Stoops won't name starter

Knight shined, but isn't guaranteed start vs. Kansas State

11/17/13 in NCAAF   |   andrewgilman   |   20 respect

NORMAN, Okla. - Bob Stoops wouldn't say who would start at quarterback Saturday against Kansas State.
 
And that's after starter Blake Bell left the game with what looked like a head injury.
 
And that's after second-teamer Trevor Knight ran for 123 yards in the 48-10 win over Iowa State on Saturday in Norman.
 
The No. 18-ranked Sooners improved to 8-2 on the year and 5-2 in the Big 12, but Stoops wasn't about to name Knight the starter, even after Knight helped the team run for more than 400 yards and score 41-consecutive points against the Cyclones. 
 
"Trevor came in and did an excellent job of being ready for the moment," Stoops said. "It's exciting as a coach when you see guys come in who haven't played a ton and they are ready for the moment."
 
Nov 7, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) runs with the ball in the game against the Baylor Bears  at Floyd Casey Stadium. Baylor beat Oklahoma 41-12. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY SportsThe moment has changed a few times for the Sooners this season. Remember, Knight was the starter at the beginning of the season, but he suffered an injury against West Virginia in the second game. He returned from the injury and played in the second half of the 16-7 win, but was replaced with Bell at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
 
Bell was named the starter the next week, due to Knight's injury, according to Stoops. Bell then beat Tulsa and beat Notre Dame, going without a turnover in both games. But he was dreadful against Texas and wasn't much better in a win over Kansas. Against Baylor, Bell and the Sooners were beaten 41-12.
 
"I don't ride the roller coaster with everybody," Stoops said. "Everyone thinks now that everything is OK, right? It's never OK. We have got to go do it again next week. In the end, hopefully it gives us some momentum, some spark. If we can preform like this, or close to it, it's going to give us a chance."
 
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