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QB Baker Mayfield perfect in Oklahoma spring game

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm •  Published: April 12, 2014
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An ineligible player stole the show at Oklahoma's spring game.

Baker Mayfield, who transferred from Texas Tech in January and can't play until next year, completed all nine of his passes for 125 yards and two scores to help the White team defeat the Red 28-13 on Saturday.

Mayfield finished his first drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Taylor McNamara. On his first possession of the second half, he completed a pretty 28-yard pass to Connor Knight between defenders before finishing the drive with a 28-yard touchdown on a beautiful back-shoulder throw to Jordan Smallwood.

"Disappointing for him that rules don't allow him to play," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "But in the end, he's been a great teammate to these guys. The players all love him."

Oklahoma fans have been fired up since the win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The spring game drew 43,500, a total the school said was a record for the 16-year Stoops era.

Sophomore Trevor Knight, the Sugar Bowl MVP, completed just 5 of 14 passes for 53 yards and threw an interception.

"At the end of the day, the disadvantage against the offense is the defense is so familiar with you," Stoops said. "They know by formation what routes. It makes it harder, but we're very pleased with what Trevor has done overall."

Linebacker Frank Shannon, the team's top returning tackler, did not play for personal reasons.

Stoops said defensive end Geneo Grissom will miss six weeks after spraining his left MCL, but is expected back for June workouts. Fullback Dimitri Flowers hyperextended his left knee and is expected to be fine.

The game wasn't all it could have been. More than 10 players sat out due to nagging injuries, none of which are expected to be long-term issues.

Here are five observations from Saturday's game:

BACKUP QUARTERBACK UNCLEAR: The Sooners need to sort out their backup situation since Knight is the clear starter and Blake Bell, who spent some of last season as the starting quarterback, has moved to tight end. Freshman Cody Thomas, who splits time with the baseball team, and Justice Hansen, an early enrollee, are battling for the job. Thomas completed 5 of 9 passes for 52 yards and a score, and Hansen completed 4 of 8 passes for 58 yards and two interceptions.

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