1981 Oklahoma Sooners football team

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1981 Oklahoma Sooners football
Sun Bowl Champions
Sun Bowl, W 40–14 vs. Houston
Conference Big Eight Conference
Ranking
Coaches #14
AP #20
1981 record 7–4–1 (4–2–1 Big 8)
Head coach Barry Switzer (9th year)
Offensive coordinator Galen Hall (9th year)
Offensive scheme Wishbone
Defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs (1st year)
Home stadium Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 75,008)
Seasons
« 1980 1982 »
1981 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 Nebraska 7 0 0     9 3 0
#20 Oklahoma 4 2 1     7 4 1
Kansas 4 3 0     7 5 0
Oklahoma State 4 3 0     7 5 0
#19 Missouri 3 4 0     8 4 0
Iowa State 2 4 1     5 5 1
Colorado 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas State 1 6 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and competed as members of the Big Eight Conference. They were coached by head coach Barry Switzer. The Sooners defeated the Houston Cougars 40–14 to win the 1981 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12 Wyoming* #3 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 37–20   75,920
September 26 at #1 USC* #2 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC L 24–28   85,651
October 3 #20 Iowa State #5 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK T 7–7   76,385
October 10 vs. #3 Texas* #10 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Shootout) ABC L 14–34   75,587
October 17 Kansas Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 45–7   75,644
October 24 Oregon State* Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 42–3   75,658
October 31 Colorado #19 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 49–0   75,638
November 7 at Kansas State #17 KSU StadiumManhattan, KS W 28–21   33,200
November 14 at Missouri #15 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO (Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe) L 14–19   67,364
November 21 #5 Nebraska Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Rivlary) ESPN L 14–37   75,833
November 28 at Oklahoma State Lewis FieldStillwater, OK (Bedlam Series) KTUL-Local W 27–3   51,100
December 26 vs. Houston* Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) CBS W 40–14   33,816
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Game notes[edit]

Oklahoma State (Bedlam Series)[edit]

Fullback Fred Sims scored three short-yardage touchdowns to lead Oklahoma to a 27-3 win over their instate rivals in a steady drizzle. Sims, who carried 23 times for 66 yards, scored on runs of two and five yards in the second quarter and a one-run in the third. [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seasons: 1980s
  2. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1981 Nov 29.