Oklahoma football: Baker Mayfield announces he will return in 2017
Saturday was, by all measures, a great day for Oklahoma.
The Sooners blew out Oklahoma State to clinch the Big 12 title, grabbing their second consecutive conference championship. That effort was led by quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was spectacular, throwing for 288 yards and three touchdowns.
The celebration did not stop there, however. After the game, Mayfield delighted Sooner Nation by announcing his intentions to return to Norman for his redshirt senior season.
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"I'll be here another year for a three-peat. The ultimate goal is to play for a national championship." Baker Mayfield on 2017.
Mayfield has been outstanding in his two years with Oklahoma after transferring from Texas Tech. In two seasons that generated some Heisman Trophy buzz, Mayfield was one of the most productive quarterbacks in the country.
The native of Austin, Texas, has thrown 71 touchdown passes against just 15 interceptions as a Sooner, posting the highest quarterback rating in the country in that span.
He has made countless highlight reels for his uncanny ability to make things happen downfield outside the pocket, dodging tacklers until a receiver becomes open. Exhibit A of that type of play came on the first play of the second quarter Saturday, when Mayfield waited for a long time before finding Dede Westbrook for a 69-yard catch-and-run touchdown.
Mayfield stated his goal in returning is to win a national championship after falling in the College Football Playoff semifinals in 2015 and missing out on the Playoff this year thanks to a pair of early-season losses. Since then, the Sooners have looked as good as any team in the country, and with Mayfield back next year, his goal could be a real possibility.