Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield passed concussion tests given to him both during Saturday's win over TCU and Sunday, and his removal from the game after halftime was precautionary, NewsOK.com reported Sunday
The Sooners’ medical staff will continue to monitor Mayfield’s status over the next couple days, but the signs so far appear good for his chances to play in Saturday’s regular-season finale at Oklahoma State.
Mayfield was injured during Saturday’s 30-29 win over TCU. He was shaken up early in the second quarter by a helmet-to-helmet hit from TCU linebacker Ty Summers, who was ejected for targeting.
The Sooners (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) can clinch the conference title with a victory over the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1).
Baylor can clinch with an OU loss and wins at TCU on Friday (6:30 p.m., ESPN) and Dec. 5 at home against Texas (11 a.m.)
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Mayfield will be evaluated by medical staff before any decisions are made.
“That’ll all be up to our doctors and trainers,” Stoops said after the game. “It’s a short time after the game. I sure don’t know anything right now. They’ll be thorough, though, in checking him, and do what they need to do.”
Mayfield rose on Heisman Trophy watch lists after leading the Sooners to victory at Baylor the previous week. He’s completed 69 percent of his passes, with 32 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also 343 yards rushing and six TDs.
Mayfield played the rest of the first half after the hit from Summers.
“Our trainers and doctors were constantly, with each series, every time Baker was off, checking him, asking him questions, making sure he was OK, and everything was checking out fine,” Stoops said. “And then at halftime, they approached him again to go over some things and Baker admitted to having a headache, and that’s when our doctors said we’re not going to have him play.”
Trevor Knight stepped in and completed just 5 of 16 passes for 76 yards, with one interception. Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley took the blame for Knight’s struggles.
“We weren’t aggressive enough,” Riley said. “We got away from who we are offensively.”
Paul Rhoads was one of the most popular coaches at Iowa State. He just didn’t win enough to keep his job.
Iowa State said that athletic director Jamie Pollard told Rhoads on Sunday that he’s out after seven seasons.
Rhoads went 32-54 with the Cyclones. But he won just eight games in his final three seasons as the program slipped back into mediocrity.
Rhoads led Iowa State to just its third bowl win in his first season. But Iowa State is 3-8 this season; blowing a 35-28 lead with 1:31 to go in Saturday’s loss at Kansas State.
Iowa State signed Rhoads to a 10-year, $20 million contract before the 2012 season.
Rhoads is due a buyout of roughly $4.5 million under the terms of that deal.
Rhoads will coach his final game with Iowa State on Saturday at West Virginia.
Iowa up to No. 3
Iowa moved to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, taking advantage of the first losses by Ohio State and Oklahoma State to slip in behind No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama.
Notre Dame is fourth and Oklahoma is fifth.
The unbeaten Hawkeyes (11-0) have their best ranking since being No. 3 in 2002.
They have clinched the Big Ten West and a spot in the conference title on Dec. 5.
Michigan State jumped three spots to No. 6 after upsetting Ohio State 17-14 on Saturday. The Buckeyes, who began the season as a unanimous No. 1 and slipped to No. 2 earlier this month, fell to eighth.
Oklahoma State’s 45-35 loss to Baylor dropped the Cowboys from fourth to ninth and pushed Baylor to seventh.
TCU fell from 11th to 15th.