Rose Bowl loss still haunts Baker Mayfield, ‘We should have won’

It’s been nearly two months since Baker Mayfield walked off the field at the Rose Bowl, wearing an Oklahoma uniform for the final time.

And the sting of an overtime loss to Georgia in the “granddaddy of them all’ hasn’t let up that much for the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner.

Mayfield, in a recent Q&A with Oklahoma Football, maintained that Oklahoma “should have won” in a game where a double-digit halftime lead got away from the Sooners, ultimately costing them a trip to the national title game.

From Mayfield:

“..we matched up better against Alabama in the championship game than they did. I’ve talked to I don’t know how many people about that. I wish we would have finished it the way we should have; the way we were capable of. I can’t go back and change it, but would obviously love to….and feeling like you didn’t play your best, that’s the biggest regret. That’s why it’s the hardest pill to swallow.”

Oklahoma, in its second College Football Playoff appearance under Mayfield, led Georgia 31-17 at halftime. Georgia, however, roared back with 21 unanswered points to begin the second half. Oklahoma responded with two touchdowns, including a Steven Parker scoop and score, to take a fourth quarter lead, but Georgia tied the game late before a blocked field goal ultimately doomed the Sooners in double overtime.

Mayfield compared the match-up to his final game at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas. Lake Travis was defeated by Pflugerville in a stunning upset in the opening round of the Texas 5a Division 2 playoffs in 2012, 23-20. Lake Travis was riding a record 30-game postseason win streak entering the contest.

Just more than five years later, it was a similar feeling for Mayfield in Pasadena, Calif — though that hasn’t kept him away from the west coast since. Mayfield said in the Q&A that he has been living in the Los Angeles Area following the season — having been training at Westlake Village, Calif. based Proactive Sports Performance.

Mayfield finished out his career at Oklahoma with 1,157 passing yards and 119 touchdowns in three years with the Sooners. He’ll participate in the upcoming NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., which begins on Feb. 27.

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