NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trevor Knight passed for 348 yards and four touchdowns and No.11 Oklahoma took down third-ranked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, 45-31 on Thursday night.
Kinght's completion percentage entering the game was 52.2. He had completed 47 passes all season, and had 32 against Alabama to set a Sugar Bowl record.
The victory was a sweet one for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who last offseason called talk about the Southeastern Conference being the best league in college football "propaganda."
His team vanquished an Alabama squad that had been ranked No. 1 much of the past three seasons, winning the previous two national titles.
AJ McCarron passed for 387 yards and two TDs, but his two interceptions set up Oklahoma TDs, and his fumble, returned for a score in the final minute, sealed 'Bama's first two-game skid since its Sugar Bowl loss to Utah in January 2009.
The Sugar Bowl's 80th edition marked the first in which both quarterbacks passed for 300-plus yards.
With the win, Stoops becomes the first coach to win all four BCS games (Fiesta 2011, Orange 2001, Rose Bowl 2003
and the BCS National Championship game (2001).
Alabama opened the scoring with a 1-yard T.J. Yeldon run with 13:11 left in the first quarter.
However, Oklahoma responded within two minutes as Knight connected with Lacoltan Bester on 45-yard touchdown pass. Michael Hunnicutt's successful extra point attempt knotted the game at seven apiece.
From there the two teams traded scores to finish the first quarter.
First, it was Alabama's turn as Cade Foster kicked a 27-yard field goal.
Then, OU responded courtesy of another Knight touchdown pass. This time, it was an 8-yard reception by Jalen Sanders for the score with 1:53 remaining in the first quarter.
Oklahoma's 14-10 lead was short-lived however as Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron found DeAndrew White for a 67-yard touchdown pass.
With that score, the Crimson Tide claimed a 17-14 lead.
Not to be outdone, the Sooners ratcheted up their game.
Oklahoma scored 17 unanswered points to close out the first half.
This run gave the Sooners a 31-17 lead at halftime.
Note: Additional reporting by Matt Caban.