You had to see this one coming, right? Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is preventing a number of his players from media opportunities moving forward following backup quarterback Austin Kendall provided bulletin board material for Ohio State’s defense. We can probably safely assume Kendall is on the “do not talk to the media” list for now.
On an Oklahoma-produced television show previewing last weekend’s game against the Buckeyes, Kendall suggested Ohio State’s defense was nothing special and that starter Baker Mayfield would “light them up.”
“I think they have a really basic defense,” Kendall said. “I think we can go out there and, I mean, Baker, he’ll light them up. I’m really looking forward to it. If my number’s called, I think I can do the same.”
Ohio State forced two Oklahoma turnovers and allowed the Sooners to convert just five of 13 third-down plays and none of the three fourth-down plays run by Oklahoma. Mayfield completed 17-of-32 pass attempts for 226 yards with a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned 68 yards for a touchdown by Jerome Baker in the first quarter.
Here is the audio clip from last week that started the uproar, courtesy of Brandon Zimmerman of The Buckeye Battle Cry…