1938 Oklahoma Sooners football team

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1938 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big Six champion
Orange Bowl, L 0–17 vs. Tennessee
Conference Big Six Conference
Ranking
AP No. 4
1938 record 10–1 (5–0 Big 6)
Head coach Tom Stidham (2nd season)
Home stadium Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 32,000)
Seasons
← 1937
1939 →
1938 Big 6 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Oklahoma $ 5 0 0     10 1 0
Iowa State 3 1 1     7 1 1
Missouri 2 3 0     6 3 0
Nebraska 2 3 0     3 5 1
Kansas State 1 3 1     4 4 1
Kansas 1 4 0     3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1938 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1938 college football season. In their second year under head coach Tom Stidham, the Sooners compiled a 10–1 record (5–0 against conference opponents), won the school's first Big Six Conference football championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 185 to 29. The team's only loss came in the 1939 Orange Bowl, losing to Tennessee by a 17 to 0 score.[1][2]

End Waddy Young (Walter R. Young) received All-America honors in 1938,[3] and six Sooners received all-conference honors: Young, guards Jerry Bolton and Ralph Stevenson, backs Earl Crowder and Hugh McCullough, and tackle Gilford Duggan.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
October 1 at Rice* Rice FieldHouston, TX W 7–6   18,000
October 8 vs. Texas* Fair ParkDallas, TX (Red River Shootout) W 13–0   -
October 15 at Kansas Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS W 19–0   -
October 22 Nebraska No. 14 Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 14–0   28,091
October 29 Tulsa No. 10 Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 28–6   17,000
November 5 Kansas State No. 11 Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 26–0   -
November 12 Missouri No. 10 Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 21–0   -
November 19 at Iowa State No. 7 Clyde Williams StadiumAmes, IA W 10–0   17,864
November 24 at Oklahoma A&M* No. 6 Lewis FieldStillwater, OK (Bedlam) W 19–0   -
December 3 at Washington State* No. 5 Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 28–0   15,529
January 2 vs. No. 2 Tennessee* No. 4 Burdine StadiumMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) L 0–17   32,191
*Non-conference game.

Source:DeLassus, David. "Oklahoma Yearly Results 1935–1939". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 

NFL Draft[edit]

The following players were drafted into the National Football League following the season.[5]

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Waddy Young End 3 20 Brooklyn Dodgers
Hugh McCullough Back 4 26 Pittsburgh Pirates
Earl Crowder Quarterback 10 82 Chicago Cardinals
Jim Thomas Guard 12 102 Chicago Cardinals
Cliff Duggan Tackle 15 140 New York Giants

Rankings[edit]

The first AP Poll for 1938 came out on October 17, the Sooners were ranked fourteenth in the first poll. They finished the year ranked fourth.

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Final
AP 14 10 11 10 (1) 7 (1) 6 5 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oklahoma Yearly Results (1935-1939)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1938 Oklahoma Sooners Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ "2014 Oklahoma Football Records Supplement" (PDF). University of Oklahoma. 2014. p. 90. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2014 Oklahoma Football Records Supplement" (PDF). University of Oklahoma. 2014. p. 95. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1939.htm