Bedlam places Mayfield atop Heisman race
NORMAN (AP) Baker Mayfield is no stranger to remarkable performances in his three seasons at Oklahoma, or his one year at Texas Tech before that.
Even by his lofty standards, what the No. 5 Sooners quarterback did in Saturday's 62-52 win over No. 12 Oklahoma State was impressive and it lifted the senior right back to the forefront of the Heisman Trophy discussion for a third straight season.
Mayfield threw for a school-record 598 yards in the victory, needing only 24 completions to break Landry Jones' previous best of 554 yards against West Virginia in 2012. It was the second time Mayfield has topped 500 yards passing in a game with the Sooners, and he threw five touchdowns in the win to extend his school-best streak of 35 straight games with a touchdown pass.
"He was awesome," Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. "Played at an elite level and broke a school record for passing. What more could you say? The guy, he's awesome."
Mayfield is now second nationally behind Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph while averaging 358.4 yards passing per game.
The Sooners, meanwhile, lead the country in passing offense with an average of 395 yards through the air per game ahead of even Washington State coach Mike Leach's Air Raid aerial attack (381.7).
All in all, it's been quite the senior-season encore for Mayfield after finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting last season and fourth the year before that.