Thee Ohio State University got pummeled by thee Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners 31-16 in front of the College Football world on Saturday night and the Heisman trophy frontrunner had to apologize for it.
The No.5 Sooners entered the game as a +7 ½ underdog in this fight per bovada.lv against the No.2 ranked Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Both teams were one year removed from Ohio State’s 45-24 blowout win over Oklahoma entering the showdown. If you didn’t believe in extra motivation before then, Mayfield’s performance topped off by his post game savagery would’ve convinced you otherwise.
Mayfield made a defense made up of a handful of future NFL players look like everything but that on this night. He finished the night completing 27 of his 35 passes with 386 yards and three touchdowns through the air. It’s no secret that the senior quarterback can ball considering he was invited to New York City last year as a Heisman finalist. But Saturday night gave him the signature game that could cement him into the hearts of College Football fans forever.
The same way we fell in love with Johnny Manziel for upsetting the hated ones of Alabama in 2012, Mayfield upset the other hated ones but took it step further by planting the Oklahoma flag inside the Ohio State “O” at the 50-yard line afterward. It was a relatable moment for most College Football fans outside of Columbus, Ohio. The overrated were properly taken to pound town as they were last year by Deshaun Watson of Clemson and it’s starting to become a tradition unlike any other. (The announcers appear to be watching a horror film as he plants the flag at midfield).
The fallout of the flag planting was easily predicted on social media. The old farts hated it, the youth loved it. On Monday, of course, Mayfield had to have a press conference to apologize for it. The apology seemed half-hearted, as it should’ve been, it was a harmless act. Ohio State should be embarrassed. Mayfield’s apology was strictly for kicking their ass and gloating in their defeat. In the perfect world, Mayfield ends that apology by taking a swig of a Coors light, this is College Football after all.
What would’ve happen if no apology was issued? Nothing.
Unless Urban Meyer asked for it, there was no need for it. The only people who would’ve been up in arms about it were sitting behind a keyboard in Columbus, OH because this one loss likely takes them out of the college football playoff contention. Mayfield’s act is why we love college sports. We know the apology wasn’t from him, forgive him, it was from some higher up at Oklahoma that hasn’t cracked open a beer in over a decade. So let’s throw one back for Mayfield who might win a Heisman in the near future and ESPN should have to apologize for showing that flag planting on a loop on ceremony night.