Oklahoma Downs Oregon, Clemson Beats Iowa State

Jonathan Grant | December 30th, 2021

Bowl season is finally warming up as the New Year approaches, with teams closer to the top taking part in the games. Three ranked teams featured on Wednesday, with #16 Oklahoma taking on #14 Oregon in the Alamo Bowl as the main event. The Sooners, with Bob Stoops back in charge for the occasion, would be the victors, winning a shootout by a score of 47-32 to end their season on a positive note after a tumultuous last few months.

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The telling difference was made in a decisive second quarter in which the Sooners outscored the Ducks 24-0. Caleb Williams threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns while running back Kennedy Brooks provided a balanced approach by picking up 142 yards and three touchdowns on the ground as well. That result saw OU finish with an 11-2 record while the Ducks finished out with a 10-4 record. In other action, #19 Clemson got a close-run ‘W’ over Iowa State in the Cheez-It Bowl to hand Dabo Swinney his 150th win. They appeared to have it well in hand in the third as they were up 20-3, but the Cyclones valiantly fought back to make a game of it only to fall at the end. The game’s highlight was one of the silliest interceptions you’ll ever see that culminated in a touchdown for Mario Goodrich. That ultimately was the difference-maker right there, and the Tigers would hang on and win 20-13 to finish 10-3 in 2021. The Cyclones, meanwhile, close out the season at 7-6 after starting so well early on.

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