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September 4, 2013

Knight's passing numbers should go up

Norman —

It wasn't the stat line freshman Trevor Knight expected in his debut as Oklahoma's starting quarterback: 103 yards rushing but only 86 passing, albeit with three touchdown throws.

True, the Sooners did cruise to a 34-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday. But there's little debate Knight will need to improve in the passing department this Saturday, when No. 16 Oklahoma (1-0) will host West Virginia (1-0) in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams.

After the game, Knight said he felt “like I did enough to get us the win’” but added that “I know I can improve on a lot of stuff — decision making, just running the ball, anything. I know we can go up from here, which is exciting for our team.”

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops generally agreed with Knight's self-assessment.

“I thought Trevor, being in his first start and his reads and handling the offense and communicating and running the football, was really good and strong,”’ Stoops said Monday. “There were a lot of passes I know he can make that we didn't complete that we've got to work on.”

Knight struggled in the first half against Louisiana-Monroe, particularly on short swing passes, which he often threw too high, too low or too far from the reach of an intended receiver. Three of his throws were batted down at the line and another was nearly intercepted in the end zone. He went 7-of-21 passing in the first half for 42 yards.

He settled down after halftime and finished the game 11-for-28 passing, although his yardage total was more like what Oklahoma quarterbacks produced in the program's wishbone era in the 1970s and 1980s than in recent years with Jason White, Sam Bradford and Landry Jones rolling up gaudy numbers.

Same goes for Knight's rushing total, as he became the first Oklahoma quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game since White had 117 yards rushing against Kansas on Oct. 13, 2001.

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