1980 Oklahoma Sooners Football Team
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1980 Oklahoma Sooners Football Team

1980 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big Eight champion
Orange Bowl champion
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
1980 record10–2 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorGalen Hall (8th season)
Offensive schemeWishbone
Defensive coordinatorRex Norris (3rd season)
CaptainSteve Rhodes
Richard Turner
J.C. Watts
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 75,008)
Seasons
← 1979
1981 →
1980 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Oklahoma $ 7 0 0     10 2 0
No. 7 Nebraska 6 1 0     10 2 0
Missouri 5 2 0     8 4 0
Iowa State 3 4 0     7 4 0
Oklahoma State 3 4 0     4 7 0
Kansas State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Kansas 1 6 0     2 8 1
Colorado 1 6 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season. Oklahoma was a member of the Big Eight Conference and played its home games in Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, where it has played its home games since 1923.[1] The team posted a 10–2 overall record and a 7–0 conference record to earn the Conference title outright under head coach Barry Switzer who took the helm in 1973.[2][3] This was Switzer's eighth conference title and fifth undefeated conference record in eight seasons.[2]

The team was led by All-Americans Terry Crouch,[4] and Louis Oubre,[5] After winning the conference title outright, it earned a trip to the Orange Bowl for a rematch with Florida State.[3] During the season, it faced four ranked opponents (In order, #3 Texas, #6 North Carolina, #4 Nebraska and #2 Florida State). The last three of these opponents finished the season ranked. It endured two early season losses against Stanford and Texas in the Red River Shootout.[3] The Sooners finished the season with an eight consecutive wins.[3]

David Overstreet led the team in rushing with 720 yards, J.C. Watts led the team in passing with 1037 yards, Bobby Grayson led the team in receiving with 389 yards, Watts led the team in scoring with 108 points, Mike Coats led the team with 126 tackles and Gary Lowell posted 4 interceptions.[6] The team set the current school records of 82 points and 875 total yards against Colorado.[7]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 1312:30 p.m.Kentucky*No. 4W 29-775,668[8]
September 271:30 p.m.Stanford*No. 4
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
L 14-3175,811[8]
October 43:00 p.m.at ColoradoNo. 12ESPNW 82-4246,980[8]
October 1111:30 a.m.vs. No. 3 Texas*No. 12ABCL 13-2072,032[8]
October 181:30 p.m.Kansas StateNo. 17
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 35-2174,638[8]
October 251:30 p.m.at Iowa StateNo. 17W 42-750,978[8]
November 11:30 p.m.No. 6 North Carolina*No. 16
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
ESPNW 41-775,738[8]
November 81:30 p.m.at KansasNo. 11W 21-1940,150[8]
November 151:30 p.m.MissouriNo. 10
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK (rivalry)
SNIW 17-775,325[8]
November 2211:30 a.m.at No. 4 NebraskaNo. 9ABCW 21-1774,684[8]
November 291:30 p.m.Oklahoma StateNo. 6
W 63-1475,681[8]
January 1, 19817:00 p.m.vs. No. 2 Florida StateNo. 4NBCW 18-1771,043[8]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster

Game summaries

Kentucky

1 234Total
Kentucky 7 000 7
• Oklahoma 0 0722 29

[9]

at Nebraska

#9 Oklahoma at #4 Nebraska
1 234Total
#9 Oklahoma 0 1407 21
#4 Nebraska 10 007 17

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State Cowboys at #6 Oklahoma Sooners
1 234Total
Oklahoma State 0 770 14
#6 Oklahoma 14 142114 63

[10]

Awards and honors

References

  1. ^ "Memorial Stadium". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 28, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ a b "OU Football Tradition - 42 Conference Titles". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "1980 Football Season". SoonerStats.com. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ a b "All-American: Terry Crouch". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ a b "All-American: Louis Oubre". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ "2009 Football Record Book" (PDF). Big12sports.com. p. 175. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ "2009 Football Record Book" (PDF). Big12sports.com. p. 164. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l http://www.soonerstats.com/football/seasons/schedule.cfm?seasonid=1980
  9. ^ "Oklahoma Sluggish, But Beats Kentucky." Palm Beach Post. 1980 Sept 14.
  10. ^ "Watts Runs Oklahoma Into the Orange Bowl". The Register-Guard. Eugene. November 30, 1980. p. 3B.

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