Alex Ross scores 2 TDs in Oklahoma spring game, Red beats White 20-7



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NORMAN, Oklahoma — Alex Ross scored two touchdowns to help the Red team beat the White team 20-7 in Oklahoma's spring game Saturday.

It was the first time the crowd of 42,807 saw new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley's Air Raid offense.

The fans also got a closer look at the quarterback battle. Baker Mayfield, the transfer from Texas Tech who sat out last season, completed 10 of 13 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown, with two interceptions. Trevor Knight, last year's starter, was 6 of 13 for 78 yards and an interception and ran for a score. Coach Bob Stoops has said he expects the competition to continue into the fall.

Cody Thomas completed 5 of 12 passes for 83 yards with an interception, and Justice Hansen completed all five of his passes for 70 yards.

Jeffery Mead caught three passes for 93 yards and Mark Andrews had two receptions for 56 yards. The highlight of the day was Mead's 48-yard catch from Mayfield, which he snagged with just his left hand, in traffic.

Mayfield threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ross in the third quarter, and Ross scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Ross ran for 62 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Daniel Brooks led the way with 154 yards on 21 carries, and he caught three passes for 40 yards.

The shortened game lasted about an hour and 40 minutes.

PLAYING IT SAFE: Samaje Perine, the reigning Big 12 Freshman of the Year, barely played and was not allowed to be tackled. Highly touted running back Joe Mixon, who was suspended last season, did not play. Sterling Shepard, last year's top receiver, also was not allowed to be tackled.

MAYFIELD MISTAKES: Last year, Mayfield went 9 for 9 for 125 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game. This year, after completing his first six passes, he threw interceptions on two of his next three to end the first half.

BIG PLAY RECEIVERS: Newcomer Dede Westbrook had a 27-yard catch and run from Knight that led to Knight's touchdown run, and Andrews hauled in a 47-yard catch from Hansen that led to a field goal. The receiver spots were a problem for the Sooners after Shepard was injured midway through last season, but Stoops has been high on these two throughout the spring.

GETTING DEFENSIVE: Hatari Byrd, Ahmad Thomas, Will Johnson and Jordan Thomas each intercepted a pass. Hansen was the only quarterback who didn't throw a pick.

NEW KICKER: Nick Hodgson made a 20-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 47-yard field goal as time expired in the end of the first half. He missed a 50-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. He will compete with incoming Austin Seibert for the job now that career scoring leader Michael Hunnicutt is gone.

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