Baker Mayfield accepts blame for Sooners’ offensive struggles

Tuesday September 6th, 2016

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was quick to accept blame following the team’s Week 1 upset loss to Houston.

“That's all on me,” Mayfield told reporters Monday, discussing the offense's second-half issues. “[The receivers] got open. That's all on me as the leader of the team and the captain. It's my job to deliver the ball. They got open for me. They did their part. Now, it's my responsibility to just deliver it to them.”

The Sooners scored two touchdowns and a field goal on their first four drives, but sputtered as the game ran on, with Mayfield often scrambling and Houston’s defense limiting Oklahoma enough to seal the win. He was sacked five times and threw nine second-half incompletions. 

Head coach Bob Stoops also openly discussed Mayfield’s struggles.

“I only have one quarterback. I don't like to throw players [under the bus] or name names, but at times, Baker held on [to the ball] and instead of taking what was open and what was there in his first read, was waiting for something different,” Stoops said. “Something that takes a little longer to progress, and that's not how the offense operates. We had guys in certain spot that would have been easier throws and would've helped us.”

Oklahoma, down from No. 3 to No. 14 in the AP Poll, next faces Louisiana-Monroe, before hosting Ohio State on Sept. 17.

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