Bottom line: Tremendous season for the Oklahoma football team.
Bottom line: OU wasn’t as good as Clemson.
The Sooners Cinderella season is over. The clock struck midnight in a 37-17 loss to Clemson in a college football playoff semifinal matchup in Miami.
Oklahoma’s defense couldn’t contain Tiger QB Deshaun Watson, who burned the Sooners with his legs, running for 145 yards in the victory, most in the opening half.
And in the second half it was the “Wayne Train,” Wayne Gallman, who wore down a fatigued Sooners D and finished OU down the stretch. Gallman had 150 yards on the night.
Clemson easily won the manhood matchup with the Sooners at the line of scrimmage, rushing for 312 yards to OU’s 67.
The Sooners held a precarious 17-16 lead at the intermission, but it was the Tigers who dominated the second half.
Clemson took the third quarter kickoff and marched 80 yards for an easy touchdown to establish control and not look back the rest of the way.
Yes, the Sooners made mistakes. Horrible penalties. Gave up a huge fake punt. Poor tackling. Two picks from Baker Mayfield.
Throw in injuries to Samaje Perine (who returned) and Joe Mixon (who didn’t) and the last half ended up being a nightmare for Oklahoma.
Still, Clemson won both sides of the line and proved to be the better team.
Again, great season for the Sooners. Big 12 championship. Impressive wins at Tennessee, Baylor and OSU.
Mayfield gives OU fans hope for another big season in 2016. Same for Perine and Mixon. And eight returnees on defense.
However, another bitter big game pull for Bob Stoops to swallow on the national championship stage. Too many of those since that title win over Florida State in 2000.
As for this year, the Sooners were pretty darn good… just not as good as Clemson.
See ya next season