OU wins the Sugar Bowl

CREATED Jan 2, 2014 - UPDATED: Jan 2, 2014

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  • Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight holds the MVP trophy as he stands with Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and the Sugar Bowl trophy after the NCAA college football matchup in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Oklahoma won 45-31. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza) Image by AP

  • Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders (8) scores a touchdown as Alabama defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (6) tries to tackle during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza) Image by ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders (8) celebrates his touchdown reception Alabama defensive back Landon Collins (26) walks away in the first half of the NCAA college football Sugar Bowl as in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza) Image by AP

  • Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders (8) celebrates his touchdown reception against Alabama during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza) Image by AP

  • Oklahoma wide receiver Jalen Saunders (8) pulls in a touchdown reception in front of Alabama defensive back Deion Belue (13) in the first half of the NCAA college football Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza) Image by AP

  • Oklahoma wide receiver Lacoltan Bester (11) carries for a touchdown during the first half against Alabama during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza) Image by AP

  • Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard (42) tries to tackle Oklahoma running back Roy Finch (22) in the second half of the NCAA college football Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Image by AP

  • Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10) is sacked by Oklahoma defensive tackles Jordan Wade (93) and Chuka Ndulue (98) during the second half of the NCAA college football Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Image by AP

  • Oklahoma tight end Brannon Green (82) reacts in the final minute of the second half of the NCAA college football Sugar Bowl against Alabama in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Oklahoma won 45-31. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza) Image by ASSOCIATED PRESS

  • Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops hugs quarterback Trevor Knight during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Alabama, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza) Image by ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Trevor Knight passed for 348 yards and four touchdowns and No.11 Oklahoma took down third-ranked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, 45-31 on Thursday night.

Kinght's completion percentage entering the game was 52.2. He had completed 47 passes all season, and had 32 against Alabama to set a Sugar Bowl record.

The victory was a sweet one for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who last offseason called talk about the Southeastern Conference being the best league in college football "propaganda."

His team vanquished an Alabama squad that had been ranked No. 1 much of the past three seasons, winning the previous two national titles.

AJ McCarron passed for 387 yards and two TDs, but his two interceptions set up Oklahoma TDs, and his fumble, returned for a score in the final minute, sealed `Bama's first two-game skid since its Sugar Bowl loss to Utah in January 2009.

The Sugar Bowl's 80th edition marked the first in which both quarterbacks passed for 300-plus yards.

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