MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown looked healthy Saturday night, but nothing like the receiver he is.
Brown had uncharacteristic drops that highlighted a zero-catch night in the Orange Bowl. He was targeted five times in OU’s 45-34 loss.
It was likely his last game in a Sooner uniform. The junior is expected to leave early given his first-round NFL Draft projection.
Brown was questionable coming into the contest after suffering a lower-leg injury in the Big 12 Championship game against Texas, but he made it clear in the days leading up to the game that he would play.
He just didn’t pose the same threat as usual Saturday — likely a combination of health and the Alabama defense he was up against.
Brown finished the season with 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns on 75 catches.
He was replaced in the second half by redshirt freshman receiver Charleston Rambo, who had just five catches for 51 yards coming into the game.
Rambo was on the receiving end of a 49-yard touchdown pass with 3:03 left in the third quarter. It was a perfectly-placed ball from Kyler Murray, who was off balance when he released it.