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.