Oklahoma cornerback Jordan Thomas failed to appear for a scheduled court appearance for a speeding violation, and for that he was arrested Saturday night. He remained in jail Sunday morning, according to a report from Tulsa World.
Thomas was given a speeding ticket on July 24 after being caught speeding 94 miles per hour in a 75 MPH zone. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol gave Thomas a ticket, with the payment due on August 5. His license was also suspended on October 1 after no payment for the ticket was received. The bench warrant for his arrest due to failure to appear for the violation was issued on November 19. The unpaid fine continued to escalate in price, reaching a reported $321.50.
With Oklahoma preparing for Clemson in the first round of the College Football Playoff, this is certainly not a welcomed distraction for Bob Stoops and the rest of the program. This is not even the first time Thomas has been a distraction off the field this season. Thomas had previously been suspended twice for unspecified violations of team rules. He missed playing time in two September games.
Thomas was second on the Oklahoma defense this season with five interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Thomas also notched 44 tackles and broke up four passes for the Oklahoma defense. His status with the team now remains unknown.
The takeaway here? First, don’t speed. Second, if you do speed and get caught, pay your ticket. It is a whole lot easier that way.
Big plays have been the key to a big first half for No. 3 Oklahoma in Stillwater. A 59-yard kickoff return to the Oklahoma State four-yard line set up Oklahoma’s first touchdown of a wild first half, and running backs Samaje Perine (68 yards) and Joe Mixon (66 yards) have ripped off long touchdown runs against No. 11 Oklahoma State and the Sooners hold a 44-20 lead on their in-state rivals at halftime.
Oklahoma’s first three touchdown drives all needed four plays or fewer, but the Sooners also showed it could work a drive and finish it off with a score as well. The Sooners put together a 12-play drive spanning 80 yards, with Baker Mayfield capping things off with a five-yard touchdown pass to Dimitri Flowers. Mayfield connected earlier with Sterling Shepard. Oklahoma State’s lone touchdown of the half came on a J.W. Walsh touchdown pass to Jhajuan Seales from 26 yards out. Walsh got the start instead of an injured Mason Rudolph. Rudolph sprained his ankle, but he did enter the game late in the first half as the Cowboys attempted to spark the passing game. Walsh was 13-of-19 for 133 yards and a touchdown before Rudolph entered the game. It did not go so well, as Rudolph was picked off by Jordan Thomas, who returned the interception 32 yards for a touchdown, giving Oklahoma a commanding 35-10 lead.
Just how bad of a half was this for Oklahoma State? It turns out it was the worst first half in over a decade.
Whichever team wins this game will be awarded the Big 12 championship. That was made clear when Baylor was upset by TCU last night in soggy Fort Worth, Texas. For Oklahoma, a win also likely secures a spot in the College Football Playoff despite being off next week. Oklahoma State may need a few more bounces to go their way given the most recent standings, but it would certainly be within reach if the Cowboys can beattle back to grab the win. Stopping Oklahoma’s offense to makr that happen may not be easy though given how the firts half played out.