Watching it unfold live it felt like an iconic moment. It felt like a moment that we will remember well beyond this season. It felt like a Heisman moment. When Baker Mayfield planted the flag at midfield of Ohio Stadium following the emphatic win over Ohio State it was a statement. It was a statement to the rest of the college football world that the Sooners, and the Big 12 by extension, should not be underestimated.
To add insult to injury, Baker Mayfield has become the official owner of Ohio Stadium. Well, at least according to Wikipedia and Siri.
The Wikipedia page was corrected back within a few hours, but Siri was much more insistent that Mayfield was the owner. As of last night, if you asked Siri “who owns Ohio Stadium”, this was her response.
However, there were those around the college football world, and even in the Big 12, that found the celebration disrespectful, and Mayfield apologized on Monday for his actions.
“I didn’t mean for it to be disrespectful to any Ohio State people at all, especially the team or the players, because they’re a great team and a great program,” Mayfield said. “It was an emotional game. I knew that it was going to have a lot of implications on the playoffs.
“I got caught up in an emotional win. Yeah, it should’ve been something I did in the locker room. So I apologize for doing it in the middle of the field.”
Frankly, an apology wasn’t needed. There’s something to be said for ‘win like you’ve been there before’, but the entire world told Oklahoma they didn’t have a chance in Columbus. Well, they not only had a chance, but they dominated the game. Had it not been for some missed opportunities in and around the red zone by the Sooners in the first half, the final score would have been even more lopsided that it already was.
Last season, the Buckeyes came into Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and whipped the Sooners pretty handily. The O-H-I-O chant reverberated around the stadium and the Buckeyes sang their alma mater in front of OU’s tunnel. That stuck with Mayfield over the last year.
It would also appear that a few fans got into Mayfield’s ear on the sidelines. According to ESPN’s Freddie & Fitz show, Mayfield got into it with a couple of fans behind the bench that had been wearing him out.
“Behind the Oklahoma bench, there were a group of Buckeye fans that were beyond over-served,” Fitzsimmons said on the podcast. “I mean, these dudes were lubed up. And right at halftime, after Baker Mayfield’s getting treatment on his lower back, he comes out and these guys are just wearing him out.
“He finally right before their first possession when Ohio State goes up 10-3 to start the second half and you’re going ‘uh-oh.’ He turns around and goes, ‘get ready, I’m about to hang six on you bleeping bleepers.’
“He goes, leads them right down the field, the score’s tied at 10. He goes straight to the bench, stands up on the bench and just lets the Buckeye fans behind him that were giving it to Baker, he turns at them and goes, ‘You like that one? I’ve got three or four more of those coming up. Get ready.’”
If you haven’t figured it out by now, Mayfield likes to play with a chip on his shoulder. If you doubt him, he will make you pay. So, maybe stop doubting him, and definitely don’t throw fuel onto the fire, because there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to get burned.