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November 20, 2013

QB competition turns into three man race at OU

MOORE — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops likes to keep things close to the vest, routinely declining to speak about his starting quarterback.

So it was no surprise Stoops didn’t want to name who will be under center on Saturday when the No. 22 Sooners (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) take on Kansas State (6-4, 4-3).

“No need in presenting that,” Stoops said. “Why would I give that? The quarterback issue, it does no possible good to define all of that today or Friday. We will just go into the game and hopefully have all of them ready.”

Coming out of a 48-10 win over Iowa State, the Sooners saw backups Trevor Knight and Kendal Thompson play against the Cyclones after starter Blake Bell was injured early in the second quarter. Running primarily the read-option offense, Knight took over and led the offense on five scoring drives. That included the redshirt freshman reeling off a 56-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Knight finished the day 8 for 14 for 61 yards passing and had 123 yards rushing.

“Obviously Trevor being a little bit more mobile than Blake, he does a great job of making people miss,” senior tailback Brennan Clay said. “He made some great reads. He was just able to be more comfortable in the pocket. He came in and did a great job. He prepared throughout the week.”

When Knight’s day was done, Thompson was called into service and got his first action of his career in the fourth quarter. On Thompson’s first drive, he led the Sooners on an eight-play, 90-yard drive that saw him throw a three yard touchdown pass to Aaron Ripkowski.

Throughout the past few weeks, fans and media have been asking when Thompson, the son of former Oklahoma quarterback Charles Thompson, would get his turn.

“It’s not that he’s not in the mix,” Stoops said. “It’s just that we’re not going to just go and try him out and see how it goes. You just don’t do that”

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