Such is life running the read option, Stoops said.
“At the end of the day, it just a little bit different style,”’ Stoops said. “‘I like what we're doing and the direction we're going. We've just got to keep building on it. That's where we're at.”
Knight said he didn't want to get too worked up about his passing stats.
“You take what they can give you,”’ he said. “We didn't light it up like we have here in the past, but we did what we needed to do to win. Anytime you win, that's all that matters.”
Against Louisiana-Monroe, Stoops said Knight did a good job of making reads and deciding when to pull the ball down and run. Stoops also cited Knight's improved passing in the second half, although he said the low yardage total wasn't entirely Knight's fault.
“Later in the game he threw some good balls, the touchdowns to Trey (Metoyer) and Jalen (Saunders),” Stoops said. “He threw a couple other deep balls that I feel we've got to be able to come up with. One, we come down with it, and the defender rolls and takes it away from us. That's a play that the ball's where it needs to be. We've got to make a competitive catch. Those throws were good.”
Knight did struggle some on “some of the screens and some of the intermediate throws,” Stoops said, but “he'll improve on that, I believe. I'm sure there's a good bit of jitters, going out there the first time, and I believe he'll calm down and throw the ball like he's capable.”
Tailback Brennan Clay noticed Knight became more settled in as the game progressed.