Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Oklahoma Blows Out Auburn in Sugar Bowl Win

Sean White said it himself during the run-up to Monday’s Allstate Sugar Bowl: “When [Auburn is] 100 percent, we’re a pretty tough team to beat.”

Without their starting quarterback, the Tigers weren’t tough to beat at all, with Oklahoma’s high-powered offense heating up in the second half and cruising to a 35-19 win.

White suffered a right forearm injury -- reportedly a broken arm -- while taking a big hit from Sooners linebacker Jordan Evans near the end of Auburn’s game-opening touchdown possession. He played three more series after taking that hit, leading the Tigers to one field goal. But once he left the game, backups John Franklin III and Jeremy Johnson were unable to score consistently -- and that was a recipe for disaster with Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield & Co. occupying the opposite sideline.

Eventually Mayfield and the Oklahoma offense got hot and took control of the game, rolling up 524 yards of offense and averaging 7.4 yards per play.

Shedding Auburn pass-rushers like a magician, game MVP Mayfield continually extended plays and found open receivers for big gains. He helped turn the game in Oklahoma’s favor on consecutive second-quarter possessions, first hitting Joe Mixon on a wheel route for a 32-yard gain on third-and-22 and later with a 26-yard completion to Dede Westbrook on fourth-and-4. The Sooners followed both clutch conversions with touchdowns to claim a lead they would not relinquish. (ESPN)

QUARTER-BY-QUARTER
Team1234F
14 Auburn760619
Oklahoma01414735
TEAM STATS
Stat AUOU
First Downs2228
Total Yards339524
Pass Comp-Yards13-15419-296
Rushes-Yards46-18543-228
Penalties-Yards6-6310-100
3rd Down Conversions5-155-10
4th Down Conversions3-31-1
Fumbles Lost00
Interceptions10
Time of Possession26:4233:18

Photo Courtesy: Ty Russell/Oklahoma Athletics
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