Sugar Bowl score, highlights: Oklahoma rolls in dominant win over Auburn
Bob Stoops is now 2-1 in Sugar Bowls against SEC opponents
Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley was cooking, calling a great game with Baker Mayfield playing general for the Sooners' high-octane attack. Mayfield was his usually-efficient self, throwing for 296 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-28 passing, adding 34 rushing yards.
With 86 yards on 17 carries, Samaje Perine became Oklahoma's career leading rusher, passing Billy Sims for the historic honor. He contributed to the 524 total yards of offense, an output that was made easier by Auburn's offensive struggles.
The first drive looked great for the Tigers, but on that drive, Auburn QB Sean White apparently broke his arm, played through it and was later pulled in the second half for John Franklin III and examined. Franklin took over in the second half, but then Jeremy Johnson came in and the quarterback carousel that contributed to inconsistent offense during the season again kept the Tigers running in place rather more often than they were running downhill.
Joe Mixon's first game since the 2014 video was made public: Stoops' fourth 10-plus-win season in the past five years did not come without drama. The punishment of Mixon, suspended an entire season for striking a female in the face at a bar before his freshman year, was re-examined after video of the incident was released to the public on Dec. 16. Stoops, and the Oklahoma administration, spent much of the time between then and this game defending their decisions from 2014 about what to do with the 5-star recent high school graduate facing criminal charges.
The handling of Mixon was an off-field issue but still part of the conversation as ESPN's Brent Musberger discussed the story, then returned it to later after unhappy criticism on Twitter, and Auburn fans taunted Mixon with chants referring to hitting women. All of this came as Mixon was absolutely tremendous on the field, taking 19 carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns, and hauling in five passes for a 89 yards -- all team highs.
Mayfield sets single-season FBS passer rating record: Mayfield was named MVP of the Sugar Bowl with his two touchdown passes and 300-plus yards of offense, but his performance also might have put in him rare air when it comes to single-season passer rating. According to SB Nation, Mayfield's unofficial passer rating for the season is 196.39. That tops Russell Wilson's current FBS record of 191.78, set during his single season with Wisconsin in 2011.
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