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#pounditWednesday, January 20, 2021

Kyler Murray’s benching due to alarm clock mishap, coach says

Kyler Murray

Kyle Murray was benched for Oklahoma’s first series on Saturday against Baylor, and now we know what happened.

Murray was late to a team practice on Friday, which is a violation of team rules. Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley said after Saturday’s 66-33 win that Murray was late because he set his alarm wrong.

Though it seems to be a minor infraction, Riley still disciplined him. It all worked out for the Sooners, who recovered a muffed punt following their opening series. Murray then entered the game and punched it in for a touchdown.

The two-sport star had another sublime performance for Oklahoma, going 17-of-21 for 432 yards and 6 touchdown passes and rushing for 45 yards and a score. He remains one of the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy.

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