No. 6 Oklahoma runs over No. 7 Florida in Cotton Bowl
Rhamondre Stevenson ran for 186 yards and a touchdown as No. 6 Oklahoma blew out No. 7 Florida 55-20 in the Cotton Bowl on Wednesday night.
The Sooners ran for a Cotton Bowl-record 435 yards.
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask, a Heisman Trophy finalist, had thrown just five interceptions all season coming into the game.
But Trask threw interceptions on the first three Gators drives to help the Sooners jump up 17-0 quickly.
After Oklahoma scored on the game’s opening drive, Tre Norwood picked off Trask’s pass on the Gators’ second offensive play and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown to put the Sooners up by two scores less than three minutes into the game.
On the next drive, Brian Asamoah picked off Trask, leading to a field goal.
After those first two picks, Trask and Emory Jones rotated at quarterback, helping the Gators get going a bit offensively, though Trask threw another interception on the third drive.
Then Oklahoma’s offense started struggling, turning the ball over twice itself as Florida came back to make it a four-point game.
Just like in the Big 12 Championship Game in the same stadium less than two weeks earlier, though, a big kick return late in the first half helped reignite the Sooners’ offense.
Charleston Rambo’s 40-yard kick return helped kickstart a drive that ended with Theo Wease’s 36-yard touchdown catch.
After a stop and another score, the Sooners took a 31-13 lead into the break and the Gators never again challenged the lead.
Spencer Rattler threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns for the Sooners (9-2).
But it was the running game that got Oklahoma going. Marcus Major ran for a career-high 110 yards and Seth McGowan had a 73-yard run on his only carry of the game.
Florida finished with 521 total yards but it couldn’t overcome the early turnovers. Trask and Jones shared time with Trask going 16 of 28 for 158 yards and was held without a touchdown pass for the first time this season.
–Field Level Media