Highlights and recap as No. 6 Oklahoma outclassed a depleted No. 7 Florida 55-20 on Wednesday night to win the Cotton Bowl.
Florida Outclassed In Cotton Bowl – Highlights
Florida entered the game optimistic, despite several of its players opting out to concentrate on their NFL futures, but the Gator struggled to recover from a slow start.
Oklahoma scored on its first drive to put the SEC runner-up on the back foot early, but things continued to fall apart early after Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Kyle Trask, who only had five interceptions all season, threw three picks in the first quarter.
After trailing 17-0 to start the game, Florida came as close as 17-13 in the second quarter before the Sooners (9-2) blew open the contest again en route to their eight win in a row.
“A couple of times, we confused their quarterback with coverage, and he let go of a couple of throws that weren’t as decisive as we usually see him make” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said.
Redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler threw for 247 yards on 14 of 23 passes with three touchdowns and ran for another score with an additional 40 yards on the ground for Oklahoma.
Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for 186 yards n 18 carries with one touchdown and Marcus Major ran nine times for 110 yards and a score for the Sooners, who tallied a Cotton Bowl-record 684 total yards.
The Big 12 champions’ 55 points were also their most ever in a bowl game.
“It’s very meaningful to us with the way the year has gone for everybody to be able to look at the tough things and not see obstacles, but see opportunities,” Riley said. “It’s been our mindset. We felt that way the entire year and really closed so strong.”
Trask, meanwhile, finished 16 of 28 for 158 yards and three interceptions, while Emory Jones, who shared snaps with the senior after his early mistakes, went 8 for 16 on completed passes for 86 yards and ran for another 60 yards and a score for Florida (8-4).
“A lot of guys got some really good experience out there for us tonight,” Florida coach Dan Mullen said. “I think the future is really bright.”
DUKE’S MAYO BOWL WISCONSIN 42, WAKE FOREST 28
In the day’s other bowl game, Graham Mertz accounted for three touchdowns and Wisconsin took advantage of four Sam Hartman’s second-half interceptions into 21 points to beat Wake Forest and secure the Duke’s Mayo Bowl.
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No. 6 Oklahoma (9-2) beat No. 7 Florida 55-20, Cotton Bowl.
Wisconsin 42, Wake Forest 28, Duke’s Mayo Bowl.