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1987 Oklahoma Sooners Football Team

1987 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big Eight champion
Orange Bowl, L 14-20 vs. Miami (FL)
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
1987 record11-1 (7-0 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer (15th season)
Offensive coordinatorJim Donnan (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorGary Gibbs (7th season)
Captain
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 75,004)
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Oklahoma $ 7 0 0     11 1 0
No. 6 Nebraska 6 1 0     10 2 0
No. 11 Oklahoma State 5 2 0     10 2 0
Colorado 4 3 0     7 4 0
Missouri 3 4 0     5 6 0
Iowa State 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas 0 6 1     1 9 1
Kansas State 0 6 1     0 10 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. Oklahoma was a member of the Big Eight Conference played its home games in Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, where it has played its home games since 1923.[1] The team posted an 11–1 overall record and a 7–0 conference record to the Conference title outright under head coach Barry Switzer who took the helm in 1973.[2][3] This was Switzer's twelfth conference title, fourth consecutive conference title and eighth undefeated conference record in fifteen seasons.[2]

The team was led by All-Americans Rickey Dixon (who won the Jim Thorpe Award),[4]Mark Hutson,[5]Keith Jackson,[6]Danté Jones,[7] and Darrell Reed[8] After going undefeated in its eleven regular season games, it earned a trip to the Orange Bowl for an appearance against the Miami Hurricanes.[3] During the season, it faced three ranked opponents (In order, #12 Oklahoma State, #1 Nebraska, and #2 Miami). Both of its last two games were #1 vs. #2 matches with the last being a national title game in which it endured its only loss to the resulting national champion Hurricanes.[3] The game marked the third Miami victory over Oklahoma in three seasons to former Switzer assistant coach Jimmy Johnson.[9]

Jamelle Holieway led the team in rushing for the second season with 807 yards and in passing for the third of four times with 548 yards, Jackson led the team in receiving for the third straight season with 403 yards, Placekicker R. D. Lashar led the team in scoring with 91 points, Reed posted 8 quarterback sacks, Jones led the team with 125 tackles and Dixon posted 9 interceptions.[10] Dixon established the current school record total of 9 single-season interceptions. He set the school record for single-season interception return yards with 232 that season and the career record with 303, which was broken by Derrick Strait in 2003.[11]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 51:30 p.m.North Texas*No. 1W 69-1475,004[12]
September 121:30 p.m.North Carolina*No. 1
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 28-075,004[12]
September 261:30 p.m.at Tulsa*No. 1W 65-047,350[12]
October 31:30 p.m.at Iowa StateNo. 1PPVW 56-336,050[12]
October 101:45 p.m.vs. Texas*No. 1CBSW 44-975,587[12]
October 171:10 p.m.at Kansas StateNo. 1W 59-1027,200[12]
October 246:30 p.m.ColoradoNo. 1
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
ESPNW 24-675,004[12]
October 311:00 p.m.at KansasNo. 1W 71-1023,500[12]
November 71:00 p.m.No. 12 Oklahoma StateNo. 1
W 29-1075,004[12]
November 141:30 p.m.MissouriNo. 1
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK (rivalry)
PPVW 17-1375,004[12]
November 212:30 p.m.at No. 1 NebraskaNo. 2CBSW 17-776,663[12]
January 1, 19887:00 p.m.vs. No. 2 Miami (FL)No. 1NBCL 14-2074,760[12]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster

Game summaries

North Texas

North Carolina

1 234Total
North Carolina 0 000 0
• Oklahoma 0 2170 28

Jamelle Holieway 25 Rush, 170 Yds

[13]

Tulsa

Iowa State

Texas

#1 Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns
1 234Total
#1 Oklahoma 0 132110 44
Texas 3 303 9

[14]

Kansas State

#1 Oklahoma Sooners at Kansas State Wildcats
1 234Total
#1 Oklahoma 14 171414 59
Kansas State 3 700 10

[15]

Colorado

Colorado Buffaloes at #1 Oklahoma Sooners
1 234Total
Colorado 0 600 6
#1 Oklahoma 10 077 24

[16]

Kansas

Oklahoma State

Missouri

1 2 3 4 Total
Missouri 0 3 7 3 13
Oklahoma 3 7 7 0 17

[18]

Overall record Last meeting Result
50-22-5 1986 W 77-0

Nebraska

Overall record Last meeting Result
38-27-3 1986 W 20-17

"Game of the Century II"
The Bow - Patrick Collins

Orange Bowl

Overall record Last meeting Result
2-2 1986 L 16-28

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 "1987 Football Season". SoonerStats.com. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "All-American: Rickey Dixon". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ a b "All-American: Mark Hutson". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ a b "All-American: Keith Jackson". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ a b "All-American: Danté Jones". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ a b "All-American: Darrell Reed". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ Moran, Malcolm (January 2, 1988). "Orange Bowl; Hurricanes Overwhelm the Sooners to Claim No. 1". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ "2009 Football Record Book" (PDF). Big12sports.com. p. 175. Retrieved 2010.
  11. ^ "2009 Football Record Book" (PDF). Big12sports.com. p. 177. Retrieved 2010.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l http://www.soonerstats.com/football/seasons/schedule.cfm?seasonid=1987
  13. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 13.
  14. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 11.
  15. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 18.
  16. ^ Gainesville Sun. October 25, 1987
  17. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 08. Retrieved 2019-Apr-13.
  18. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 15. Retrieved 2019-Jan-06.

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