John E. Hoover: Baker Mayfield was understandably spent after his mega Bedlam performance

John E. Hoover: Baker Mayfield was understandably spent after his mega Bedlam performance

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates a touchdown against Oklahoma State in the first half of their game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday. Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb is at right. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

STILLWATER, Okla. — Whether sprinting down the sidelines or jumping into the seats or taking a victory lap or planting a flag at midfield or sometimes all of the above, Baker Mayfield knows how to celebrate a big victory.

But this time, after one of his biggest wins — Saturday’s 62-52 victory over rival Oklahoma State — Mayfield simply walked along the wall, politely applauding and gently high-fiving Oklahoma fans who made it to Boone Pickens Stadium and survived one of the wildest games college football could offer.

 Bedlam probably doesn’t quite describe this one, and afterward — his Heisman moment likely secure — Mayfield was spent.

“I am ready,” Mayfield said, “to go to sleep.”

Throwing for a school-record 598 yards and five touchdowns, rushing for another touchdown and overcoming five sacks and two critical interceptions will make a man tired.

To read the rest of John E. Hoover’s story for Sporting News, click here.


Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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