NEW ORLEANS — Trevor Knight threw across his body while falling out of bounds and found an open receiver in the end zone for the eventual game-winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
It was that kind of night for Oklahoma’s freshman quarterback.
Knight had his way with Alabama’s vaunted defense, throwing for 348 yards and four touchdowns as No. 11 Oklahoma upset the heavily-favored and third-ranked Crimson Tide, 45-31, in a wildly entertaining Sugar Bowl.
Oklahoma (11-2) needed something special going up against the powerful Tide, and head coach Bob Stoops tabbed the dual-threat Knight as its spark.
Knight did not need his legs, though, doing most of the damage with his arm as he found Jalen Saunders for two touchdowns, Lacoltan Bester for 105 yards and a score and Sterling Shepard for the aforementioned pivotal TD.
The surprising win was the Sooners’ second straight in a BCS game after a five-game losing streak in the coveted bowls.
Alabama senior AJ McCarron went out on a losing note despite throwing for 387 yards and two scores. The Maxwell Award winner uncharacteristically threw two interceptions in the first half and was stripped-sacked on the Tide’s final possession.
McCarron guided the Tide (11-2) to back-to-back national championships and a shot at a third this season that abruptly ended in an epic Iron Bowl loss to eventual SEC-champion Auburn in its final regular season game.
Derrick Henry accounted for a 161 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns for the Tide, who were making their fifth BCS appearance in the last six seasons.