Lincoln Riley takes blame for curious play calls vs. Kansas State

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley drew criticism for some of his play calls in the first half against Kansas State on Saturday.

The Sooners went to the wildcat multiple times in short yardage situations, taking the ball out of Baker Mayfield’s hands. He also took Mayfield out of the game in favor of Kyler Murray a few times throughout the game.

When asked about those calls after the game, Riley said he wasn’t beating himself up about them.

Mayfield was reportedly upset on the sideline before halftime, possibly because of those play calls. Riley said the Oklahoma quarterback wasn’t hurt, so it’s unclear why he was being pulled off the field.

The other call that confused fans and media alike was an attempted flea flicker in the third quarter. Riley took the full blame for that.

On the flea flicker, Mayfield was pressured and threw the ball away, resulting in an intentional grounding penalty. Oklahoma would try to punt later on the drive, only to have a bad snap go over Austin Seibert’s head and be recovered by Kansas State in the red zone.

The calls were confusing mostly because Oklahoma had the athletic advantage in the game. The Sooners didn’t need to get fancy to win. Oklahoma fans will likely hope for Riley to keep things simple going forward.

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