Wrapping it up: Sugar Bowl

News and notes recapping OU's 45-31 win against Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Putting a final bow on Oklahoma's impressive 45-31 upset victory against Alabama in the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Stoops has done it all

It's obvious OU coach Bob Stoops had his team well prepared and was ready with a great game plan to go against the Crimson Tide. And with the win, Stoops has made history as being the only coach to win all four BCS bowl games and a national championship.

The only one missing from the resume was the Sugar Bowl and now that can be crossed off the list. Stoops has won Orange (2001), Rose (2003), Fiesta (2010) and of course the BCS national championship for the 2000 season.

Stoops is now 8-7 overall in bowl games and OU has won four of its last five bowl games. And for all the talk about how Big Game Bob doesn't exist anymore, Stoops' club won on the road at No. 6 Oklahoma State in Bedlam and defeated No. 3-ranked Alabama to close out the 2013 season.

OU never got down on itself

A real rallying cry for this year's OU team was it was never in turmoil, it was never in the dire straits that sometimes it was portrayed to be in the media.

Questions swirled around the program after blowout losses to Texas and Baylor, but Stoops was never concerned at all about this group.

"We never were in a position where the outside world tried to portray us however many weeks ago," Stoops said. "That wasn't us. So this (win) isn't going to change us. These guys and us in the locker room, you see them nodding their head.

"We know who we are. These guys held it together. No one flinched. Everybody kept improving."

Contributions from everywhere

You have to do what you have to do, and OU wasn't afraid to give everybody a shot at making something special happen against Alabama.

With Sterling Shepard out with a shoulder injury, redshirt freshman Derrick Woods came in for a huge 20-yard gain on third down. Redshirt freshman tight end Taylor McNamara caught the first pass of his career on a four-yard reception for a first down.

Senior Bronson Irwin had his first start at right tackle in his career, allowing for guard Dionte Savage to make his first start ever at OU. Savage had two false start penalties in the second half, but the line did a great job of keeping Trevor Knight clean. The Tide were only able to get one sack.

Montgomery pays off for Sooners

For as explosive and innovative of an offensive game plan OU had developed by Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell, the same could be said about OU's defense and especially the defensive line with Jerry Montgomery.

In his first year at OU, it's clear Montgomery has helped change the state of the position and change the attitude of the players.

"He did a great job preparing us," lineman Geneo Grissom said. "He helped us see things that us players normally wouldn't be able to see. He was able to tell us, give us little tips on things that would help us. And we were able to come out and execute."

The Sooners had seven sacks in the game, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and Grissom capped the game with a fumble returned for a touchdown in the final minute.


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