Oklahoma's quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates a 45-40 win over Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield on controversial INT against Texas: ‘That’s a targeting penalty’

Posted October 12th, 2016


Oklahoma quarterback and Austin native Baker Mayfield has never been one to parse words.

So when a reporter asked him about the controversial interception he threw in the first half of Saturday’s win over Texas, Mayfield didn’t hold back. Here’s what he said during media availability on Tuesday, according to The Oklahoman:

Reporter: How tough is it to stay composed when the interception you threw, looked like there was a lot of contact …


Mayfield: “Contact?”

Reporter: “I’m trying to be nice.”

Mayfield: “I’m not going to be nice about that. That’s a targeting penalty. That is frustrating, but that’s the thing that we’ve been talking about is no matter what, you’ve got to move on. That’s exactly what we did.

The play in question, of course, is Dylan Haines’ second interception of Mayfield, which happened with about 7 minutes left in the first quarter. There was no Sooners receiver in the area where Mayfield threw the ball, leading to an easy pick and long return for the Longhorns safety.

The reason for that became clear on replays, which showed Oklahoma receiver Geno Lewis get knocked down by Texas freshman safety Brandon Jones. There was no penalty called on the play, and Mayfield clearly believed the contact should have warranted more than a pass interference call.

If the Oklahoma quarterback had his way, Jones would have been ejected from the game.

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Mayfield, a Lake Travis alum, got the last laugh with a 45-40 win, but he wasn’t about to pass up an opportunity to comment on a play that clearly made him upset.

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