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OU Football: No. 1 Clemson 37, No. 4 Oklahoma 17

Written by  Mike Houck | Assistant AD/Strategic Communications Thursday, 31 December 2015 21:23
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The game book from Oklahoma's 37-17 Orange Bowl loss to top-ranked Clemson is attached, as are OU’s final season stats.

 

Junior quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for an OU Orange Bowl-record 311 yards (previous record was 244 by Jason White in 2005 game vs. USC). Mayfield connected with Mark Andrews on an 11-yard scoring pass late in the second quarter to give the Sooners a 17-16 halftime lead. It was Andrews’ seventh receiving TD of the year, an Oklahoma freshman record.

 

The points marked OU’s last of the game. Senior wide receiver Sterling Shepard hauled in seven receptions for 87 yards, tying the OU Orange Bowl record for receiving yards held by Eddie Hinton (1968) and Shepard’s late father, Derrick Shepard (1985). Junior cornerback Zack Sanchez registered the Sooners’ lone takeaway with an interception on Clemson’s final play of the first half. It was his Big 12-leading seventh interception of the year and 15th of his career (tied for fourth most in OU history).

 

The loss was OU’s first in six games this season against AP Top 25 opponents (at the time of competition). The Sooners finished the year with an 11-2 record and a ninth Big 12 title (8-1 league record) under 17th-year head coach Bob Stoops. OU’s 13 seasons of at least 10 wins over the last 17 years are the most in the nation.