1978 Oklahoma Sooners football team

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1978 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big Eight co-champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 31–24 vs. Nebraska
Conference Big 8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 3
AP No. 3
1978 record 11–1 (6–1 Big 8)
Head coach Barry Switzer (6th season)
Offensive coordinator Galen Hall (6th season)
Offensive scheme Wishbone
Defensive coordinator Rex Norris (1st season)
Base defense 5–2
Home stadium Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 71,187)
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Oklahoma + 6 1 0     11 1 0
No. 8 Nebraska + 6 1 0     9 3 0
Iowa State 4 3 0     8 4 0
No. 15 Missouri 4 3 0     8 4 0
Kansas State 3 4 0     4 7 0
Oklahoma State 3 4 0     3 8 0
Colorado 2 5 0     6 5 0
Kansas 0 7 0     1 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the college football 1978 NCAA Division I-A season. Oklahoma Sooners football participated in the former Big Eight Conference at that time and played its home games in Oklahoma Memorial Stadium where it has played its home games since 1923.[1] The team posted an 11–1 overall record and a 6–1 conference record to earn a share of the conference title under head coach Barry Switzer, this was Switzer's sixth conference title in six seasons since taking the helm in 1973.[2][2][3]

The team was led by All-Americans Billy Sims (who won the Heisman Trophy),[4] Daryl Hunt,[5] Reggie Kinlaw,[6] and Greg Roberts,[7] The Sooners started the season with nine consecutive wins before losing to Nebraska,[3] during the season, OU faced ranked opponents four times (#14 Missouri, #6 Texas, and #4 & #6 Nebraska); four different opponents finished the season ranked. Its only defeat came against Nebraska in their regular season match,[3] the Sooners were able to avenge that loss as an at-large selection to the Orange Bowl against conference co-champions Nebraska, who had claimed the automatic berth by virtue of their victory over OU.[8]

Sims led the nation in scoring with 132 points (based on per game average of 10.9, which includes 120 in 11 games).[9] Sims led the team in rushing with a record-setting 1896 yards, Thomas Lott led the team in passing with 487 yards, Bobby Kimball led the team in receiving with 207 yards, Hunt led the team with 157 tackles and Darrol Ray posted 8 interceptions.[10]

The 5001 yards rushing remain second in Oklahoma football history behind the 1971 team's 5635,[11] the defense set the school's all-time record with 28 interceptions and tied the record of 50 forced turnovers.[12] Daryl Hunt set the school record for career tackles.[13] Billy Sims became the only Sooner to post four 200-yard games in a season.[12] Sims' 1896 yards stood as the Sooner record until Adrian Peterson posted 1925 in 2004.[12]

Billy Sims became the sixth junior to win the Heisman Trophy. Sims was the nation's leading rusher and scorer for 1978, he averaged 160.1 yards and 10.9 points. He set the Big Eight Conference single season rushing record of 1,762 yards on 231 carries for an average of 7.6 yards. Sims was the only back in the nation's top 50 to average 7.0 per carry, and became the first player in Big Eight history to rush for more than 300 yards in three straight games.[14]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 9 at Stanford* No. 4 Stanford StadiumStanford, California W 35–29   58,883[15]
September 16 West Virginia* No. 3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma W 52–10   71,885[15]
September 23 Rice* No. 3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma W 66–7   71,774[15]
September 30 No. 14 Missouri No. 1 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma (Tiger–Sooner Peace Pipe) W 45–23   72,371[15]
October 7 vs. No. 6 Texas* No. 1 Cotton BowlDallas (Red River Shootout) ABC W 31–10   72,032[15]
October 14 at Kansas No. 1 Memorial StadiumLawrence, Kansas W 17–16   44,450[15]
October 21 at Iowa State No. 1 Cyclone StadiumAmes, Iowa W 34–6   49,862[15]
October 28 Kansas State No. 1 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma W 56–19   72,105[15]
November 4 at Colorado No. 1 Folsom FieldBoulder, Colorado W 28–7   52,506[15]
November 11 at No. 4 Nebraska No. 1 Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska (Rivalry) ABC L 14–17   74,657[15]
November 18 Oklahoma State No. 4 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma (Bedlam Series) W 62–7   72,339[15]
January 1 vs. No. 6 Nebraska No. 4 Miami Orange BowlMiami (Orange Bowl) NBC W 31–24   66,365[15]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game summaries[edit]

Stanford[edit]

#4 Oklahoma Sooners at Stanford Cardinals
1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Oklahoma 14 14 0 7 35
Stanford 7 3 10 9 29

Texas (Red River Shootout)[edit]

#1 Oklahoma Sooners vs. #6 Texas Longhorns
1 2 3 4 Total
#6 Texas 0 3 7 0 10
#1 Oklahoma 7 10 7 7 31
  • Date: Saturday, October 7
  • Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
  • Game attendance: 72,032
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Television network: ABC

Statistics

  • OU: Billy Sims 25 Rush, 131 Yds (Sims had been injured in two previous meetings)

Colorado[edit]

#1 Oklahoma Sooners at Colorado Buffaloes
1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Oklahoma 7 0 14 7 28
Colorado 0 7 0 0 7

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Roster[edit]

1978 Oklahoma Sooners football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
HB 43 Anderson, Vickey RayVickey Ray Anderson Sr
G 75 Crouch, TerryTerry Crouch Fr
SE 21 Kimball, BobbyBobby Kimball Sr
FB 30 King, KennyKenny King Sr
QB 6 Lott, ThomasThomas Lott Sr
HB 11 Nixon, FredFred Nixon Jr
HB 22 Overstreet, DavidDavid Overstreet So
WR 24 Rhodes, SteveSteve Rhodes Jr
OG 65 Roberts, GregGreg Roberts Sr
HB 34 Rogers, JimmyJimmy Rogers Sr
HB 20 Sims, BillyBilly Sims So
C 73 Tabor, PaulPaul Tabor Jr
OL 61 Ward, JeffJeff Ward Sr
QB 1 Watts, J. C.J. C. Watts Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 28 Cumby, GeorgeGeorge Cumby Jr
DE 72 Goodman, JohnJohn Goodman Jr
DE 90 Griffis, RustyRusty Griffis Sr
DB 33 Hebert, BudBud Hebert Sr
LB 85 Hunt, DarylDaryl Hunt Sr
DT 62 Kinlaw, ReggieReggie Kinlaw Sr
DE 83 Joyce, MikeMike Joyce Jr
DE 58 Mathis, ReggieReggie Mathis Sr
DB 3 Ray, DarrolDarrol Ray Jr
DL 74 Tabor, PhilPhil Tabor Sr
DT 96 Turner, RichardRichard Turner So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 10 von Schamann, UweUwe von Schamann Sr
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 "1978 Football Season". SoonerStats.com. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d "All-American: Billy Sims". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 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 c d e "All-American: Greg Roberts". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ "OU Stings Nebraska in Big 8 Clash". Orange Bowl Committee. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ "2009 Division I Football Records Book: Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 47. Retrieved July 9, 2010. 
  10. ^ "2009 Football Record Book" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. p. 175. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  11. ^ "2009 Football Record Book" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. p. 165. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b c "2009 Football Record Book" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. p. 166. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  13. ^ "2009 Football Record Book" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. p. 167. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 12, 2004. Retrieved March 26, 2016. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l http://www.soonerstats.com/football/seasons/schedule.cfm?seasonid=1978
  16. ^ "Sims Ignites Oklahoma." Palm Beach Post. November 5, 1978.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 11, 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  18. ^ http://football.about.com/cs/history/a/waltercampaward.htm

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