The “experts” must be feeling stupid after what was undoubtedly the biggest Bob Stoops victory outside of his 2000 win over the Florida State Seminoles in Miami.
Oklahoma snuck in to the BCS with a last-minute win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys and earned the opportunity to play the Alabama Crimson Tide. And somehow, some way, the Sooners won 45-31 in New Orleans.
It was the perfect storm. Oklahoma had nothing to lose and they outperformed the two-time defending champions.
Alabama got right out of the gate and scored a quick and easy touchdown. It looked like Alabama would easily roll in this one, but as Nick Saban put it on a 60 Minute special, the game is not won on the first play. Now, Oklahoma’s first offensive series ended with an interception, but it would be Trevor Knight’s last.
Knight threw for 348 passing yards and four touchdown passes and was named the Sugar Bowl’s Most Valuable Player.
Oklahoma’s defense had trouble stopping Derrick Henry, but with a lot of pressure to AJ McCarron, the Sooners were able to contain Alabama’s potent offensive attack.
OU has a lot of people to think for this win.
Jalen Saunders had two huge touchdown receptions, and LaColtan Bester and Sterling Shepard caught touchdown passes as well.
The run game was not the strong suit Oklahoma has been accustomed to all season, but it was truly the coming out for Trevor Knight’s arm.
The Sooners were able to take a two touchdown lead at halftime, and with the likes of Eric Striker and Geneo Grissom wreaking havoc in the backfield, AJ McCarron and the Tide could not ever overcome the deficit.
The Sooners only led by seven in the final minute, and Alabama had the opportunity to tie the game on a last minute drive. However, an AJ McCarron fumble deep in Alabama territory ended with an eight-yard Geneo Grissom touchdown fumble return.
The Sooners, to rub it in, kicked an onside to allow for a Trevor Knight victory formation.
As the BCS era takes its final bow, Bob Stoops became the only coach to win an Orange, Rose, Fiesta, and now a Sugar to become the only coach to win all four in the BCS era.
The Sooners end their season 11-2, and hand Alabama their first non-SEC loss since their Sugar Bowl loss to the Utah Utes in 2009.
It’s been a rollercoaster season, but the Sooners ended it on a high note. Here’s to what should be a happy off-season for Sooner fans.