There were some that had the Oklahoma Sooners pegged in the preseason as a potential national championship contender. Things didn’t work out that way as they finished the year at 10-2, but they certainly looked the part on Thursday night in their shocking win over the third-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, 45-31.
Freshman quarterback Trevor Knight played the absolute game of his life against one of the best teams in the country in this one, tossing for 348 yards and four touchdowns. After an up-and-down season for the youngster after being named the starter over Blake Bell back in August, he gave Sooners fans exactly what they’ve been looking for all year.
A lot of credit as well has to go to the Oklahoma defense, who was astounding throughout the evening, constantly getting pressure on Alabama’s senior QB–and Heisman finalist–AJ McCarron. The worst damage came with under a minute to go when McCarron was sacked as he was trying to lead a comeback with his team down seven, a sack which caused a fumble that was scooped up by Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and run in for a touchdown and put the dagger in the Tide.
Yes, considering who they defeated on this night, the Oklahoma Sooners did look like one of the elite in the nation, as we all expected they would prior to the beginning of the season.
Also, now, maybe a little bit of the “Big Game Bobby” heat will be taken off of Sooner’s head coach Bob Stoops, because he deserves it after this.