Mayfield shakes off early butterflies in Sooners' win over Akron

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield said he was nervous.

So did offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.

That's what happens when you debut a season, a new offense and overhaul the coaching staff all at the same time.

It showed, too. OU got off to a slow, rough start in the first half against Akron, not scoring a touchdown until late in the second quarter, but everything smoothed out.

Mayfield threw for an OU record in a season opener, 388 yards and three touchdowns.

"I had a bit of the jitters before the game," Mayfield said to The Oklahoman after he turned around a slow start to lead the Sooners to a 41-3 blowout of the Zips on Saturday night at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. "That's not usual for me."

OU went on to a 41-3 victory. The Sooners play at Tennessee next week.

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