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Oklahoma Destroys Depleted Florida Team in Cotton Bowl

The Oklahoma Sooners have won the Goodyear Cotton Bowl decisively. This team left no doubt, beating the Florida Gators 55-20 less than a year after losing to LSU 63-28 in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff.

From start to finish, this was a dominant performance by Oklahoma.

The absence of key Gators such as Kyle Pitts, Kadarius Toney, Trevon Grimes and several others contributed to the lopsided victory, but the Sooners look like a team ready to take another step forward in 2021.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler was excellent. He completed 60.9 percent of his 23 pass attempts for 247 yards and three touchdowns. He also accounted for 40 yards and another score on the ground.

With all that being said, the real MVP should be awarded to Oklahoma’s running back duo.

Rhamondre Stevenson and Marcus Major combined for an eye-popping 296 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, good for 11 yards per rush. The Sooners hit big play after big play, and Florida had no answers.

The offensive performance actually broke a Cotton Bowl record for the most yards. The previous record was held by the Texas A&M Aggies, who totaled 633 yards in 2012. On Wednesday, Oklahoma racked up 684.

The defense was effective too. Three first-quarter interceptions from Heisman hopeful Kyle Trask gave the Sooners plenty of early momentum. It also complemented a thriving, productive offense that was waiting to explode.

We don’t know who Lincoln Riley and company will have back for 2021 yet, but this is a promising group on paper. We should probably go ahead and assume Big 12 favorites once again. Surprise, surprise.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Can you imagine if Kyle Pitts, Kadarius Toney and Trevon Grimes had played for John Wooden? I’m pretty sure Coach would have made it clear, at recruiting, that you play for the team and that you do not opt out and leave your brothers hanging.

  2. Time to incentivize the bowl games…opt-outs aren’t going anywhere as long as the games remain meaningless. Have a winners/losers one time bonus for the bowl games. Otherwise, the NY6 games (minus the playoffs) will continue to be one-sided. Most of the teams that end up in these games have fell at the final hurdle—in Florida’s case, the SEC Championship—so understandably the upper classmen and ready-to-turn-pro juniors are not interested. Add in some $$$ and then the games will (hopefully) improve.
    Having said all that, I’ll buy OU as a real player in the modern game when they actually win a playoff game. They’re fantastic beating up on teams that don’t want to be there but when they play in games that count they still have a zero in the win column. After last night, I’m sure they’ll be in the preseason top 5 next year, so they will likely get another shot at finally trying to get a real W in the post-season.

  3. I don’t want to hear any excuses out of UF. The defense (if one can call it that) was in tact. Face it the only way UF would have won even with all of their players on offense would have been to score 60, just like the A&M, LSU and Alabama games. UF had no running game all year and a leaky defense. The only reason UF was 8-3 (going into the bowl game) is because they beat up on shitty teams like: Kentucky; South Carolina; Vanderbilt; Tennessee; Ole Miss; Missouri and ooh they beat an overrated Georgia team with no offense. Fuck Dan Mullens’ excuses and fuck Florida you were overrated all year. Oh and by the way 2 of Trasks’ interceptions were downright horrible. Maybe he was watching Haskins’ NFL lowlights for guidance who knows.

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