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Oklahoma’s Big 12 Hopes Hinge on Trevor Knight’s Next Move

Trevor Knight

Trevor Knight

Oklahoma has long since put all its hopes into Trevor Knight at quarterback, and now the sophomore has to deliver.

Lucky for the Sooners, the national picture is as muddy as ever. A road loss to TCU may not eliminate Oklahoma from playoff contention, but the Horned Frogs proved that Knight will need to rise to the occasion before the Sooners face Baylor in November.

Against TCU, Knight passed for 309 yards and rushed for 61. He was able to strike at the Horned Frogs’ secondary with deep passes, including a 75-yard TD to Sterling Shepard.

But with the game in his hands, Knight struggled.

At a critical juncture in the second half, Oklahoma drifted away from the run game and put the game into Knight’s hands. Freshman Samaje Perine had scored three touchdowns on the day, but he averaged only 3.5 yards per carry.

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Meanwhile, Knight at one point was averaging better than 10 yards per pass attempt.

The numbers and explosiveness indicated Knight was OU’s best bet to complete the comeback against the Frogs.

At the end of the third quarter and into the fourth, Oklahoma called 10 passes in 11 plays, including eight pass plays in a row. Knight went 2-of-9 during that stretch with a sack. Knight also had a pass intercepted near the line of scrimmage by linebacker Paul Dawson. The 41-yard return for a touchdown became the game-winning score for TCU.

“The quarterback had been throwing slants and balls on a rope the whole game,” Dawson told the media. “As soon as he looked to my side I just felt it coming. I stepped out, caught the ball and sprinted. It was supposed to be a blitz.”

Knight and Oklahoma can dissect this game, but they can’t look too far ahead to Baylor on Nov. 8.

The Sooners face rival Texas this week, and the Longhorns quietly rank second in the Big 12 in pass efficiency defense (TCU is ranked first).

“I know for sure that if you keep losing you're not going to have much chance of anything,” Stoops told the media. “To play, you don't look at the end of the season. All we care about is next week. Period."