NORMAN — Blake Bell replaced Trevor Knight as Oklahoma’s quarterback in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s 16-7 win over West Virginia after Knight threw two third-quarter interceptions.
But was Knight’s benching more than just performance-based?
A couple Sooners alluded in postgame interviews to Knight being “banged up,” and Sunday morning, Tricia Knight, Trevor’s mother, posted a status on Facebook from Oklahoma City’s McBride Orthopedic Hospital that said, “Praying no damage to Trevor’s knee.”
Later Sunday, ESPN.com reported that Knight had an MRI on his knee but that the injury isn’t thought to be serious, citing a team source.
Knight appeared to take a shot to his knee just before halftime, when he kept the ball on an option play and ran up the middle toward the end zone. West Virginia safety Karl Joseph dove at his legs to bring Knight down at the Mountaineers’ 3-yard line.
Knight was a little slow to get up, and seemed to limp around on the field just before OU called a timeout.
During the break, OU staffers briefly examined Knight’s leg, but the redshirt freshman went back into the game for one more play — he overthrew Jalen Saunders in the end zone — before halftime.
In the first half, Knight completed 9 of 15 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown, and also rushed seven times for 55 yards.
After the break, though, he didn’t record any rushes, and coaches appeared to move away from dialing up options, instead asking Knight to either hand off to a running back or drop back and pass.
Knight completed 1 of 5 pass attempts in the second half for six yards.
When Bell entered the game with 14:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, he ran up the middle for 10 yards on his first snap.