Clemson Destroys Oklahoma 40-6: Worst Season in Bob Stoops’ Career


It was supposed to be a head to head matchup that was supposed to go well into the 4th quarter. The two underwhelming teams from 2014 in Clemson and Oklahoma were at least going to trade touchdowns and give the audience a decent game. The result? A 40-6 beat down that propelled one team into 2015 on a positive note (Clemson) and the other team (Oklahoma) not only scratching their heads, but as to who would be left to get on the bus after the final seconds ticked off, Bob Stoops included.

It started rather innocuous but proved to be a foreshadowing of things to come for the entire game. Clemson gets the ball after sending Oklahoma back to the bench on a 3 and out and on the Tigers’ first play from scrimmage, a simple screen out from backup QB Cole Stoudt to Artavis Scott turns into a 65 yard touchdown, Clemson 7-0.

Nothing seemed to go the Sooners way. Whenever it felt like Oklahoma might make a momentum shift, like blocking a field goal attempt or tipping an interception for a pick 6, the Sooners were offsides on both and Clemson capitalized, turning those miscues into 10 points the other way.

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As for Oklahoma’s QB Trevor Knight, it couldn’t have been worse for the young man who shone so bright in last year’s improbable Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. But Knight looked like he had headlights blinding him all game long, leading to 3 Clemson interceptions with one of them being returned for a touchdown by Ben Boulware for 47 yards ensuring that the rout was on. Clemson led 27-0 at the half. Oklahoma finished with 5 turnovers.

So what’s next for these two teams? Clemson can look forward to contending for the ACC crown with that stout defense that can play against anybody, SEC included. Look for a Top 10 preseason ranking for the Tigers. As for the Sooners, it’s back to square one. A team that was so hyped in the offseason and ends in the fashion by which they played; 5 losses on the season after being heralded to be in the playoff, has many wondering in Norman who will fired because of this. One can be rest assured that the repercussions could go as high as Bob Stoops, but his job should be safe. His assistants on the other hand, might be looking for openings come Wednesday morning, if not Sooner…

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