Clemson routs Oklahoma in bowl game
ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Tigers to a 40-6 rout of Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Monday.
In the day’s other bowl games, Arkansas also had a comfortable victory, defeating Texas in the Texas Bowl, while Texas A&M came back from an early deficit to narrowly win the Liberty Bowl against West Virginia.
Clemson’s win was its 10th of the season, reaching double-digit victories for the fourth consecutive season.
Stoudt was 26 for 36 for a season-high 319 yards. He was sacked four times, but the Tigers never turned the ball over. The defense also did its job, holding Oklahoma to just 275 yards for the game.
The Sooners had five turnovers, including three interceptions by Trevor Knight. They entered the game averaging nearly 40 points but didn’t score until late in the fourth quarter.
Arkansas won in its first bowl appearance for three years, beating Texas 31-7 in the Texas Bowl, with Brandon Allen throwing for 160 yards and two scores.
In the first game between these former Southwest Conference rivals for six years, Arkansas built a 24-7 lead by halftime and Jonathan Williams, who finished with 105 yards rushing, added a 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter.
Texas was smothered by Arkansas’ defense almost all night and finished with a season-low 59 total yards. It is the second straight lopsided bowl loss for the Longhorns after a 30-7 defeat by Oregon last season.
Texas A&M recovered from an early 10-point deficit to beat West Virginia 45-37 in the Liberty Bowl, with Kyle Allen throwing four touchdown passes and running for a fifth.
Allen went 22 of 35 for 294 yards, and Malcome Kennedy caught two of the scores. Allen’s 14-yard rushing TD in the final minute of the first half put the Aggies ahead for good.
Tra Carson rushed for a career-high 133 yards on 25 carries, and Trey Williams scored two touchdowns.
West Virginia quarterbacks Skyler Howard went 20 of 45 for 346 yards and three touchdowns in only his second career start, replacing Clint Trickett, who quit the sport due to multiple concussions.