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Oklahoma Sooners' season ends with 37-17 loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl

OU struggles on both sides of the ball in national semifinal defeat

The Oklahoma Sooners redemption tour officially ended almost exactly in the same place that it started: In South Florida with a loss to the Clemson Tigers.

After winning all five of its games against ranked teams this season, Oklahoma lost its third-straight Orange Bowl on Thursday night in Miami, 37-17. Clemson handed the Sooners their third bowl loss in the last four years.

The toughest four-game stretch in program history (four-straight, top-11 teams) ended with a mismatched loss.

No. 4 Oklahoma (11-2) never got its offense rolling before it was too late. The Sooners were the top offense in the nation in points, total offense, touchdowns and first downs per game during the final seven games of the regular season, but top-ranked Clemson (14-0) slowed that juggernaut. 

Oklahoma managed just 379 yards of total offense and only 67 on the ground, where the Sooners were down to just one running back by the end of the game. After scoring on the opening drive of the game, Oklahoma found the end zone just once more.

Baker Mayfield threw just five interceptions all season but threw two picks against Clemson, which boasted one of the best pass defenses in the country. His second, a pick in the red zone with eight minutes to go, all but iced the loss. 

The Tigers, who will play either Michigan State or Alabama in the national championship on Jan. 11, posted 500 yards of offense for the tenth-straight game and won their nation-best 17th straight game.

Without defensive lineman Charles Walker (concussion) from the start of the game and Jordan Evans (shoulder) in the second half, Oklahoma was overmatched in the second half against the speed and size of Clemson.


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