Oklahoma’s football team set numerous records in a 55-to-20 rout of Florida in the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday night.
The Sooners scored twice in the first three minutes, built a 17-0 lead, and were on their way to matching their largest margin of victory in a bowl game, tying the 35-0 rout of LSU in the Sugar Bowl at the end of the 1949 season.
OU tied the Cotton Bowl record for points, first set by USC in 1995, and broke the Cotton Bowl record for total yards with 684 and rushing yards with 435.
That total is also an OU bowl game record, as is the 55 point total, breaking the old mark of 48 set four times.
The Sooners were just five yards shy of breaking their school bowl record for rushing yards, and likely would have gotten the mark had they not taken a knee on the final couple of plays.
186 of OU’s rushing yards came from Rhamondre Stevenson, who finished with the third most rushing yards ever by a Sooner in a bowl game.
OU quarterback Spencer Rattler was 14-for-23 passing for 247 yards and three touchdowns.
Oklahoma snapped the ball 19 fewer times than Florida, but averaged 10.5 yards per play
The Sooners took the opening kickoff and marched 79 yards in five plays to a touchdown.
Spencer Rattler found Marvin Mims for a 27-yard touchdown to give the Sooners a 7-0 lead.
On the second play of Florida’s first possession, Kyle Trask was intercepted by Tre Norwood, who returned it 45 yards for a touchdown and it was 14-0 OU with 12:22 to play in the first quarter.
Florida was moving the ball on their next possession, until Trask was picked off again, with Brian Asamoah returning it 29 yards to the OU 45-yard line.
That set up a 43-yard field goal by Gabe Brkic to give the Sooners a 17-0 lead with 8:08 left in the first quarter.
The Gators were marching again on the ensuing possession, but Trask was picked off again, as Woodi Washington intercepted him in the end zone for a touchback.
Oklahoma couldn’t capitalize this time, however, as Rattler was hit from behind khris Bogle and Tre Dean recovered the fumble for the Gators at the OU 36-yard line.
Florida got a 21-yard field goal from Evan McPherson to make it 17-3 Sooners with 31 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Gators cut into the Sooners’ lead early in the 2nd quarter, eating up 5:54 off the clock, going 88 yards in 16 plays, with Emory Jones scoring from one yard out to cut the OU lead to 17-10 with 8:08 to play in the first half.
Oklahoma gave it right back to the Gators on the second play of the next possession, as Rhamondre Stevenson fumbled, and Kaair Elam recovered at the OU 29-yard line.
The Sooner defense held and Florida settled for a 35-yard field goal from McPherson to cut OU’s lead to 17-13 with 6:05 to play in the first half.
Oklahoma’s offense responded with a four-play, 60-yard drive after a 40-yard kickoff return by Charleston Rambo.
Rattler threw a short pass to Theo Wease, who zipped 36 yards for a touchdown to extend OU’s lead to 24-13 with 4:08 left in the second quarter.
Florida’s McPherson was short on a 58-yard field goal attempt, then Oklahoma tacked on another touchdown before halftime.
The Sooners went 60 yards in nine plays, with Rattler scoring from a yard out to give OU a 31-13 lead with 16 seconds left in the first half.
After three punts to start the second half, Oklahoma got a big offensive play to help extend their lead.
Seth McGowan broke off a 73-yard run, the longest of the season for the Sooners.
It set up a 20-yard field goal by Brkic to make it 34-13 Oklahoma with 7:51 to play in the third quarter.
Stevenson was the big playmaker on the next OU drive, busting off a run of 50 yards, then scoring on a 15-yard touchdown run to put OU on top 41-13 with 3:58 to play in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Sooners marched 97 yards in 8 plays, with Rattler passing to Rambo for a 20-yard touchdown to make it 48-13 Oklahoma with 10:30 to play.
The lead grew larger on the next possession, as Marcus Major scored on a 46-yard touchdown run to make it 55-13 Sooners with 6:11 to play.
Major had 110 yards rushing on just nine carries.
Florida stopped the bleeding a little bit with the final score on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Richardson to Jordan Pouncey with 3:18 to play.
The Sooners finish the season 9-2 with an eight-game winning streak, and became the sixth college football program to win 30 bowl games.
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