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Sugar Bowl Reactions: What the nation is saying about OU-Alabama

by Erik Horne Modified: January 3, 2014 at 9:35 am •  Published: January 3, 2014

There was high praise for Trevor Knight following the Sooners' Sugar Bowl stunner. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
There was high praise for Trevor Knight following the Sooners' Sugar Bowl stunner. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Following arguably the best bowl game of the 2013-14 college football season, there was plenty to be said about Oklahoma’s 45-31 upset of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl:

Michael Peters of the Tulsa World said football is cyclical … and Bob Stoops was right about the SEC.

Tuscaloosa News writer Cecil Hurt said Alabama had its flaws exposed.

Trey Iles of the New Orleans Times-Picayune said the Sooners may have found their Knight in shining armor.

From Andrew Gilman of Fox Sports: The Sooners did things in the Sugar Bowl they haven’t done all year. Bob Stoops did things he hasn’t done his entire career.

Alex Apple of the Dallas Morning News gives five reasons why the Sooners beat the Crimson Tide. Here’s one:

1. Sooner defense saves it’s best for last – Four turnovers forced– season high. Seven sacks–season high. A defensive touchdown–Grissom seals win.
The four turnovers forced resulted in 28 points scored. Every time Alabama made a mistake, the Sooners made them pay.

Michael Casagrande of said four plays turned the Sugar Bowl and broke the norm for Alabama. Kevin Scarbinsky of said this Alabama team proved it wasn’t championship caliber.

From Scarbinsky:

The first half was simply inexplicable. After suffering the most crushing defeat of Saban’s Alabama career in the Mother of All Iron Bowls, the Crimson Tide played the most embarrassing half of his Tuscaloosa tenure.

Clay Horning of the Norman Transcript said the Sooner Magic was beyond words.

The 45 points allowed were the most since Nick Saban took over the Tide. ESPN Stats and Info provided some more numbers on the OU victory.

Nick Broomberg of Yahoo! Sports said the win could be a massive boost for OU.

Mike Foss of USA Today's take: There was a certain hollowness to the Sooners' victory. writer Jake Trotter’s verdict: The Sooners can play with anyone in the country and are officially back.’s Lars Anderson said even a novice could tell you Trevor Knight was the best player on the field Thursday. A star was born, Anderson said:

Freeze this moment, because it will be worth remembering next season: Against the biggest, baddest college football dynasty of the 21st century, in a game in which Oklahoma was a 17-point underdog, a new force named Trevor Knight arrived.

Finally, Gregg Doyel of pokes fun at himself with a little inbox opening. Doyal wrote a piece earlier in the week about Alabama being the best team in the country. That didn’t sit so well with his readers after the Sooners’ upset.

Let’s face it: There was enough crow for the entire nation to chew on after the Sugar Bowl.

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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