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.
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.
SI.com’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 CBSSports.com 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.