USA TODAY Sports

OU 11: Sugar Bowl

The Sooners brought their best game in a 35-19 win against Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.

Each week Sooners Illustrated ranks the top performances from Oklahoma. This time around a look back at OU’s 35-19 Sugar Bowl victory against Auburn.

1. Baker Mayfield

It goes well beyond the numbers for Mayfield. Because even though 296 yards, two touchdowns is nice, it absolutely doesn’t indicate the passion, leadership Mayfield showed throughout the game.

2. Joe Mixon

Best all-around player on the field? You could make that case. Nearly 200 yards of total offense and scoring a couple of touchdowns, was huge in helping OU find its rhythm after slow start.

3. Caleb Kelly

Kelly was a beast and led the team with 12 tackles. He’s someone who OU fans had been wanting to see make that leap, and he did just that. He was everywhere against Auburn, didn’t matter situation.

4. Jordan Evans

It was a real hold your breath moment when Evans collided with Sean White in that first series. He returned and played as well as he had during his stellar play down the stretch of his senior season.

5. Dede Westbrook

Lincoln Riley tried to get a little creative in his usage of Westbrook as a runner, receiver and even as a passer. Westbrook led the team with six catches and had one more touchdown in his final game.

6. Ben Powers

Again, it’s always a whole offensive line type of deal. After OU was getting stymied early by Auburn’s defensive line, the interior really got going in helping OU to more than 500 yards of offense.

7. Steven Parker

That was as about as good a game from Parker as we’ve seen in a while. Helped in run support, was incredibly physical and made a huge third-and-short stop vs. John Franklin III.

8. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo

It seems wrong Obo wasn’t credited with a sack with the way he was bringing pressure from all angles. It was another quality outing with four tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss.

9. Mark Andrews

Finally with time to recover from that AC shoulder sprain, Andrews looked more like what OU fans thought he would this season. Three catches, 68 yards and the first touchdown for the Sooners.

10. Ahmad Thomas

Thomas had even wondered himself why things didn’t go as well for him this year, but at least his final statement was a huge one. He was strong at the point of attack and finished with five tackles.

11. Samaje Perine

That’s how good OU was Monday night. Perine became the school’s all-time leading rusher and barely cracks this list. Was it his final touchdown as a Sooner? We’ll find out very soon.


Sooners Illustrated Top Stories