1956 Oklahoma Sooners football team

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1956 Oklahoma Sooners football
Consensus national champion
Big Seven champion
Conference Big Seven Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1956 record 10–0 (6–0 Big 7)
Head coach Bud Wilkinson (10th season)
Home stadium Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 55,647)
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →
1956 Big 7 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Oklahoma $ 6 0 0     10 0 0
No. 20 Colorado 4 1 1     8 2 1
Missouri 3 2 1     4 5 1
Nebraska 3 3 0     4 6 0
Kansas 2 4 0     3 6 1
Kansas State 2 4 0     3 7 0
Iowa State 0 6 0     2 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1956 Oklahoma Sooners football team (variously "Oklahoma", "OU", or the "Sooners") represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1956 college football season. It was the 62nd season of play for the Sooners and they repeated as consensus national champions. They were led by hall of fame head coach Bud Wilkinson, in his tenth season. On the field, the Sooners were led on offense by quarterback Jim Harris, and played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma.

After another undefeated season, Oklahoma was first in both final polls in early December.[1] Their winning streak was up to forty games,[2] but they did not play in a bowl game due to the Big Seven's no-repeat rule;[1] runner-up Colorado was invited to and won the Orange Bowl.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 29 North Carolina* No. 1 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, Oklahoma W 36–0   57,559[3]
October 6 Kansas State No. 1 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma W 66–0   39,981[3]
October 13 vs. Texas* No. 1 Cotton BowlDallas (Red River Shootout) NBC W 45–0   75,504[3]
October 20 at Kansas No. 1 Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas W 34–12   30,129[3]
October 27 at Notre Dame* No. 2 Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, Indiana NBC W 40–0   60,128[3]
November 3 at No. 18 Colorado No. 1 Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado W 27–19   46,563[3]
November 10 at Iowa State No. 1 Clyde Williams StadiumAmes, Iowa W 44–0   11,409[3]
November 17 Missouri No. 1 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma W 67–14   57,647[3]
November 24 Nebraska No. 1 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma (Rivalry) W 54–6   50,039[3]
December 1 at Oklahoma A&M* No. 1 Lewis FieldStillwater, Oklahoma (Bedlam Series) W 53–0   36,500[3]
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

Texas[edit]

1 234Total
Texas 0 000 0
• Oklahoma 6 131313 45
  • Date: October 13
  • Location: Cotton Bowl
  • Game attendance: 75,504
  • Game weather: 83°F
  • Television network: NBC

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Awards[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Miller, Norman (December 4, 1956). "Oklahoma voted grid champion in final AP and UP polls". Reading Eagle. (Pennsylvania). United Press. p. 23. 
  2. ^ "Oklahoma wins 40th in a row". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. December 2, 1956. p. 1, sports. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j http://www.soonerstats.com/football/seasons/schedule.cfm?seasonid=1956
  4. ^ [1]. Retrieved 2015-Jul-25.
  5. ^ SoonerSports.com. Retrieved 2015-Jul-25.