Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bilo's Quick Sugar Bowl Recap

Oklahoma 35, Auburn 19

Oklahoma scored 21 straight points in the second half to pull away from a one point game at the half in beating Auburn in New Orleans. The Sooners won their 10th straight game after starting out 1-2 in September with losses to Ohio State and Houston. Their winning streak is now second in the nation behind Alabama. Auburn finished the year with their 3rd loss in their last 4 games.
Baker Mayfield passed for 296 yards and 2 TDs, with no INTs. It was the 7th time in 2016 that Mayfield did not toss a pick in a game. He threw 2 or more TD passes in every game of the season.
This was the first meeting of Oklahoma and Auburn since 1972, which also happened in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma won that game as well, and are now 2-0 all-time against the Tigers. This was just the 2nd Bowl win in the last 5 attempts by Oklahoma, and they move to 29-20-1 all-time in bowls. Auburn is now 23-16-2 all-time in bowls, and have lost 3 of their last 4 appearances in bowl games.
Samaje perine broke Billy Simms all-time Oklahoma rushing record in the game, as he rushed for 86 yards on 17 carries, and scored a TD. He announced after the game that he will enter the NFL draft.
Kamryn Pettway was the star for Auburn, as he rushed for 101 yards on 24 carries.
Oklahoma rushed for 228 yards and 3 scores, and also received 91 yards on 19 carries from Joe Mixon. Auburn rushed for 185 yards on 46 carries.
Auburn had four players attempt passes in the game, and they combined to go 13/27 for just 154 yards with a TD and a pick.
Kevin Phillips averaged over 49 yards per punt for Auburn, while Austin Seibert averaged just over 45. Seibert, also the PK for OU, missed his only FG attempt.

2017 Season Openers: UTEP at Oklahoma (9/2); Georgia Southern at Auburn (9/2)

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