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Oklahoma Game Notes
 Thursday, January 02, 2014
• Head Coach Bob Stoops became the first coach to win all four BCS Bowl Games and a National Championship.
 • The 31 points in the first half for the Sooners is the most for OU since scoring 31 at West Virginia (11/17/12).
 • The 31 points are the most allowed in any half by Alabama this season. Entering the game, the Crimson Tide had allowed just 52 points total in the first half all season long.
 • In addition, the 31 points are the most in the first half of a bowl game in the Stoops era (1999-present) and the most for OU since scoring 34 in the first half against Virginia in the 1991 Gator Bowl.
 • Oklahoma has won 41 straight games when leading at halftime. Only Oregon (60) has a longer streak in the nation.
 • The Sooners’ started offensive line featured Daryl Williams at LT, Dionte Savage at LG, Gabe Ikard at C, Nila Kasitati at RG and Bronson Irwin at RT. It was Williams’ first career start at LT (23 at RT), Savage’s first career start ever and Irwin’s first career start at RT (19 at LG, 2 at RG).
 • Trevor Knight completed passes to nine different receivers marking the third time, and second most, nine different receivers have caught a pass. OU’s season-high came against Tulsa (9/14/13).
 • Oklahoma had scoring plays of 45 yards on a Lacoltan Bester reception and 43 yards on a Jalen Saunders reception. The catches registered as the 11th and 12th receptions of 40 yards or more on the season and only the second time that OU recorded two in a game. The Sooners previously had three pass plays of 40 or more yards against Tulsa.
• QB Trevor Knight completed a career-high 18 passes on 23 attempts for a career-high 206 yards. He also tied a career high with three touchdown passes (3 vs. ULM, 8/31).
 • Knight’s four TD passes are the most in a bowl game in OU history and tied for the most in Sugar Bowl history with Florida State’s Chris Weinke (2000) and Illinois’ Kurt Kittner (2002).
 • Knight is the sixth player in Sugar Bowl history to throw 3 TD passes in a half, and the third to do so in the first half. The other two were Tim Tebow of Florida (2010) and Pepper Rodgers of Georgia Tech (1954).
 • Knight now has nine touchdown passes on the season, connecting on a 45-yarder to Lacoltan Bester, an eight-yarder to Jalen Saunders and another 43-yarder to Saunders.
 • Knight set the Sugar Bowl record for completions with 32. It was also the fourth highest number of completions in a BCS game.
 • The 45-yard completion to Bester was the second-longest of Knight’s career, with only a 48-yard TD pass to Jalen Saunders at Kansas State (11/23) being longer.
• WR Jalen Saunders caught 5 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.
 • Saunders is the seventh different Sooner in history to record multiple TD receptions in a bowl game, and the last to do so since Ryan Broyles set the record with 3 TD receptions in the 2009 Sun Bowl.
 • He now has eight TD receptions this season, 11 in his OU career and 26 in his collegiate career.
 • Saunders currently has 203 career receptions for 3,085 yards to become the 10th active player in the FBS to reach those career plateaus.
 • He finished the season with 61 receptions, which ties him for 13th all-time at OU with Kenny Stills (‘10 and ‘11), and 729 yards.
• WR Lacoltan Bester set a career high with six receptions for 105 yards and one touchdown.
 • Bester caught a 45-yard TD reception in the first quarter. It was the longest TD reception of his career and his second-longest career reception (47 vs. Texas, 10/12).
• WR Sterling Shepard recorded the first rushing TD of his career in the second quarter on a 13-yard run. He had seven catches for 63 yards, including a nine-yard TD in the fourth quarter, and three rushes for 14 yards.
• TE Taylor McNamara caught the first pass of his career, a four-yard gain in the first quarter for a first down.
• WR Derrick Woods caught one pass for a career-long 20 yards in the second quarter.
• Defensive back Gabe Lynn recorded his team-leading fourth interception of the season in the first quarter. Of his four INTs, the Sooners scored a touchdown on the ensuing possession three times.
• DE Zack Sanchez recorded his second career interception in the first half, returning it 43 yards. His other interception came this year at Kansas State (11/23) when he returned a pick 74 yards for a score.
• DE Geneo Grissom recorded two sacks and recovered two fumbles, including the first of his career. Grissom’s secnd fumble recovery came on a strip sack, which he returned eight yards for a touchdown. He returned the first fumble 26 yards, which was the second longest of the season for the Sooners (27 by Gabe Lynn vs. West Virginia (9/7).
• Kicker Michael Hunnicutt converted on a season-long 47-yard field goal in the second quarter. It was tied for the third-longest of his career, and was his longest since a 48-yarder against Oklahoma State (12/3/11).
 • With nine points in the game, Hunnicutt has taken sole possession of second place on OU’s all-time scoring list, breaking a tie he had with former RB Steve Owens (‘67-69). He now has 351 career points, which trails the record of 390 belonging to RB DeMarco Murray (‘07-10).





 Thursday, January 02, 2014
 GAME CAPTAINS: Alabama’s captains for tonight’s game against Oklahoma were AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley and Kevin Norwood. Oklahoma won the coin toss and elected to defer the opening kickoff.
 SERIES: With the loss by Alabama, Oklahoma owns a 3-1-1 series lead over the Crimson Tide. The teams first met in the 1963 Orange Bowl when the Crimson Tide won a memorable 17-0 verdict over the Sooners in Miami, Fla. The squads matched up again following the 1970 season and battled to a 24-24 tie in the 1970 Bluebonnet Bowl game at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. Alabama and Oklahoma met in regular season contests in 2002 (a 37-27 Oklahoma win at Norman, Okla.) and 2003 (a 20-13 Oklahoma victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa).
 COLLINS HAULS IN HIS SECOND PICK OF THE SEASON: Sophomore defensive back Landon Collins halted Oklahoma’s opening drive of the game by intercepting Trevor Knight’s pass at the Alabama 24. It was the second pick of the season for Collins and 11th for the Crimson Tide overall.
 MOSLEY CLOSES CAREER 3RD ON CAREER TACKLES LIST: Senior linebacker C.J. Mosley had six tackles against Oklahoma. Tonight he passed Woodrow Lowe for third on the Alabama career list with 319 total tackles.
 McCARRON SETS SINGLE-SEASON PASSING RECORD: Senior quarterback AJ McCarron finished the season with 3,063 passing yards after tallying 387 in the game, surpassing the previous single-season record held by Greg McElroy (2,987 yards in 2010). McCarron entered today’s game with 2,676 yards.
 McCARRON RECORDS 5TH CAREER 300-YARD PASSING GAME: Senior quarterback AJ McCarron threw for 387 yards, marking the fifth time in his career he has had over 300 yards in a game and the third time this season. McCarron had a career-high 359 yards at Kentucky and 334 at Texas A&M in the Crimson Tide’s second game of the season. In 2012, he had 309 versus the Aggies and 306 at Tennessee.
 COOPER AND WHITE BOTH ECLIPSE 100: Sophomore Amari Cooper and junior DeAndrew White became the first pair of Alabama receivers to go over 100 yards in game since Sept. 10, 2005, versus Southern Miss (Tyrone Prothro – 134; D.J. Hall – 130). Cooper finished with 121 yards on 9 receptions, while White had 3 catches for 139 yards.
 McCARRON-TO-WHITE BREAKS ALABAMA BOWL RECORD TWICE: Junior wide receiver DeAndrew White hauled in a 63-yard pass from senior quarterback AJ McCarron in the first quarter to break the Alabama bowl record for longest pass completion. The previous record of 61 yards was set in the 1931 Rose Bowl by quarterback Johnny Cain and wide receiver John Suther. McCarron connected with White on a 67-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to establish a new record. White finished with a career-high 139 yards off three receptions.
 HENRY MAKES FIRST CATCH COUNT: Freshman running back Derrick Henry notched the first reception of his career when he caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback AJ McCarron in the fourth quarter.
 SCORING STREAK CONTINUES: With sophomore running back T.J. Yeldon’s 1-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter, Alabama has scored in 169 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history.
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Thursday, January 02, 2014


Game Notes




Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight threw four passing touchdowns to tie the Sugar Bowl record for passing touchdowns in a single game. The only other players to achieve this feat were Illinois’ Kurt Kittner in 2002 vs. LSU and Florida State’s Chris Weinke in 2000 vs. Virginia Tech. His fourth touchdown pass was a nine-yard pass to Sterling Shepard at 10:44 in the fourth quarter to put Oklahoma up 38-24. The touchdown pass capped an eight-play, 76-yard drive that took 3:43 off the clock.


Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight became just the sixth player in Sugar Bowl history to throw three touchdowns in a single half and the third to do it in the first half. The other two quarterbacks to throw three touchdowns in a first half were Florida quarterback Tim Tebow against Cincinnati in 2010 and Georgia Tech quarterback Pepper Rodgers against West Virginia in 1954.


Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight set the record for pass completions in a Sugar Bowl game with 32. Knight set the Sugar Bowl record for most pass completions in a single game on a 15-yard pass to Roy Finch at the 4:11 mark in the fourth quarter. It also was the fourth-highest number of pass completions in BCS games.


In the first half, Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight became the 13th player to have three passing touchdowns in the Sugar Bowl joining a list of 10 players including Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino and Heisman Trophy Winner Danny Wuerffel, who was in attendance at the game.


The 139 receiving yards by Alabama wide receiver Deandrew White was the 11th-highest total for receiving yards in Sugar Bowl history. Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper’s 121 receiving yards was the 21st-best total in Sugar Bowl history.


Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White set a Sugar Bowl record with 46.3 yards average per reception (Min. 3 receptions). It was also the second-highest number in BCS games (Peerless Price, 4-for-199, Tennessee vs. Florida State, Fiesta, Jan. 4, 1999).


Alabama’s DeAndrew White eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark on his third catch of the game to become the 41st player in Sugar Bowl history to eclipse the 100-yard receiving mark.


Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt tied a Sugar Bowl record by making six extra points.


Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker tied a Sugar Bowl record with three sacks. The last time a player notched three sacks was Utah’s Stevenson Sylvester vs. Alabama in 2009.


Alabama running back Derrick Henry notched the second-best number for the most rushing yards per attempt (min. 8 attempts) in a Sugar Bowl game with 12.5.


The 44 pass attempts by Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight tied for the eighth-highest total in Sugar Bowl history.


The field goal by Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt of 47 yards in the second quarter was the 11th-longest field goal made in Sugar Bowl history.


Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron became the 12th player in Sugar Bowl history to throw for 300 yards in a game. He eclipsed the mark in the first half when he threw for 301 yards on 14-of-21 passing.


Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s 387 passing yards were good enough for fourth all-time in Sugar Bowl games. Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight’s 348 passing yards ranked seventh on that list.


Alabama running back Derrick Henry became the 42nd player in Sugar Bowl history to rush for 100 yards or more in a single game.




The combined 76 points scored by the two teams was the second-highest combined point total in Sugar Bowl history. It was the highest combined point total since Jan. 4, 2000, when Florida State (46) and Virginia Tech (29) combined to score 75 points. The 45 points scored by Oklahoma was the fifth-highest point total by one team in Sugar Bowl history.


The 516 yards of offense accumulated by Alabama was the fifth-highest yardage total in Sugar Bowl history.


The 7.94 yards per play the Alabama offense averaged was the fourth-highest average yards per play number in Sugar Bowl history.


The 32 pass completions from the Oklahoma offense was the second-highest total in Sugar Bowl history.


The 771 combined passing yards from Alabama and Oklahoma was the second-highest total by two teams in Sugar Bowl history.


The 387 passing yards as a team by Alabama ranked as the fourth-highest total in Sugar Bowl history.


The 24 combined points in the first quarter tied for the second-highest combined total in Sugar Bowl history.


The six combined passing touchdowns by the two teams tied for the fourth-highest combined total in BCS games all-time.


The Alabama four-play, 75 yard drive in 1:39 on the opening drive of the game, which ended with a T.J. Yeldon one-yard run, was the fastest offensive touchdown drive to open a Sugar Bowl since at least 1999. (Times on scoring drives in the Sugar Bowl are not available prior to the 1998 game; Last season, Louisville’s Terrell Floyd scored a defensive touchdown on a 38-yard interception return 15 seconds into the game).


The 67-yard passing touchdown from Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron to wide receiver DeAndrew White at the 14:03 mark in the second quarter tied for the sixth-longest pass play in Sugar Bowl history. It also tied for the fifth-longest scoring pass play in Sugar Bowl history.


The sack by Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker at the 47-second mark in the fourth quarter gave the Sooners seven sacks for the game, tying for the second highest total in a Sugar Bowl game all time. The last time a team recorded seven sacks in a game was on Jan. 4, 2000 by Florida State against Virginia Tech.


It was the first time the Sugar Bowl had two players throw for more than 300 yards in a single game in the bowl’s history. Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight finished with 348 yards while Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron threw for 387 yards.


The 61-yard pass play from Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron to running back Derrick Henry at the 6:22 mark in the fourth quarter tied for the ninth-longest pass play in Sugar Bowl history.


Alabama made a record 14th appearance in the Sugar Bowl; the Crimson Tide's eightwins in the game is also a record.


Oklahoma made its seventh appearance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the most of any non-SEC school.


In addition to featuring two programs ranked in the top seven all-time in college football (FBS) victories, no Sugar Bowl game in history had featured more combined bowl victories (62) by its teams.