Stoops was naturally pleased with Knight's performance. What's not to like about 100-plus yards rushing and three touchdown passes from a redshirt freshman playing in his first game?
"He did some things really well obviously with his legs when you rush for over a hundred yards,'' Stoops said. "That part was really good. Throwing the ball early wasn't very good.
"But I've got great confidence in how he does throw the football. Once he settles downs and gets more comfortable with the situation, I expect him to throw the ball in a better way. He made some nice throws, particularly in the second half. He's got a great arm so it's just getting him comfortable to manage and handle the situation a little bit better early.''
Holgorsen was impressed by Knight's performance, too.
"He can run. He's a talented guy,'' Holgorsen said. "His completion percentage wasn't very good, but when I watched the tape, he's pretty good. He can throw.''
Running quarterbacks have not been the norm at Oklahoma under Stoops. In his 15 seasons, Knight is just the second to run for more than 100 yards in a game.
"He's a talented quarterback and he's going to get better and better,'' Holgorsen said. "They're going to rely on him to make plays in the run and passing games. Hopefully he doesn't get things figured out this week. But I would anticipate him figuring things out and being a very good quarterback for Oklahoma."
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