Kyle Trask has thrown three first-quarter interceptions for Florida and the No. 7 Gators trail No. 6 Oklahoma 31-13 in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Wednesday.
Three Early Interceptions By Trask
Trask only threw five interceptions entering this game, but the Heisman finalist was picked off by Tre Norwood, who returned the pick-six for a 45-yard touchdown in his first drive, Brian Asamoah and Woodi Washington.
With Florida trailing 17-0 with 8:08 left in the first quarter coach Dan Mullen elected to mix up his quarterback plays by introducing a different option through backup QB Emory Jones.
Jones’ ability to run the ball allowed the Gators to move the ball up the field a little better and as they build momentum, the SEC side was able to trim the deficit with a field goal by Evan McPherson from 21 yards.
A short run by Jones for a touchdown then cut Oklahoma’s lead to 17-10 with 8:08 remaining in the second quarter.
Florida shaved the deficit even further to 17-13 when McPherson kicked a field goal with 6:05 left in the first half.
However, Oklahoma got back its cushion at 24-13 with 4:08 left in the half when Spencer Rattler completed a 64-yard touchdown pass to Theo Wease.
The Sooners scored again when Rattler puts it in from a yard for a 31 point first half.
Rattler ended the half with 8 of 13 on completed passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns, while Rhamondre Stevenson had 98 rushing yards in the opening half.
Trask is 14 of 24 for 144 yards with the trio of interceptions.