For all that’s been going right in Norman, Okla., as of late, the Sooners have made headlines for the wrong reasons a time or two.
By now, the college football world is well aware of Baker Mayfield’s incident during Oklahoma’s blowout win over Kansas, as his crotch grabs and cursing were caught on camera and thus, resulted in what amounted to a two-play suspension the following week against West Virginia.
The next time out, Mayfield kept his composure throughout, but in what became an emotional and chippy game, the same couldn’t be said of all of the Sooners. Headlining the numerous skirmishes that occurred throughout Oklahoma’s 59-31 win over West Virginia was Sooners offensive guard Dru Samia, who, after being pinned to the ground by Mountaineers defensive end Adam Shuler, threw a punch before promptly jumping up and charging towards Shuler.
Consequently, Samia was ejected, and per NCAA rules, his actions will cause him to miss the first half of Oklahoma’s Big 12 Championship battle with TCU on Saturday.
To that end, with the stakes as high as they are for the Sooners, Mayfield weighed in on the need for Oklahoma to keep its composure in what should be another emotional matchup with TCU
“In big games, you’ve got to keep your poise,” Mayfield said, via Brooke Pryor of NewsOK.com. “In chippy, physical battles, you’ve got to do the same.
“It’s going to be a big game. It has playoff implications on it,” Mayfield added. “There’s a lot on the line Saturday. The team that does its job the best and is the most physical is going to win.”
And make no mistake about it; if history is of any indication, the Big 12 Championship will prove to be yet another chippy, physical battle between Oklahoma and TCU.
In each of the last three meetings, a Horned Frog has been ejected from the game, such as defensive end Mat Boesen earlier this year for kicking in the direction of two Oklahoma players.
This time around, the bitterness remains, but the stakes will be even much higher than they were in Week 11, as an Oklahoma win means yet another conference title and a trip to the College Football Playoff.
With that in mind, Mayfield noted the need for a line to be drawn on Saturday; one that his Sooners certainly can’t afford to cross.
“There’s going to be harsh feelings,” Mayfield said. “Bitterness towards each other. But in the end, there’s got to be respect, because you’re both out there trying to play well and trying to win. So yeah, sometimes you go too far. That’s where it needs to be drawn back a little bit.”
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