Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield left Saturday’s game against the TCU Horned Frogs after a crushing blow knocked him out right before halftime. He had to be helped off the field with what appeared to be a lower leg injury after having fumbled the ball on a crushing hit.
He returned in the second half with a heavily taped ankle.
Prior to his exit, Mayfield had led the Sooners to a 35-21 lead over the Horned Frogs in the team’s Big 12 opener. He was 10-for-15 with 194 passing yards and two touchdowns in the game to wide receiver Dede Westbrook.
Mayfield entered the game 1-2 as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback in 2016 after having led his team to the College Football Playoff and finishing fourth in 2015 Heisman Trophy voting. He was completing 64.7 percent of his passes coming into the game, having thrown for 793 yards and seven touchdowns, including two interceptions. Mayfield threw for 3,700 yards and 36 touchdowns last season.
Known for his diminutive stature and fierce playing style, the former walk-on at Texas Tech who won the starting job as a freshman, has had a wild collegiate career. He will go down in history as the first player to start a game at quarterback as a true freshman walk-on at a Power 5 conference school when he won the starting quarterback job at Texas Tech. He then transferred to Oklahoma and beat out incumbent starting quarterback Trevor Knight (now the Texas A&M signal caller) for the starter job.
Next weekend, the Sooners will play the Texas Longhorns in the Red River Rivalry, which the Longhorns won in a shocker last season, giving Oklahoma their only loss of the regular season.