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.
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.