Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cleveland Browns Claim Former Sooner Gabe Ikard Off Waivers

The Cleveland Browns were busy on Monday, adding both a quarterback and an offensive lineman. They claimed Joe Callahan, who was waived by the Saints on Saturday and Gabe Ikard, who was waived by Buffalo.

Ikard, a center, was originally signed by the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He has appeared in six career games. The Browns acquired him during the 2015 season, but he was inactive for one game. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

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Baker Mayfield Named Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week

For the third time in his career, and the first time in 2016, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield has been named Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week.

Mayfield was given the distinction Tuesday after turning in his best career game in a 66-59 win Saturday at Texas Tech, his former school. The redshirt junior connected for a school-record seven touchdowns and did not throw an interception. He was 27-of-36 through the air for a career-high 545 yards, nine shy of the OU single-game record. His 564 yards of total offense were eight short of his own program standard.

The Austin, Texas, product averaged 20.2 yards per completion and 15.1 yards per attempt in the contest, and his 266.3 passing efficiency rating was the best in school history among players with at least 30 throws.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Joe Mixon Named Co-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

University of Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon has been named the Co-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after his all-around performance in OU's 66-59 road win over Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock.

In a game that featured an NCAA-record 1,708 yards of combined total offense (854 by each team), Mixon shouldered most of the OU backfield load with fellow running back Samaje Perine out due to injury.

Mixon accounted for 377 all-purpose yards, the most by an FBS player this season, the second most in OU history and the fourth most in Big 12 annals.

The redshirt sophomore from Oakley, Calif., carried the ball 31 times for a career-high 263 yards (most by a Big 12 player this year and sixth most in school history; 8.5 average) and two touchdowns, and caught four passes for 114 yards (28.5 average) and three TDs. The three receiving scores set a record for an OU running back.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mike Stoops Calls Defensive Performance Against Texas Tech 'Embarrassing'

Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops walked into his postgame press conference and feigned a joke that was likely serious.

“I was hoping I wouldn’t have to come in here,” Stoops said.

He faced the tough task of explaining how his defense allowed 854 yards of total offense in Saturday’s 66-59 victory against Texas Tech.

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“We had no control,” Stoops said. “At no time did we feel good in any aspect of what we were doing. Pressures weren’t good enough. Coverage wasn’t good enough. Making them pull it down and run wasn’t good enough. There was nothing good.

Sooners Defeat Red Raiders in Shootout, 66-59

Oklahoma's wild 66-59 win Saturday night over Texas Tech produced a number of record-breaking performances on both sides.

At least seven FBS records were broken or tied, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

The Sooners and Red Raiders shattered the FBS record for combined yards in a game with 1,708 -- both sides finished with 854 yards apiece. The previous record of 1,640 yards was set by San Jose State and Nevada in 2001.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Oklahoma Baseball Releases 2017 Schedule

University of Oklahoma head baseball coach Pete Hughes released his team’s 2017 schedule on Monday afternoon. For the first time in five years, the Sooners will open on the road; beginning with opening day at Long Beach State on Friday, February 17 to begin a three-game series. Oklahoma gets the first home game of the slate under its belt on Tuesday, February 21 against Grambling State at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

An evenly balanced schedule features 27 home games, 26 road games, including two trips to the Eastern Time zone and one to the Pacific, and the Bedlam series in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. The Sooners play nearly half of its schedule, 24 games, against 10 teams that finished 2016 in the top-75 of the RPI ratings. A total of 18 games come against seven opponents that appeared in a NCAA Regional; eight of which will be played at home.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

NBA GMs Pick Former Sooner Buddy Hield To Finish Second For ROTY

The NBA's 30 general managers have made their annual predictions for the upcoming season and they have former Sooner and current New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Buddy Hield finishing second behind Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Kris Dunn for the rookie of the year award.

WR Dede Westbrook Says There's Room For Improvement

Dede Westbrook was mad for dropping what could have been touchdown No. 4. Westbrook was ready to go back on the practice field — as a champion golfer would go back to the putting green or the driving range after a sub-par round — to fix little things.

“I can’t miss a pass like that,’’ Westbrook said. “I slowed down. That’s something I can control. It was a lack of focus on my part. I need to catch 10 or 15 passes like that. I have to work more. That’s something I can fix and work on. It was just a lack of effort.’’

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Former Oklahoma QB Landry Jones To Start For Steelers

Former Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones will get the start Sunday when the Steelers play the 5-1 New England Patriots at Heinz Field.

Ben Roethlisberger underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, and at his weekly press conference, Tomlin quickly ruled out a quick return for his franchise quarterback.