On its first offensive play, Clemson took a bubble screen 65 yards for a touchdown. Nothing ever changed as Oklahoma suffered a 40-6 dismantling to finalize its worst season since 1999 and cap the worst four-year stretch under coach Bob Stoops.
Oklahoma was favored in every game it played this year but finished with just eight wins and with one of the worst losses in program history.
The only thing that kept Oklahoma from its first shutout loss since 1998 and first bowl shutout loss since 1962 was the curtain call that the Clemson defensive starters received with more than eight minutes to play.
A late Sooners’ touchdown, which was followed by a block extra-point attempt, also kept Monday night from being the worst loss in Stoops’ tenure and the worst bowl loss in program history – 36-point loss to USC in 2004.
Clemson’s offensive players received their curtain call with just more than six minutes to play.
After the first half, Oklahoma (8-5) had five first downs and five punts; Five penalties and five completions.
An Oklahoma Pick 6 turned into a Clemson touchdown after an offside penalty, and a Sooners’ blocked field goal turned into a Tigers’ Pick 6 just three plays later.
In his first start in more than a month, Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight finished with three interceptions and went just 17-for-37 for 103 yards – an average of 2.7 yards per attempt.
The Sooners’ offense was shut down for the entire game, exceeding the 100-yard mark for total offense with less than a minute to play in the third quarter.
The first time Oklahoma, which finished the game with five turnovers, reached the Clemson side of the field, true freshman running back Samaje Perine fumbled to give the ball back to the No. 17 Tigers (10-3).
Clemson, which beat Oklahoma in the Citrus Bowl in 1988 in Barry Switzer’s final game as coach, finished with 387 yards of offense. Back-up quarterback Cole Stoudt threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns.
Oklahoma won just 39 games during the past four seasons, a mark that most programs would dream of but one that left the Sooners demanding for more.