1979 Oklahoma Sooners football team

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1979 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big 8 Champions
Conference Big 8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #3
AP #3
1979 record 11–1 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coach Barry Switzer (7th year)
Offensive coordinator Galen Hall (7th year)
Offensive scheme Wishbone
Defensive coordinator Rex Norris (2nd year)
Base defense 5-2
Home stadium Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 71,187)
Seasons
« 1978 1980 »
1979 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Oklahoma 7 0 0     11 1 0
#9 Nebraska 6 1 0     10 2 0
Oklahoma State 5 2 0     7 4 0
Missouri 3 4 0     7 5 0
Colorado 2 5 0     3 8 0
Iowa State 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas State 1 6 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the college football 1979 NCAA Division I-A season. Oklahoma Sooners football participated in the former Big Eight Conference at that time and 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 earn the Conference title outright under head coach Barry Switzer who took the helm in 1973.[2][3] This was Switzer's seventh conference title and fourth undefeated conference record in seven seasons.[2]

The team was led by All-Americans Billy Sims and George Cumby.[4][5] After winning the conference title outright, it earned a trip to the Orange Bowl for a bout with Florida State. During the season, it faced three different ranked opponents (In order, #4 Texas, #3 Nebraska and #4 Florida State). All three of these opponents finished the season ranked. It endured its only defeat of the season against Texas in the Red River Shootout.[3] The Sooners started the season with a four consecutive wins before losing to Texas and then won their remaining seven games.[3] Sims and J.C. Watts both posted for 100-yard games in the Orange Bowl.[6]

Sims led the nation in scoring with 138 points (based on per game average of 12.0, which includes 132 in 11 games).[7] Sims led the team in rushing with 1670 yards, Watts led the team in passing with 821 yards, Freddie Nixon led the team in receiving with 293 yards, Cumby led the team with 160 tackles and Bud Hebert posted 4 interceptions.[8] Billy Sims set numerous Oklahoma offensive records that still stand including career rushing yards, career 200-yard games, single-season rushing touchdowns (tied)[9]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15 Iowa* #3 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 21–6   72,531[10]
September 22 Tulsa* #3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 49–13   72,451[10]
September 29 at Rice* #3 Rice StadiumHouston, TX W 66–7   30,442[10]
October 6 Colorado #3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 49–24   72,512[10]
October 13 vs. #4 Texas* #3 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Shootout) ABC L 7–16   72,032[10]
October 20 at Kansas State #8 KSU StadiumManhattan, KS W 38–6   27,257[10]
October 27 Iowa State #7 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 38–9   72,069[10]
November 3 at Oklahoma State #7 Lewis FieldStillwater, OK (Bedlam Series) W 38–7   51,453[10]
November 10 Kansas #6 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 38–0   71,882[10]
November 17 at Missouri #7 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO (Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe) W 24–22   69,973[10]
November 24 #3 Nebraska #8 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Rivalry) ABC W 17–14   72,516[10]
January 1 vs. #4 Florida State #5 Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC W 24–7   66,714[10]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Game notes[edit]

Iowa[edit]

Iowa Hawkeyes at #3 Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 6 0 0 0 6
#3 Oklahoma 0 7 0 14 21

[11]


Colorado[edit]

Colorado Buffaloes at #3 Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 7 0 3 14 24
#3 Oklahoma 7 28 7 7 49

[12]

Oklahoma faced its former coach Chuck Fairbanks for the first time since his departure following the 1972 season.


Oklahoma State (Bedlam Series)[edit]

#7 Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma State Cowboys
1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Oklahoma 24 7 7 0 38
Oklahoma State 0 0 0 7 7

[13]


Nebraska[edit]

#3 Nebraska Cornhuskers at #8 Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Nebraska 0 7 0 7 14
#8 Oklahoma 0 3 7 7 17

[14]


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 "1979 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 c "All-American: George Cumby". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 23, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Sooners Spoil Seminole Uprising". Orange Bowl Committee. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ "2009 Division I Football Records Book: Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 47. Retrieved July 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ "2009 Football Record Book". Big 12 Conference. p. 175. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  9. ^ "2009 Football Record Book". Big 12 Conference. p. 166. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l http://www.soonerstats.com/football/seasons/schedule.cfm?seasonid=1979
  11. ^ "Sluggish Oklahoma Downs Iowa." September 16, 1979
  12. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1979 October 7.
  13. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1979 Nov 4.
  14. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1979 Nov 25.

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