Two days after celebrating a huge road win at Ohio State by planting an Oklahoma flag at midfield of Ohio Stadium, star Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield apologized for it on Monday:
Mayfield called Oklahoma's 31-16 win over the Buckeyes an "emotional game" and said, "After the game, I did not mean for it to be disrespectful toward any Ohio State people at all, especially not the team or the players, because they're a great team and a great program."
Baker Mayfield at midfield after the win… WOW pic.twitter.com/VBanaG5yTJ- Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) September 10, 2017
Mayfield, a two-time top-four vote-getter in the Heisman race, took a big early-step toward being a Heisman contender again, completing 27 of 35 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions against an Ohio State team that has one of the nation's best defensive lines. It also made for a fantastic second game of the coaching tenure of Lincoln Riley, Mayfield's play-caller.
Riley: I know what Mayfield meant by flag plant. Not anything disrespectful. #Sooners- John E. Hoover (@johnehoover) September 11, 2017
Mayfield is an high-energy player who wanted to celebrate an enormous win after the Sooners lost to the Buckeyes by three TDs on their home field a year ago, and it seems unnecessary for a 22-year-old college senior to need to apologize for merely having some fun on the opponent's home field after a game.
Why do we make people feel bad for having too much fun?- Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) September 11, 2017
Mayfield isn't the first person to do this, either. Back in 2005, Michigan State beat Notre Dame 44-41 in double-OT, and a group of Spartans players celebrated by planting a flag at midfield of Notre Dame Stadium:
The Spartans quickly apologized for that flag planting, too. Of course, the actual action worked better for Michigan State than Mayfield: Planting a flag is a lot easier on a grass field, which Notre Dame Stadium had at the time, than the artificial turf of Ohio Stadium.