During one instance in the second quarter, Murray ran a trick play - a handoff, then a pitch back to Murray for a 9-yard gain - on his first play in the game.
Mayfield looked like three times the quarterback Barrett was on Saturday night!
Call it a validation, payback, whatever.
So is Clemson, which might have the best defense in the country - and yes, that includes Alabama. Despite not appearing to be fully healthy yet due to a sore hamstring, Weber averaged nearly 8 yards per touch and Dobbins was consistently moving the attack by churning out 5.5 yards on his 14 carries. The freshman dropped all four of his attempts inside the Oklahoma 20-yard line, averaging almost 46 yards on those attempts. So we'll just keep reevaluating and I saw what you saw.
"I think our problems in the secondary tonight were different than the other night", defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. It's just that beating Pitt doesn't rise to the level of the wins the top four teams in the rankings have so far. Parris Campbell returned a kickoff 56 yards to set up Ohio State's only touchdown and Oklahoma's return game was held in check by the Buckeyes' return defenders. Duke's Daniel Jones had 413 total yards and accounted for four touchdowns in a surprisingly dominant 41-17 victory against Northwestern. He went 19-20 for 320 yards and three scores in OU's rout of the Miners. That was the end for the Buckeyes. And it could provide a nice head-to-head comparison late in the season if Ohio State is in the mix. Vince Young needed a last-minute touchdown pass back in Texas' 2005 championship season.
The first pivotal Pac-12 game is a rivalry that has been dominated lately by the longtime underdog. After the game I did not mean for it to be disrespectful toward any Ohio State people at all, especially the team or the players. "And I told him afterward".
College football won't either, at least not in 2017.
I was wrong about Lamar Jackson.
Mayfield marries Deshaun Watson's ability to carry a team with Johnny Manziel's unapologetic play-making persona. Saturday's win made him 10-0 in true road games at Oklahoma. Still, even the most optimistic Ohio State fan has be anxious.
That's why he's the Big 12 hero right now.
They did them against IN, but it seemed as though no adjustments were made at halftime of this one. Riley, Mayfield and everybody else in that locker room knew it. Three years ago, remember, the Buckeyes lost by two touchdowns to Virginia Tech in Week 2 and romped all the way to the title game.
- Colorado: Probably not going to do enough to get ranked until the Buffaloes play Washington, which is their first big test.
"It was a last-minute decision", Mayfield said of planting the flag. "I had some help from teammates".
This was Mayfield's game.