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OU 45, Alabama 31 Game Notes
January 03, 2014

GAME NOTES

• 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.

TREVOR KNIGHT

• QB Trevor Knight completed a career-high 32 passes on 44 attempts for a career-high 348 yards. He also set a career high with four 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.

JALEN SAUNDERS

• 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.

LACOLTAN BESTER

• 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).

STERLING SHEPARD

• 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.

TAYLOR MCNAMARA

• TE Taylor McNamara caught the first pass of his career, a four-yard gain in the first quarter for a first down.

DERRICK WOODS

• WR Derrick Woods caught one pass for a career-long 20 yards in the second quarter.

GABE LYNN

• 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.

ZACK SANCHEZ

• 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.

GENEO GRISSOM

• 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).

MICHAEL HUNNICUTT

• 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).

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