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Wolf: Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield not great in a great game

By in Press Enterprise on January 2, 2018

By Scott Wolf

PASADENA — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was far from his public persona after suffering through a Rose Bowl classic that was thrilling for everyone but the Sooners.

Mayfield lost much of his voice, looked drained and stared at a text-message conversation with his brother during large parts of a post-game press conference.

It was a far cry from the confident, enthusiastic Mayfield who stunned Georgia’s defense by catching a 2-yard touchdown pass just before halftime. But that play occurred before Georgia scored 24 straight points and won in double-overtime, 54-48, before 92,488.

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“For me, it’s slowly settling in,” Mayfield said. “There were a lot of mistakes. I gave it everything I had.”

Mayfield was part of a great game but not great himself. And that will probably bother him for a long time.

He stayed on the field after the game ended to talk to his teammates, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm and even some fans. He even watched Georgia’s victory celebration.

“That’s something that will stay with me for a long time,” Mayfield said. “(Fromm) is a true freshman who led his team to a playoff victory. You don’t typically see that. You can see he commands the offense and has the respect of his teammates. I told him to go win the whole thing. For him, I think […]    

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