they'd have. Knight finally played the way he always seemed capable, finally had definitive answers for all the Sooners' quarterback questions.

“I thought he really matured today,” Norvell said. “To play this well on the road, in these elements ... I thought it was a huge step for Trevor.”

It was a pretty big one for the Sooners, too.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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