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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners players celebrate their 45-31 victory over Alabama the Crimson Tide Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) and head coach Bob Stoops celebrate the Sooners 45-31 victory over Alabama the Crimson Tide Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISOklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight runs out of the pocket for a first down in the first quarter of the Sugar Bowl on Thursday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma fans celebrate Oklahoma's first touchdown in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jalen Saunders (8) catches a touchdown over Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Deion Belue during the second quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma Lacoltan Bester (11) is stopped by Alabama DL Ed Stinson (49), DL Brandon Ivory (99) and LB C.J. Mosley (32) in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma DB Gabe Lynn (9) incepts a pass intended for Alabama WR Kevin Norwood (83) in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight (9) throws a pass in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma WR Lacoltan Bester (11) makes a catch as Alabama DB Eddie Jackson (4) defends in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Alabama fans get excited before the start of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Alabama WR Amari Cooper (9) finds open field after taking in a pass from QB A.J. McCarron in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. OK DB Gabe Lynn (9 )and LB Eric Striker (19) pursue.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Alabama WR Amari Cooper (9) dances down the sideline after making a catch in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma DB Gabe Lynn (9) incepts a pass intended for Alabama WR Kevin Norwood (83) in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma WR Lacoltan Bester (11) makes a catch as Alabama DB Eddie Jackson (4) defends in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight (9) throws a pass in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The Oklahoma band plays Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, before the Oklahoma Sooners play the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Alabama student Hannah Stephens holds a Roll Tide sign while cheering as the team takes the field for warm-ups before the start of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Stephens, from Sequim, WA, is a senior in Sports Broadcasting.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma WR Lacoltan Bester (11) heads to the endzone for a score in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) and Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell (10) warm up Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, before the Oklahoma Sooners play the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) and Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Blake Bell (10) warm up Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, before the Oklahoma Sooners play the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops shakes hands with defensive back Zack Sanchez before kickoff of Thursday's Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma players gather together Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, before the Oklahoma Sooners play the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma DB Gabe Lynn (9) incepts a pass intended for Alabama WR Kevin Norwood (83) in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Alabama WR DeAndrew White (2) gets big yardage after a long reception in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma RB Keith Ford (21) finds running room for a good gain in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma Brennan Clay (24) is stopped by Alabama DB Landon Collins (26) in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jalen Saunders (8) catches a touchdown over Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Deion Belue during the second quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) scores a touchdown as Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Ed Stinson (49) gives chase during the second quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) scores a touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Alabama QB A.J. McCarron scrambles toward the sideline as Oklahoma's DE Charles Tapper (91) pursues in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma's Lacoltan Bester (11) scores a touchdown as Alabama DB Eddie Jackson (4) defends in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Oklahoma Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) dives for extra yards against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Aaron Colvin signals 'no good' after Alabama kicker Cade Foster missed a field goal in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Colvin was among several defensive back draft prospects who visited the Saints on Tuesday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) catches a touchdown over Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Quentin Hayes (10) during the second quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) catches a touchdown over Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Quentin Hayes (10) during the second quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeAndrew White (2) races to the end zone after beating Oklahoma Sooners defensive back Quentin Hayes (10) for a touchdown during the second quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Eric Striker (19) celebrates sacking Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) during the second quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker celebrates his sack of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron during the second quarter of Thursday's Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Sooners finished with seven sacks.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners defensive end Geneo Grissom (85) is congratulated by Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Eric Striker (19) and Oklahoma Sooners defensive end P.L. Lindley (40) after he sacked Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) during the first quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners defensive end Geneo Grissom (85) sacks Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) during the first quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops congratulates quarterback Trevor Knight during Thursday's Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Lacoltan Bester (11) dives into the end zone for a touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Lacoltan Bester (11) dives into the end zone for a touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the first quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Lacoltan Bester (11) dives into the end zone for a touchdown as Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) gives chase during the first quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELDSooner fans celebrate after Oklahoma receiver Jalen Saunders beat Alabama defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for a touchdown during the first quarter of Thursday's Sugar Bowl.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jalen Saunders (8) beats Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) for a touchdown during the first quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jalen Saunders (8) beats Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) for a touchdown during the first quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Landon Collins (26) celebrates his interception against the Oklahoma Sooners with teammates and Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Eddie Jackson (4) Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) as Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Lacoltan Bester (11) watches during the first quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS - Oklahoma DB Zack Sanchez (15) and K Michael Hunnicutt (18) celebrate Oklahoma's 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Alabama punter Cody Mandell sits dejectedly on the bench following the Crimson Tide's 45-31 loss to Oklahoma.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners players celebrate their 45-31 victory over Alabama the Crimson Tide Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners players celebrate their 45-31 victory over Alabama the Crimson Tide Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners players celebrate their 45-31 victory over Alabama the Crimson Tide Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners players celebrate their 45-31 victory over Alabama the Crimson Tide Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) and head coach Bob Stoops celebrate the Sooners 45-31 victory over Alabama the Crimson Tide Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) and head coach Bob Stoops celebrate the Sooners 45-31 victory over Alabama the Crimson Tide Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) and head coach Bob Stoops celebrate the Sooners 45-31 victory over Alabama the Crimson Tide Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) and head coach Bob Stoops celebrate the Sooners 45-31 victory over Alabama the Crimson Tide Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and players celebrate the Sooners 45-31 victory over Alabama the Crimson Tide Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight (9) passes as Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley (32) closes in during the fourth quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma DB Cortez Johnson (22) and WR Derrick Woods (12) celebrate Oklahoma's 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) catches a touchdown against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the fourth quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Alabama QB A.J. McCarron gets a kiss from his after Oklahoma's 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma DB Cortez Johnson (22) celebrates with fans after Oklahoma's 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) puts his head on the turf after Oklahoma Sooners defensive end Charles Tapper (91) recovered a fumble during the fourth quarter Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops holds up the Allstate Sugar Bowl trophy as his players celebrate Oklahoma's 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Oklahoma Sooners players celebrate their 45-31 victory over Alabama the Crimson Tide Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight receives the Allstate Sugar Bowl Most Valuable Player trophy as head coach Bob Stoops, right, celebrates with him after Oklahoma's 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight (9) audibles at the line of scrimmage in the second half of Oklahoma's 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Alabama RB Derrick Henry (27) scores on a long run as Alabama Quentin Hayes (10) defends in the second half of Oklahoma's 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Alabama RB Derrick Henry (27) scores on a long run as Alabama Quentin Hayes (10) defends in the second half of Oklahoma's 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight (9) throws in the second half of Oklahoma's 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight (9) throws a pass for a first down in the second half of Oklahoma's 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma WR Lacoltan Bester (11) catches a long pass for a first down as Alabama DB Eddie Jackson (4) defends in the second half of Oklahoma's 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Alabama QB A.J. McCarron (10) gives instructions to his teammates at the line of scrimmage in the second half of Oklahoma's 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Oklahoma WR Lacoltan Bester (11) catches a long pass for a first down as Alabama DB Eddie Jackson (4) defends in the second half of Oklahoma's 45-31 victory over Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.