There were no proclamations that OU is ready to name Knight the starting quarterback for this Saturday’s game at Kansas State.
There’s no guarantee the success the Sooners had against the Cyclones will carry over. After all, the loss was Iowa State’s seventh straight and Knight was a curveball.
“Having Trevor back there to run the read stuff, it worked out well for us,” OU center Gabe Ikard said. “Maybe something they weren’t quite as prepared for with Blake back there. We put it together in the second half, and anytime you rush for 400 yards it’s a good day.”
OU won’t have the same luxury against the Wildcats. They’ll be prepared for it.
But the biggest positive the Sooners took away from the Iowa State game is the fact that Knight was ready for his second shot at leading the offense.
“I had to go in there and run the complete offense despite getting minimal reps throughout the week because obviously Blake’s the guy,” Knight said. “You’ve just got to get in there and make the most of your opportunities.”
It had been 12 weeks since he lost the starting job after OU’s 16-7 victory over West Virginia Sept. 7. Turnovers and struggles throwing the ball were the reason for the change back then.
Knight was 8 for 14 against the Cyclones for 61 yards. He wasn’t perfect by any stretch. He missed a wide-open Brennan Clay for a potential touchdown in the second quarter. But he was decisive and he was explosive when he ran the ball.
Those were two things Bell was not in OU’s 41-12 loss to Baylor Nov. 7 or in the first quarter against Iowa State.
Suddenly, the Sooners have a different offensive dynamic as they head into the final two games of the regular season because Knight played like OU hoped he would be back in September.