Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has been a lightning rod in recent weeks and everything came to a crescendo given what took place against Kansas with Mayfield gesturing toward the opponent’s sideline and garnering headlines. As a result, Oklahoma produced an oft-mocked response given Mayfield’s early-game suspension against West Virginia but, eventually, the All-American and Heisman Trophy front-runner did take the field for the Sooners.
When he did, things went (very) well for Mayfield and his team… with the exception of an egregious dirty shot that was administered to the quarterback without ejection.
As you can see, the shot on Mayfield did draw a flag but the play immediately generated controversy in that the West Virginia defender was not ejected for what seemed to be clearly malicious.
Of course, a large portion of the college football world was likely rooting against Mayfield and his team given his personal actions lately but, in the same breath, targeting a quarterback’s head (or that of any player) is never appropriate. Fortunately, Mayfield escaped without actual damage and, well, the Sooners had no trouble in dispatching of the Mountaineers on the way to an appearance in the Big 12 title game next week in a rematch with TCU.