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Kyle Trask Struggles as Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma Rout Florida in Cotton Bowl | Bleacher Report


#Ron #Jenkins/Associated #Press

#Lincoln #Riley’s bowl drought ended in blowout fashion.

The #Oklahoma head coach finally got his first postseason victory on his fourth attempt as the #No. 6 #Sooners knocked off a shorthanded #No. 7 #Florida team, 55-20, at the #Cotton #Bowl #Classic in #Arlington, #Texas, on #Wednesday.

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OU (9-2) has now won at least nine games in each of #Riley’s first four seasons.

The #Gators (8-4) played without their top four pass-catchers. #Wideouts #Trevon #Grimes and #Kadarius #Toney opted out to prepare for the NFL draft. #Tight end #Kyle #Pitts also declined to participate, while receiver #Jacob #Copeland was unable to play after testing positive for COVID-19.

The foursome combined for 2,778 yards and 34 touchdowns this year. #That gave #Florida quarterback and #Heisman #Trophy finalist #Kyle #Trask an opportunity to show off his skill set with a new crop of receivers, but it wasn’t enough to produce the win.

#It’s the first time UF has failed to win its bowl game under head coach #Dan #Mullen.

#Notable #Performers

#Spencer #Rattler, QB, #Oklahoma #Sooners: 14-of-23, 247 yards, 3 touchdowns

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#Rhamondre #Stevenson, RB, #Oklahoma #Sooners: 18 carries, 186 yards, 1 touchdown

#Charleston #Rambo, WR, #Oklahoma #Sooners: 2 catches, 45 yards, 1 touchdown

#Kyle #Trask, QB, #Florida #Gators: 16-of-28, 158 yards, 3 interceptions

#Emory #Jones, QB, #Florida #Gators: 8-of-16, 86 yards; 10 carries, 60 yards, 1 touchdown

#Florida #Can’t #Match #Sooners’ #Level

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A week before #Oklahoma and #Florida kicked off, #Gators linebacker #James #Houston uttered a phrase he probably wishes he could take back.

“#Oklahoma is a good matchup,” #Houston told reporters. “#But they’re not on our level, they’re not SEC, they’re not the #Florida #Gators.”

#Those words would be thrown back at him with 11 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. #With OU up 41-13, the overwhelmingly pro-Oklahoma crowd began chanting “S-E-C” back at the #Gators. The #Sooners scored again moments later to make it 47-13.

#Whatever mystique the #Southeastern #Conference carried heading into the #Cotton #Bowl, it was gone as soon as #Oklahoma took the field. #Instead, it was OU quarterback #Spencer #Rattler who looked more like one of the top players in the country as he led nine scoring drives on 14 possessions.

The #Sooners racked up 249 passing yards, 435 rushing yards, 61 tackles and one sack.

#It was the most points allowed by #Florida in a bowl game since #Steve #Spurrier’s 1995 team lost 62-24 to #Nebraska in the #Fiesta #Bowl. #It also happened to be the second straight game the #Gators gave up more than 50 points after #Alabama hung 52 on them in the SEC #Championship.

#It got to the point where OU was readying to give #Riley the traditional #Gatorade bath with more than four minutes still remaining.

#Only one team looked elite on #Wednesday. #It wasn’t the club that bragged about it.

#Shaky #Start #Sinks #Gators

#Whatever #Mullen considered the worst-case scenario to open the #Cotton #Bowl before the game, reality proved much worse.

A mess of turnovers, injuries and dropped passes limited what was already a thin offense. #Oklahoma’s ability to quickly turn that bad fortune into points put UF in a near-impossible hole to come back from. #And a quarterback whose next stop is the #Heisman #Trophy ceremony looked like anything but a contender.

#Trask was intercepted on back-to-back-to-back drives to begin the game after the #Sooners had already sliced their way through the #Gators defense for a touchdown on the first possession of the game, which only ate up two minutes of clock.

The first pick #Trask tossed was taken back for a touchdown. The second led to an OU field goal. The third somehow came back to #Florida after the defense recovered an OU fumble—yet that might’ve been the most dispiriting play of the half on one of the wildest drives of the game.

#Sophomore backup quarterback #Emory #Jones entered the game as #Mullen gave #Trask an extra moment to regain his composure after missing his target on first down. #Jones and #Trask kept switching off in the huddle, rattling OU’s defense. #After finally reaching the #Sooners’ 10-yard line, #Trask was picked off in the end zone, killing any momentum UF had mustered.

#After tossing five picks all season long, the senior quarterback turned the ball over three times right away #Wednesday.

#Trask looked prepared to ride out the rest of the game on the sidelines after #Jones bullied into the end zone for the #Gators’ first touchdown of the night before halftime, but he became ill as he jogged off the field, requiring #Trask to re-enter.

#Jones was healthy enough to return in the second half as #Trask’s college career ended in just about the most brutal way possible. #After racking up 4,125 passing yards and an NCAA-leading 43 touchdowns, his time at UF concluded in heartbreak.

#What’s #Next?

#Florida enters the offseason with plenty of momentum on the recruiting trail. #According to 247Sports, the #Gators have the #No. 5 class in the SEC for 2021, ranking #No. 10 in the nation. The #Sooners, meanwhile, sit atop the #Big 12 rankings with one 5-star recruit and 12 4-stars. #That puts OU at #No. 9 in the country.





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