Oklahoma QB Mayfield takes blame for loss to UH

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield entered the season high on many Heisman Trophy watch lists.

After week one, he'd settle for just winning a game.

Mayfield put up big numbers in the season opener against Houston, but the third-ranked Sooners lost 33-23 to the 15th-ranked Cougars last Saturday. Mayfield took much of the blame and vowed to improve before Oklahoma opens its home slate Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe.

"I've just got to be better," he said. "I know what to expect of myself, and knowing how the team reacts to my play, it's even more important."

Though Mayfield passed for 323 yards and two touchdowns, he was sacked five times and he missed open receivers at times and forced throws in other cases.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Mayfield got greedy.

"I think probably pressing trying to make the big play instead of the simple play and the obvious play," Stoops said of some of the miscues.

Mayfield went 9 for 9 for 162 yards and a touchdown in the first half and wasn't sacked. In the second half, he connected on 15 of 24 passes for 161 yards and a score, but he was sacked five times and he lost a fumble.

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