OU suffers one of its worst bowl losses to Clemson

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Oklahoma played its final football game of this season when they clashed with Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

The City of Orlando purchased some fireworks before the game, but it was Clemson that made the biggest 'bang' just 94 seconds into the contest.

On their first offensive play, quarterback Cole Stoudt threw a bullet to Artavis Scott.

A pair of Sooner defenders didn't cover Scott and they certainly didn't tackle him.

65 yards later, Clemson led 7-0 and we had no idea the game was basically over.

On the Sooners' second drive, quarterback Trevor Knight was sacked for an 8 yard loss by Clemson All-America defensive end Vic Beasley.

Former OU assistant coach Brent Venables was just getting his defensive guys started in their shockingly easy domination of OU.

Knight, who missed the Sooners last three games with a neck injury, threw a couple of first quarter interceptions, including one returned 47 yards for a touchdown by Clemson's Ben Boulware.

At that point during the game, it was 17-0 Tigers.

Even when the Sooners did something well, it didn't work out.

Charles Tapper picked off a Stoudt pass and ran it all the way back for an apparent touchdown, but the Sooners were called for an offsides penalty.

The points were taken off the board, and Clemson capitalized shortly thereafter when Stoudt found Mike Williams from 26 yards out.

The final half couldn't end soon enough for these Sooners.

More mistakes, including a Keith Ford fumble and another interception by Trevor Knight, led to Clemson humiliating Oklahoma 40-6.

By the end of the game, OU had more punts and penalties than points.

This game will go down as one of the worst bowl losses in OU history, especially in terms of effort.

However, Samaje Perine rushed for over 100 yards, and the Sooners were able to avoid a shut-out.

"We've got to continue to analyze what we're doing as coaches, so all of us need to improve.  I need to do a better job first and foremost, you know, at the head of the program.  Assistant coaches after me and players after them.  We've all got to do a better job at what we're doing," said Bob Stoops, OU head coach.

"It's the off-season.  It's the off-season each and every day, it's how you attack practice each and every day, how you come around the guys in the locker room to develop that team chemistry.  You know, you could point your finger at a lot of things and I wish I had all the right answers for you...but I don't.  We've just got to be better," said Trevor Knight, OU quarterback.

"It's been frustrating, disappointing, the way the season has transpired and that's frustrating for all of us.  It's not what we expected, it's not what Oklahoma is all about," said Mike Stoops, OU defensive coordinator.

"No one wants to finish like this.  Not at all.  I'm a team guy, you know what I mean.  That's the way home shaped me  and that's the way I'm gonna be.  I've got another year to make it better...and that's what I'm going to do.  Everything I can to make it better.  We shouldn't finish like this.  No one should want to go out like this," said Eric Striker, OU linebacker.

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