Baker Mayfield Named National Player of the Week

Doing it with his arm and legs, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield helped the Sooners hand Baylor its first loss of the season.

For his efforts, Mayfield was named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week for the 11th week of the college football season on Tuesday.

Mayfield, a transfer from Texas Tech who went to Austin Lake Travis High School, completed 24 of 34 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns. He added 74 yards and a score rushing as Oklahoma beat Baylor 44-34 in Waco.

The Sooners snapped the Bears’ 20-game home winning streak as Mayfield earned his third Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honor. It was the first time Baylor had lost at the new McLane Stadium.

Mayfield has thrown for 3,082 yards with 31 touchdowns to five interceptions this year. He’s also the team’s third-leading rusher with 301 yards and six scores. He’s currently second in the country in passer rating behind injured Baylor quarterback Seth Russell.

Oklahoma improved to 9-1 with the win, the lone loss coming to Texas. Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he thinks his team can be a playoff contender if it wins out.

“Go into their backyard on a night like tonight and play this way, you know, we’re one of those teams that has a chance,” Stoops said. “Again, you go into an undefeated team ranked that high, waiting on you, and win by 10. It’s got to be a positive.”

Oklahoma finishes the season with three games against the other top three teams in the Big 12. After winning at Baylor, the Sooners host TCU on Saturday night (7 p.m. on ABC) and finish the year at unbeaten Oklahoma State on Nov. 28.

Each week during the regular season, an Earl Campbell Tyler Rose National Player of the Week is selected by a committee leading up to the finalists’ announcement in December.

The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, announced in 2012 by the Tyler Chamber and SPORTyler, recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, tenacity and community; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals.

In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas high school and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four-year DI Texas college.

For more information and to vote on the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, go to www.earlcampbellaward.com.

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