Missouri’s Drew Lock Played Better Against Georgia Than Baker Mayfield
I want to lead this off with three comments:
- Baker Mayfield deservedly won the Heisman Trophy by a wide margin.
- Baker Mayfield played a good game against Georgia.
- Baker Mayfield has been as fun to watch as anyone in college football for the past three years.
With that out of the way, Baker Mayfield didn’t look like a Heisman winner against Georgia in the Rose Bowl. He wasn’t even the best quarterback Georgia faced this year.
Mayfield won the Heisman because he was the quarterback of a Playoff-bound, major conference championship team, and he put up video-game statistics. It’s hard to argue with his statistical line through the year’s first 13 games. Here’s what an average Baker Mayfield game looked like before Monday:
- 20 of 28 passing (71% complete)
- 334 passing yards (11.76 yards per attempt)
- 3.2 TD passes to zero interceptions (Mayfield threw one about every three games on average)
- 6.5 carries for 28 yards on the ground (plus a rushing TD every 2.5 games or so).
That’s crazy stuff. Completing more than 70% of his passes, accounting for almost 360 yards of offense and four scores per game while posting a passer rating of 203.75. That’s Heisman stuff. Can’t dispute that.
But what did he do against Georgia?
- Completion Percentage: 65.7% (below season average and fifth-worst of the year).
- Passing Yards: 287 (below season average and fifth-worst of the year).
- Yards Per Attempt: 8.2 (below season average and worst performance of the year).
- Passing TDs: 2 (below season average and tied for his worst performance of the year).
- INTs: 1 (above season average and one of just five games with a pick).
- Other Yards of Offense: 3 (below his season average and his fifth-worst performance of the year).
In total, Mayfield accounted for 290 yards of offense, three touchdowns and one turnover. Only two teams held him to fewer yards. One was TCU in a second matchup with Oklahoma. The other was Kansas, when the outcome was never in question.
Most tellingly, Mayfield was held to 6.04 yards per offensive attempt (meaning: total offense divided by pass attempts, rush attempts and receptions). During the 13 games of his Heisman campaign he averaged 10.24 yards per offensive attempt. Prior to the Rose Bowl, he was never held below 7.5 yards per offensive attempt.
Honestly, Mayfield’s performance was not as strong as Drew Lock’s showing against Georgia. The Missouri signal-caller accounted for 268 total yards of offense on just 27 attempts for an average of 9.93 yards per play. Both Lock and Mayfield threw a single interception, but Lock accounted for more total touchdowns (four vs. Mayfield’s three).
He’s a hell of a competitor, but Georgia’s defense made Baker look like a prep chef. And he made himself look like a a clown with his “It’s Over” antics.
That’s all I got/