Gators rattled as No. 8 Oklahoma routs Florida in Cotton Bowl

ARLINGTON, Texas — Lincoln Riley will recall this Oklahoma season for a long time. It took a ton to get to the stop of it — with two important trophies.

The No. 8 Sooners navigated by way of the season played below the cloud of a pandemic, and their initially -two start off in Big 12 enjoy considering that 1998, to acquire their sixth conference title in a row, then wrapped it up with an too much to handle 55-twenty acquire around tenth-rated SEC runner-up Florida on Wednesday evening in the Cotton Bowl — the initially New Year’s Six match played.

“It’s extremely meaningful to us with the way the calendar year has absent for every person to be equipped to seem at the challenging points and not see road blocks, but see alternatives,” Riley reported. “It’s been our frame of mind. We felt that way the total calendar year and really shut so powerful.”

Spencer Rattler threw for a few touchdowns and ran for an additional rating, and Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for 186 yards for the Sooners (nine-two, No. 6 CFP), who gained the Cotton Bowl in the exact NFL stadium where by 11 days earlier they claimed their newest Big 12 title. They led seventeen- in the initially seven minutes on way to the most points and yards (684) they have ever experienced in a bowl match.

The Sooners experienced 435 yards rushing, including a hundred and ten from freshman Marcus Key. They averaged 10.fifty two yards per enjoy total, the most ever versus a Ability 5 opponent in a bowl match, according to STATS.

Rattler threw a 27-property TD pass to fellow freshman Marvin Mims on the game’s opening travel, and Florida’s initially possession ended with Tre Norwood’s 45-property interception return for a landing. That was the initially of a few picks thrown by Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Kyle Trask in the initially quarter, following only five all season.

“A couple of times, we confused their quarterback with coverage, and he enable go of a couple of throws that weren’t as decisive as we normally see him make” Riley reported.

Oklahoma played in its sixth consecutive New Year’s Six bowl match, but the last a few seasons experienced shed School Soccer Playoffs semifinal video games while offering up an regular of 54 points to diverse SEC teams.

The Sooners concluded this season with an eight-match winning streak. Their -two start off in Big 12 enjoy correctly knocked them out of playoff competition by mid-October.

“I experience like this acquire precisely is likely to get us likely, likely into subsequent calendar year,” Rattler reported. “This is a match we wanted to come out in this article and mentor Riley reported, we want to make a assertion. As a group, we do that properly.”