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The list of accomplishments for Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is pretty long.

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"One of the things that stood out was Baker Mayfield; [he] was sensational in running, passing, keeping things alive. [He] made some incredible plays. Sterling Shepard again was outstanding. He is such a big-play guy. Samaje Perine was also special. Also, what I was really proud of, maybe overall, was the make-shift O-line we had with our two senior captains [Ty Darlington and Nila Kasitati] out. Some guys who moved positions were in there and really played well. I know we wanted to play better when you go across the board, but still I thought they did a really good job." - Bob Stoops on the performance of the offense

"We have seen that in scrimmages when we go against each other. He has a good ability to feel the rush once it's on him and get out and scramble away from it. [He can] pull back and still wait for someone to come open and make the decision to run when he has the clear range to run. I've seen him escape our guys far too many times when we're out there in team sessions. We go against each other on Wednesdays in third-and-long sessions and he can find his way out of some things. In some of our scrimmages, when we're not breaking him down, the defense barely gets a hand on him and they want to act like they sacked him, but I won't blow the whistle because I don't feel like they had him. I've seen him run around pretty well. - Bob Stoops on Baker Mayfield's ability to escape defenders in the pocket

"That's bad ball. I was asked on the radio, ‘How do you force more turnovers?' I said, ‘The first thing is the other team's got to help you.' I said, ‘What did they do so differently to get two fumbles?' They tackled our guys and we fumbled, we tackled their guys all night and they didn't fumble. There's no magic in it. We forced three balls out a week ago and didn't [recover] any. Sometimes the other team's got to help you. We have to do a better job of holding on to the football. We had two red zone opportunities where we fumbled. We had an unnecessary celebration that moved us out of the red zone. Then we snapped the ball right near the red zone on fourth-andone when we weren't supposed to snap the ball. We were supposed to wait, draw them off sides, audible, get a call in. We had four opportunities down there with the lineups and that's bad football. So we have to be better than that in those areas anyway—that's just playing smart and taking care of the football. That's changes everything. - Bob Stoops on Oklahoma's turnovers and mistakes

"Decision making. We're not putting a lot of balls in danger, even the two interceptions he threw at Tennessee were just dropped and the other was a missed assignment. His decision making as far as where to put the ball, it's been good. He's been aggressive enough and he's been smart. We haven't thrown a lot of balls in to double-coverage. For the most part, we're getting the ball where we need to get it." - Lincoln Riley on what he was most pleased with about Baker Mayfield

"The tempo bothered us. We couldn't get our fronts and coverages matched up. The speed was a factor in getting our guys lined up. The speed went faster than they (Tulsa) have gone in the past and we were just lethargic. We just weren't sharp." - Mike Stoops on the pace of the Tulsa offense

"That's pretty humbling, especially because of the tradition here. That's something that's pretty special to me knowing who all has come through here, but I mean we had so much more on the table. Who knows what we could have done if we just would executed all of our stuff." - Baker Mayfield on setting new records at Oklahoma

"We're not discouraged. This is basically a step for us to say ‘hey, we can't get too bigheaded. We've got to come to work every single day.' We can't sleep on any team. Any team is capable of beating anybody." - Steven Parker on the mindset of the defense

"He was lighting it up. He does a great job of extending plays and you just got to run with him. He'll find you down the field - he's always looking to pass first, but he'll stick his toe in the ground and run too and you got to see a little bit of that today." - Sterling Shepard on Baker Mayfield's performance

"Tight ends are unique because they are a little bit harder to cover and harder to figure out for the defense. Also, working on the blocking will help us throw the ball a lot more." - Mark Andrews On the use of tight ends in the offense

Game Notes

  • The Sooners are 92-8 at home under Bob Stoops
  • Oklahoma is 40-2 against non-conference opponents, at home, under Stoops.
  • OU improved to 13-3-1 at home against Tulsa
  • Baker Mayfield's 61-yard touchdown pass to Mark Andrews in the second quarter capped a 49-second drive, OU's second quickest scoring strike of the season.
  • OU's 773 yards of total offense ranks as the fourth most in a single game in school history and is the most by the Sooners since 1988 (829 yards vs. Kansas State).
  • The 1,376 combined total yards of offense ranks as the second most in a game in school history. The record is 1,440 at West Virginia in 2012.
  • Freshman tight end mark Andrews scored his first touchdown as a Sooner on a 61-yard pass from Baker Mayfield late in the second quarter.
  • Baker Mayfield's 572 yards of total offense set the school single-game record and rank as the seventh-most by a player in Big 12 history.
  • Mayfield's 487 passing and 85 rushing yards were both career highs.
  • His 39-yard touchdown run in the first quarter marked the longest rushing play of his career. The run is also the longest by a Sooner this season.
  • Mayfield became one of six players in school history to account for six touchdowns in game. He joined Landry Jones (twice), Josh Heupel (twice), Quentin Griffin, Sam Bradford and Trevor Knight.
  • He became the first player in college football since at least 2000 with at least three passing TDs and at least one rushing TD in each of his team's first three games of a season.
  • Mayfield also became the first Oklahoma quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards since Blake Bell (413) against Tulsa in 2013.
  • With 152 rushing yards, Samaje Perine recorded his seventh career game of 100 yards or more.
  • With 144 receiving yards, Sterling Shepard recorded his ninth career game of 100 yards or more.
  • Shepard passed Trent Smith to rank seventh in program history with 165 career receptions.

  • Hatari Byrd recorded 15 tackles which is the most by a Sooner defensive back since 2010 (Quinton Carter vs. Texas Tech).