Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Three reasons Ohio State lost to Oklahoma

Three reasons Ohio State lost to Oklahoma

Mayfield running around insane with the flag is just Baker being Baker.

After the win, he grabbed an OU flag, ran by the Oklahoma section of the stadium and planted it at midfield.

Mayfield sprinted around the field waving a Sooners flag before stopping to emphatically plant it in the middle of the huge block "O" logo at the 50-yard line as his teammates cheered.

Current and former Ohio State Buckeyes tried to put their best spin on the 31-16 loss Saturday to Oklahoma , even as their fans woke up Sunday morning hoping it was all a bad dream.

Mayfield completed 27 of 35 passes for 386 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Sooners to one of their biggest nonconference victories in years.

Quarterbacks always get too much credit when things are going well and too much blame when they aren't. "I was planning on doing something, but I didn't know what it was". This was the Big 12 Conference's statement.

It was more of the same on Saturday night.

Call it a validation, payback, whatever. Mayfield is known for having emotional outbursts on the field, so it's not a surprise.

A big win over Oklahoma helped put the Buckeyes in the playoffs past year. "Back in 2014, we lost to Virginia Tech (in the second game, at home, 35-21) and I was 9 of 28 (with three interceptions)". A lot of it is going to be on him. It's just that beating Pitt doesn't rise to the level of the wins the top four teams in the rankings have so far. The Sooners came back down the field and scored on a 36-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Baker Mayfield to senior fullback Dimitri Flowers.

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David Sills V was absolutely explosive in the Mountaineers' 56-20 victory over East Carolina, erupting for 153 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, who turned 34 on Tuesday, sprinted toward the fans near the north end zone in Ohio Stadium following his team's impressive victory. Here is my top 10: Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson, USC, Penn State, Oklahoma State, Michigan, Washington, Ohio State, Wisconsin. Vince Young needed a last-minute touchdown pass back in Texas' 2005 championship season.

The Sooners held Ohio State on fourth down the following series and began building their big advantage.

The first pivotal Pac-12 game is a rivalry that has been dominated lately by the longtime underdog. He left no room for drama, and that left the coaches gushing about the total team effort.

Riley said the incident shouldn't overshadow the game.

2 - Oklahoma is the only team to defeat two Associated Press No. 2 teams on the road in this century (No. 2 Kansas State in 2000 and No. 2 Ohio State in 2017).

"Never seen anything like him", he said.

I've been around long enough to remember when OSU quarterback Joe Germaine would throw for 300 yards just falling out of bed.

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