“I was there at the Orange Bowl in 2000 and it was the same thing,” said Norman native Jim Goodenow, who has been a season-ticket holder for 40 years. “People said OU shouldn't even show up to the game. But that's why it's played on the field. I was proud to see that group of boys show up and play like that. It reminded me of that national championship team.”
Many fans were already shifting focus to next season, citing the return of Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight as reason for optimism. Knight passed for 348 yards and four touchdowns against Alabama to earn Sugar Bowl MVP honors.
“I didn't know Knight had that capability,” said John Wood, a season-ticket holder from Weatherford. “That was a hell of a performance. I hope it gives him the confidence to play next year the way he played last night. If he carries that confidence with him, he'll be a really good one for a long time.”