Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Less Bedlam, more composed Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. — With his best receiver sidelined, Baker Mayfield still boosted his Heisman Trophy resume.

Mayfield passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 7 Oklahoma defeated No. 11 Oklahoma State 38-20 Saturday in a matchup that decided the Big 12 champion and likely guaranteed the Sooners a trip to the Sugar Bowl.

Mayfield performed well throughout, despite finishing the game without Biletnikoff Award finalist Dede Westbrook. The speedster caught four passes for 111 yards before being knocked out of the game in the second quarter on a crushing hit by Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns. Mayfield threw two touchdowns after Westbrook left the game, and the offense didn't miss a beat, finishing with 629 yards.

"He was just fantastic, he was just exactly what he needed to be," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said of Mayfield. "He gave our guys chances to make plays, he handled the ball great himself, had a few key runs for us, threw the ball. The guy's really, really talented. To be able to do what he did, there's not many guys who could do what he did today."

Mayfield finished fourth in the Heisman balloting last year, but didn't get an invitation to New York for the ceremony. He wants to go this year, and he wants Westbrook to get an invitation, too.

After the game, Mayfield wore a pin from the school with both his and Westbrook's names on it. Mayfield crossed out his own name with a marker to make sure Westbrook wasn't forgotten.

"Dede is the best player in the country," Mayfield said. "I still want to hold Dede's hand all the way to New York."

Samaje Perine rambled for 239 yards on a career-high 37 carries and Joe Mixon caught a touchdown pass and busted a 79-yard touchdown run for the Sooners (10-2, 9-0 Big 12, No. 9 College Football Playoff).

Mason Rudolph completed just 11 of 25 passes for 186 yards for Oklahoma State (9-3, 7-2, No. 10 CFP). His top target for the season, James Washington, caught just two passes for 50 yards on eight targets.

"Just a rough day," Rudolph said. "I'll take all the responsibility for the lack of production, especially in the second half. Obviously, it needed to be better."

LATE FRIDAY, Pac-12: Freshman safety Taylor Rapp returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown and Myles Gaskin rushed for 159 yards to help No. 4 Washington strengthen its case for a playoff berth with a 41-10 win over No. 9 Colorado (10-3, No. 8 CFP) in the Pac-12 title game in Santa Clara, Calif.

"We have a heck of a team, and we think we belong in there," coach Chris Petersen said. "I think they'll do what they should do, which is the right thing. … These guys have done everything they're supposed to do."

The Huskies (12-1, No. 4 CFP) broke open a close game when Rapp intercepted Sefo Liufau's passes on the first two drives of the second half for a touchdown and to set up a field goal that made it 24-7.

Washington rolled from there to its first conference title since 2000 with a performance likely to keep the Huskies in the top four when the CFP bids are handed out today.

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