"I still think Clint brings something to the table that Paul doesn't," Holgorsen said.
Trickett played just six snaps, was 0-for-2 and took a sack in the win against William & Mary, but Holgorsen won't abandon the original plan to give Millard and Trickett time to prove themselves.
He didn't commit to rotating quarterbacks, but he didn't dismiss it like Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy. He said he'll start J.W. Walsh against Texas-San Antonio and doesn't want to use backup Clint Chelf, who started the opener against Mississippi State.
"It all depends on how the game goes," Holgorsen said. "(Trickett has) played against Oklahoma before (in 2011). He knows what kind of speed they have, what kind of athletic ability they have. He's been in that situation before and I think he can help us from a maturity standpoint and being able to move the ball if we need to.
"We've just got to continue to rep him. He doesn't understand the offense as well as Paul does right now. I'm really happy how Paul performed and right now it looks like he's our guy, but with that said, we're going to continue to rep Clint to get in a position where we can use him when we need him. More than likely we're going to need him at some point."
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STOOPS USED a first-time starter, too, and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight was just the fourth freshman to start at quarterback in Oklahoma's modern era. Knight threw three touchdown passes, but also ran 13 times for 103 yards, the first time a Sooners quarterback ran for 100 yards in a game since Jason White in 2001.
Knight, who beat out junior Blake Bell in part because of a better and more accurate arm, completed 11-of-28 passes for just 86 yards. He was intercepted once.
"He did some things really well, obviously, with his legs when you rush for over 100 yards," Stoops said. "That part of it was really good. Throwing the ball wasn't really good, but I've got great confidence in how he does throw the football.
"Once he settles down and I believe gets more comfortable with the situation, I expect him to throw the ball better. He made some nice throws, particularly in the second half, but he's still got a great arm. He's just got to get more comfortable."
The Sooners punted on their first four drives, but scored on four in a row and six out of seven. Bell played in the fourth quarter. He ran twice for 15 yards and completed 3 of 5 passes for 38 yards.
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