— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) December 5, 2016
The Oklahoma Sooners received the opportunity to play for the Big XII Championship in front of a home crowd. Hoping to spoil the party, the Oklahoma State Cowboys rode into Norman looking for the upset. In the cold rain, Lincoln Riley leaned heavily on the rushing attack calling 52 run plays. Fortunately, the backs delivered to the tune of 349 yards combined.
Yet, it was Samaje Perine receiving the lion’s share of the carries. Carrying the ball a total of 37 times, the 5-10 junior amassed 239 total yards on the ground along side one touchdown. The effort was good enough to be labeled as the Big XII’s Offensive Player of the Week.
Many fans from both sides ofthe equation praised the running back for an unusual turn of events late in the fourth quarter. With the clock winding down, Perine found himself with a wide open lane into the endzone. Instead of crossing the goal line in an 18-point victory, the junior took a knee on the two yard line.
When asked about the decision, Perine remarked, “What’s the point of scoring? We were already up by two touchdowns with only a few seconds left, so there’s really no need to run up the score. I did what I thought was the right thing to do.”
There’s no denying this kid continues to respresent the University of Oklahoma well on the field as well as off the field.