Baker Mayfield captures Oklahoma’s sixth Heisman; basketball teams pick up huge wins
Welcome to the Monday edition of our Oklahoma DieHards morning roundup, where we take you through all the biggest headlines around Oklahoma athletics.
Baker Mayfield’s Heisman
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was named the sixth Heisman winner in Oklahoma history on Saturday night. Mayfield’s name is officially written in the Pantheon of college football, along such names as Billy Sims, Sam Bradford and Jason White.
Mayfield put together one of the best seasons of all time for the Sooners this season, throwing for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns. He also set the all-time record for passer rating and led the Sooners to a College Football Playoff appearance. The Sooners take on Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
Mayfield’s Heisman victory was one of the most dominant in the history of the sport. He earned 732 first-place votes, more than 650 votes better than second-place Stanford running back Bryce Love. Louisville quarterback and 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson was the only other finalist, nearly 700 first-place votes behind Mayfield.
The mark of 86 percent ranks third all-time among Heisman winners. Only Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in 2014 and Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith in 2006 have won the award by greater margins. Mayfield’s margin put him ahead of 1998 winner Ricky Williams and 1993 winner Charlie Ward.
Other headlines from around the program
- The focus has now shifted to Mayfield’s draft status, but at least one big name isn’t concerned. ESPN insider Adam Schefter guaranteed Mayfield will be a first-round pick.
- Rose Bowl tickets are coming out, but don’t try to obtain them online. All Rose Bowl tickets are physical – none are distributed online or print-at-home.
- Mayfield went downtown in New York City before the Heisman ceremony and visited Wall Street. While posing with the bull, Mayfield made sure to throw a horns down.
Basketball teams beat ranked opponents
Oklahoma’s basketball programs had a fantastic weekend. Both played ranked opponents, and both came home with monumental victories.
Men’s basketball edged No. 25 USC 85-83 in a big-time matchup at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Freshman Trae Young had another sensational game with 29 points and 9 assists in leading the Sooners to the impressive victory. He leads the nation in scoring with 28.8 points per game on 47.9 percent from the field.
Women’s basketball also had a big win, a 79-74 victory over No. 16 USF at the Lloyd Noble Center. It was the team’s first win over a top-25 nonconference opponent at home since the 2013 season. Gabbi Ortiz scored 31 points on just 14 shot attempts in the win. Vionise Pierre-Louis added 18 points and 7 rebounds for the Sooners.
What they’re saying on Twitter
Defensive tackle Du’Vonta Lampkin
Heartbreaking. I’m sorry Keaton that this is something you have to go through. You are a very strong young guy to even speak up about it. Wish there was a way to stop bullying because no one deserves it. https://t.co/rvnXFXPMYz
— Du’Vonta Lampkin LLT🌎 (@DeeChilllin) December 10, 2017
Cornerback Tre Brown
That dedication 6 gone be tough 😧
— Tre Brown (@T_Brown25) December 10, 2017
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson
I can finally say it now Welcome to the Family bro🤘🏾🤘🏾 @baker_mayfield6
— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) December 10, 2017
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