“From doing extra after workouts to studying in the film room to just buying into what the coaches were trying to tell us,” defensive end Chuka Ndulue said when asked what changed after the Cotton Bowl embarrassment. “There were a few years when we didn’t finish strong, and lost when we came toward the end of the season. This year, it was just preached over and over again and we bought into that.”
Oklahoma certainly finished strong in 2013. After the Baylor game, the Sooners ended the season on a four-game winning streak that culminated in a 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama.
Senior defensive end Geneo Grissom said he’s rewatched the Sugar Bowl twice since he played in it, recording 2.5 sacks and returning a late fumble for a touchdown.
“Don’t ever let that happen again,” Grissom said when asked what he thinks today about the 2013 Cotton Bowl.
“It's just for me a matter of realizing that I don't have much time left here, and if I want to do what I came here to do, I’ve just got to start making plays and making sure that the coaches see that.”