1977 Oklahoma Sooners football team

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1977 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big Eight champion
Orange Bowl, L 6–31 vs. Arkansas
Conference Big 8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 7
AP No. 6
1977 record 10–2 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coach Barry Switzer (5th season)
Offensive coordinator Galen Hall (5th season)
Offensive scheme Wishbone
Defensive coordinator Larry Lacewell (8th season)
Base defense 5–2
Home stadium Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 71,187)
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →
1977 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 7 Oklahoma $ 7 0 0     10 2 0
Iowa State 5 2 0     8 4 0
No. 12 Nebraska 5 2 0     9 3 0
Colorado 3 3 1     7 3 1
Missouri 3 4 0     4 7 0
Kansas 2 4 1     4 6 1
Oklahoma State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Kansas State 0 7 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1977 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. Oklahoma was a member of the Big Eight Conference and played its home games in 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 under head coach Barry Switzer who took the helm in 1973.[2][3] This was Switzer's fifth conference title and third undefeated conference record in five seasons.[2]

The team was led by All-Americans George Cumby,[4] Daryl Hunt,[5] Reggie Kinlaw,[6] and Zac Henderson[7] Cumby was named Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year.[4] After winning the conference title outright, it earned a trip to the Orange Bowl where it lost to Arkansas Razorbacks.[3] During the season, it faced five ranked opponents (In order, #4 Ohio State, #5 Texas, #16 Iowa State, #11 Nebraska, and #6 Arkansas). Four of its opponents ended the season ranked. It endured its only regular season defeat in the Red River Shootout against Texas.[3] The Sooners started the season with a four consecutive wins before losing to Texas and then won the next six before their unsuccessful bowl game.[3]

Elvis Peacock led the team in rushing with 812 yards, Dean Blevins led the team in passing with 385 yards, Steve Rhodes led the team in receiving with 272 yards, Uwe von Schamann led the team in scoring with 89 points, Hunt led the team in tackles with 159 tackles and Henderson posted 7 interceptions.[8]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 10 Vanderbilt* No. 1 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, Oklahoma W 25–23   71,184
September 17 Utah* No. 5 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma W 62–24   71,184
September 24 at No. 4 Ohio State* No. 3 Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio ABC W 29–28   88,119
October 1 Kansas No. 1 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma W 24–9   71,184
October 8 vs. No. 5 Texas* No. 2 Cotton BowlDallas (Red River Shootout) L 13–6   72,032
October 15 at Missouri No. 7 Faurot FieldColumbia, Missouri (Tiger–Sooner Peace Pipe) W 21–17   63,774
October 22 No. 16 Iowa State No. 6 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma W 35–16   71,184
October 29 at Kansas State No. 4 KSU StadiumManhattan, Kansas W 42–7   25,600
November 5 at Oklahoma State No. 3 Lewis FieldStillwater, Oklahoma (Bedlam Series) W 61–28   50,088
November 12 Colorado No. 3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma ABC W 52–14   71,184
November 25 No. 11 Nebraskadagger No. 3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma (Rivalry) ABC W 38–7   71,184
January 1 vs. No. 6 Arkansas No. 2 Miami Orange BowlMiami (Orange Bowl) NBC L 31–6   60,987
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Game summaries[edit]

Kansas[edit]

1 234Total
Kansas 0 009 9
• Oklahoma 0 7170 24

[9]

Colorado[edit]

Colorado Buffaloes at #3 Oklahoma Sooners
1 234Total
Colorado 0 707 14
#3 Oklahoma 14 21107 52

[10]

Oklahoma State[edit]

1 234Total
• Oklahoma 10 112416 61
Oklahoma St 14 0140 28

[11]

Arkansas[edit]

1978 Orange Bowl
1 234Total
• Arkansas 14 0107 31
Oklahoma 0 006 6

[12]

Roster[edit]

1977 Oklahoma Sooners football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
HB Vickey Ray Anderson Jr
OL 67 Karl Baldischwiler Sr
OL 63 Sam Claphan Sr
SE 21 Bobby Kimball Jr
FB 30 Kenny King Jr
QB 6 Thomas Lott Jr
TE 86 Reggie Mathis Sr
HB 4 Elvis Peacock Sr
HB 20 Billy Sims So
C 51 Mike Spencer Sr
OL 61 Jeff Ward Jr
QB 1 J. C. Watts So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 28 George Cumby So
DL 72 John Goodman So
DE 90 Rusty Griffis Jr
DL 70 Dave Hudgens Sr
LB 85 Daryl Hunt Jr
DE 83 Mike Joyce So
DB 3 Darrol Ray So
DL 74 Phil Tabor Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 10 Uwe von Schamann Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Memorial Stadium". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 28, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "OU Football Tradition – 42 Conference Titles". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 22, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "1977 Football Season". SoonerStats.com. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d "All-American: George Cumby". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 23, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "All-American: Daryl Hunt". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "All-American: Reggie Kinlaw". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "All-American: Zac Henderson". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2009 Football Record Book" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. p. 175. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Sooners Grind Kansas; Wolverines Chew A&M." Ocala Star-Banner. 1977 Oct 2.
  10. ^ "Sooners run over Colorado and play for the Orange." Eugene Register-Guard. November 13, 1977
  11. ^ "Sooners keep control of State and conference, 61-28." Eugene Register-Guard. 1977 Nov 6.
  12. ^ "http://game.orangebowl.org/orange-bowl-history/the-history-of-the-orange-bowl/1970s/1978/

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