Bob Stoops hopeful QB Knight can return for bowl game

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Oklahoma may not know where it will be heading for the postseason bowl game just yet, but head coach Bob Stoops hopes his starting quarterback will be there to play in the game. Trevor Knight will sit out this weekend’s regular season finale, the Bedlam game against Oklahoma State. Knight has already missed two straight games and will miss his third straight due to a neck injury suffered against Baylor earlier this season.

“We’re hopeful — I don’t want anyone’s hopes up, but — it’s looking positive that he may be cleared to play for the bowl game,” Stoops said Wednesday, according to The Oklahoman. “Now it hasn’t happened, but again, things were a lot more positive this week in all the evaluations, so that’s good.”

It is always best to proceed with caution any time a player has a neck injury. Knight was diagnosed with transient quadriplegia following the Baylor game. Cody Thomas has taken over the quarterback duties for the Sooners while Knight is out. Tight end Blake Bell is the team’s emergency quarterback.

Oklahoma is already bowl-eligible this season, but Oklahoma State needs a win to be eligible for the postseason.

No Bedlam for Sooners QB Knight

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Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight will miss the regular season finale against rival Oklahoma State. The starting quarterback for the Sooners will miss a third consecutive game as a result of a neck injury. Head coach Bob Stoops announced the latest injury status for his starting quarterback Monday during a weekly coaches conference call.

Without Knight, Oklahoma will keep running the offense through Cody Thomas under center. Tight end Blake Bell will be the team’s emergency quarterback, according to The Daily Oklahoman. Thomas struggled against Kansas last week, completing three of 13 pass attempts for 39 yards. The previous week against Texas Tech, Thomas was picked off three times while completing 10 of 20 pass attempts for 133 yards and a touchdown.

Knight was diagnosed with transient quadriplegia after being injured against Baylor. The neck injury has sidelined Knight for games against Texas Tech and Kansas.

Kansas State holds slight edge on Sooners in key Big 12 contest

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Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight has had quite an eventful first half of play against Kansas State. Knight was taken out of the game in the first quarter with looked to be an arm or shoulder injury. After he returned, he showed a short memory by storming right back after making a costly error early in the second quarter. However, Kansas State leads Oklahoma 21-17 at the end fo the first half.

Oklahoma actually went on to score the first points of the game after Knight had left the game to receive some medical attention. As Knight was jogging back to the sideline, Oklahoma was celebrating a touchdown run by Samaje Prine for the 7-0 lead. The lead did not last for very long, as Kansas State answered on the ensuing possession. In fact, the game was tied just 57 seconds later after Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters caught tight end Glenn Gronkowski moving downfield with Oklahoma’s coverage totally broken. Waters tossed a soft one to Gronkowski, and the help of one blocker the younger brother of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took care of the rest with a 62-yard touchdown.

Kansas State would later take the lead early in the second quarter after pinning Oklahoma down against its own end zone. Knight was picked off by Danzel McDaniel and McDaniel returned the interception five yards for a touchdown and Kansas State’s first lead of the afternoon. Knight stormed back though. First came a 22-yard completion to Blake Bell, a career-long reception for the former Sooners quarterback. Second, a 47-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Shepard to tie things up.

Kansas State had another answer for the Sooners though with a nearly flawless drive ending with a second touchdown pass from Waters.Tyler Tyler Lockett was on the receiving end of this one, from nine yards out. The score gave Kansas State a second lead, 21-14.

UPDATE: Trevor Knight returns to game

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Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight was taken out of Oklahoma’s game against Kansas State, just about midway through the first quarter. Knight went sliding at the end of the play when he landed on his left shoulder. Trainers helped him off the field and Knight soon was seen running to the locker room. His status for the rest of this afternoon’s game is unknown at this time. We will update the news regarding Knight once more information becomes available.

Cody Thomas has taken over under center for now, but Oklahoma has already mixed in a little Belldozer action. On the play before Knight was injured, Blake Bell helped pick up some yards by taking the snap and pushing forward.

Adding insult to injury, Oklahoma was also called for a targeting penalty on the play. Aaron Ripkowski was called for targeting with a helmet-to-helmet hit on a Kansas State defender. After the mandatory video review, the ejection was upheld. So in one play Oklahoma lost a quarterback (at least for the moment) and a fullback.

UPDATE (12:37 p.m. ET): After missing one offensive series, Knight has returned to the game to lead the Oklahoma offense. He returned to the game with a brace on his left arm.

The Fifth Quarter: Week 2 Rewind

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As is the case each and every season, each and every week, any omission below is not on purpose, it’s merely intentional.

THUMBS UP

Catchin’ With Mr. Cooper
Midway through the first quarter of Alabama’s blowout win over FAU, Amari Cooper already had four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown.  The wide receiver ended up with six catches for 97 yards in the opening quarter, and finished with 13 catches for 189 yards and a 52-yard touchdown reception, with the receptions matching a single-game school record.  This season, Cooper has 25 receptions for 319 yards; the Tide’s single-season marks are 78 (Julio Jones, 2010) and 1,133 (Jones, 2010), so Cooper is well on his way to not only eclipsing but shattering both of those standards.  For his career, Cooper now has 129 receptions for 2,055 yards, and, as a true junior, could this season surpass DJ Hall‘s career marks of 194 and 2,923 set from 2004-07.  Based on his early play, Cooper could also find himself in the Heisman mix as the season progresses.

Badger McBounce-back
Putting it mildly, Tanner McEvoy had a horrendous performance in the season-opening loss to LSU.  With a statline that consisted of 8-of-22 passing for 50 yards , no touchdowns and two interceptions, the Wisconsin quarterback had nowhere to go but up.  On Saturday, up McEvoy went there as, following a very slow start, he completed 23-of-28 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns.  At one point, the converted safety completed 17 passes in a row. “I thought Tanner came on and, obviously, he caught some mojo there with 17 in a row,” head coach Gary Andersen said.  Sure, the game was against an FCS-level opponent, but, from a confidence standpoint, it was a critical and much-needed performance for McEvoy specifically and the offense in general — especially if Melvin Gordon‘s struggles over the past six-ish quarters bleed deeper into the season (see below).

Brutally efficient Hogs
In the first two quarters of Arkansas’ blowout win over Nicholls State, the Razorbacks’ offense had run 20 plays… and scored eight touchdowns.  Amazingly, five of those drives consisted of just a single play; even more amazingly, four of those drives were 33 yards or more — 90, 82, 50 and 33.  In that first half, UA outgained its FCS foe 425-55.  They averaged 21.7 yards per carry and 19.8 yards per pass completion.  That efficiency continued on into the second half as UA’s offense drove 48 yards in two plays to push the lead to 63-0 after just :52 had ticked off the third-quarter clock.  The Hogs took their hooves off the Colonels’ necks the rest of the game, though, as the final score was 73-7.

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