SUGAR RUSH: Stoops, Oklahoma roll Crimson Tide
Trevor Knight passed for 348 yards and four touchdowns and No.11 Oklahoma took down third-ranked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, 45-31 on Thursday night.
Knight’s completion percentage entering the game was 52.2. He had completed 47 passes all season, and had 32 against Alabama to set a Sugar Bowl record.
The victory was a sweet one for Youngstown native and Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who last offseason called talk about the Southeastern Conference being the best league in college football “propaganda.”
Stoops is a Cardinal Mooney High School graduate.
Stoops’ team vanquished an Alabama squad that had been ranked No. 1 much of the past three seasons, winning the previous two national titles.
Knight was 32 of 44. He threw touchdowns of 8 and 43 yards to Jalen Saunders, a 45-yard TD pass to Lacoltan Bester and nine yards to Sterling Shepard.
AJ McCarron passed for 387 yards and two TDs, but his two interceptions set up Oklahoma TDs, and his fumble, returned for a score in the final minute, sealed ‘Bama’s first two-game skid since its Sugar Bowl loss to Utah in January 2009.
The Sugar Bowl’s 80th edition marked the first in which both quarterbacks passed for 300-plus yards.
Derrick Henry ran eight times for 100 yards and a touchdown for Alabama, which was ranked No. 1 for most of the season before falling to rival Auburn in November and dropping to No. 3.