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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

Trevor Knight led the procession of Sooners in a post-game high-five fest with Oklahoma fans who braved hostile territory and frigid temperatures.

All along the way, there were congratulations for the Sooner quarterback.

And if they had more than a fleeting moment with him, the Sooner fans might've thanked Knight, too. That's because he put the brakes on the quarterback carousel.


Knight is the guy.

On a day OU scored its most impressive win of the season, a 41-31 victory against Kansas State in a tough environment on a frigid afternoon against a hot team, the Sooners also found themselves a quarterback. Knight replaced Blake Bell, who suffered a concussion last week, and gave Sooner coaches no reason to think they should go back to Bell once he's healthy.

“Trevor was great throwin' and runnin',” Sooner coach Bob Stoops said.

Knight was a terror when he ran on zone reads or designed quarterback scampers. He rushed for 82 yards on 14 carries and made a couple runs that can't be coached.

Late in the first quarter with the Sooners facing third and 5 pinned deep in their own end, the Wildcats flushed Knight out of the pocket. He scrambled left, looking, looking, looking for a receiver. When he finally realized that no receiver was coming open, he decided to run for it.

But first, he pump faked.

It got a defender into the air, and as soon as the Wildcat was off the ground, Knight scampered to the sideline.

Six yards.

First down.

“That improvisation is really special,” Sooner co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell said, “and it's hard to defend.”

Remember when teammates said before the season that Knight had some Johnny Manziel in him?

Plays like that third down run make you understand what they saw.

“Eventually, I want to be a guy that can make my reads and make those third down passes,” Knight said, “but I think it's good that I have the ability to make those plays on third and fourth down.”

The way Knight threw it Saturday, you can see those late-down throws coming sooner rather than later. He went 14 of 20 for 171 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Wildcats.

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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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