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


#Lincoln #Riley will remember this #Oklahoma season for a long time. #It took a lot to get to the end of it — with two significant trophies.

The #No. 8 #Sooners navigated through the season played under the cloud of a pandemic, and their first 0-2 start in #Big 12 play since 1998, to win their sixth conference title in a row, then wrapped it up with an overwhelming 55-20 win over 10th-ranked SEC runner-up #Florida on #Wednesday night in the #Cotton #Bowl — the first #New #Year’s #Six game played.

“#It’s very meaningful to us with the way the year has gone for everybody to be able to look at the tough things and not see obstacles, but see opportunities,” #Riley said. “#It’s been our mindset. #We felt that way the entire year and really closed so strong.”

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#Spencer #Rattler threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score, and #Rhamondre #Stevenson rushed for 186 yards for the #Sooners (9-2, #No. 6 CFP), who won the #Cotton #Bowl in the same NFL stadium where 11 days earlier they claimed their latest #Big 12 title. They led 17-0 in the first seven minutes on way to the most points and yards (684) they have ever had in a bowl game.

The #Sooners had 435 yards rushing, including 110 from freshman #Marcus #Major. They averaged 10.52 yards per play overall, the most ever against a #Power 5 opponent in a bowl game, according to STATS.

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#Rattler threw a 27-yard TD pass to fellow freshman #Marvin #Mims on the game’s opening drive, and #Florida’s first possession ended with #Tre #Norwood’s 45-yard interception return for a touchdown. #That was the first of three picks thrown by #Heisman #Trophy finalist quarterback #Kyle #Trask in the first quarter, after only five all season.

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

#Oklahoma played in its sixth consecutive #New #Year’s #Six bowl game, but the last three seasons had lost #College #Football #Playoffs semifinal games while giving up an average of 54 points to different SEC teams.

The #Sooners finished this season with an eight-game winning streak. Their 0-2 start in #Big 12 play effectively knocked them out of playoff contention by mid-October.

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“I feel like this win specifically is going to get us going, going into next year,” #Rattler said. “#This is a game we wanted to come out here and coach #Riley said, we want to make a statement. #As a group, we do that well.”

These #Gators (8-4, #No. 7 CFP) were much different than the team that just 11 days earlier fell 52-46 to #No. 1 #Alabama in the SEC title game, and had averaged nearly 42 points a game.

#Trask played presumably his final college game, but didn’t have his top four pass-catchers, and didn’t play after the opening drive of the second half.

AP #All-America tight end #Kyle #Pitts and two others receivers opted out to start preparing for their pro futures, and sophomore receiver #Jacob #Copeland tested positive for COVID-19. They were among 17 players that #Florida said were unavailable.

#Dual-threat sophomore QB #Emory #Jones had a 1-yard keeper for #Florida’s first touchdown midway through the second quarter, capping a 16-play, 88-yard drive when both he and #Trask took snaps.

#Trask finished 16 of 28 for 158 yards, while #Jones was 8 of 16 for 86 yards — with 12 players catching passes.

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“A lot of guys got some really good experience out there for us tonight,” coach #Dan #Mullen said. “I think the future is really bright.”

#Rattler was the fourth starting quarterback in as many seasons to lead #Oklahoma to a #Big 12 title and a NY6 game, the first who began his career in the program rather than coming in as a transfer. #He was 14 of 23 passing for 247 yards and ran for 40 yards.

#Florida got within 17-13 late in the first half before Theo #Wease caught a pass on a short crossing route, then cut back inside behind some downfield blockers for a 36-yard TD play. #Rattler then got his rushing touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half.

#Stevenson had a 15-yard TD run in the third quarter when at least six different defenders got their hands on him has he shuffled and twisted toward the end zone.

THE TAKEAWAY

#Florida: The #Gators played in their third consecutive NY6 game since #Mullen became their head coach. They won the first two. #While a tough night overall, they did show some positive glimpses of what their offense could be capable of after #Trask set single-season school records with 4,283 yards passing and 43 TDs. #Jones ran for 60 yards, and freshman running back #Nay’#Quan #Wright had gains of 18 and 26 yards.

#Oklahoma: #Rattler finished with 28 TD passes, and #Mims set a #Sooners freshman record with nine receiving TDs in 11 games. The #Sooners are 45-8 in four seasons under #Riley #That’s the most wins in the first four seasons for an OU coach. #Bob #Stoops, his predecessor, was 43-9 from 1999-2002, including the #Sooners’ last national title in 2000.

UP NEXT

#Florida: #Jones, in his fourth season in the program, could get his first start as the #Gators quarterback when they open the 2021 season #Sept. 4 at home against #Florida #Atlantic.

#Oklahoma: The #Sooners could again be favored to win another #Big 12 title. Their opener next season is #Sept. 4 at #Tulane.



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