1987 Oklahoma Sooners football team

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1987 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big 8 Champions
Orange Bowl, L 20–14 vs. Miami
Conference Big 8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #3
AP #3
1987 record 11–1 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coach Barry Switzer (15th year)
Offensive coordinator Jim Donnan (3rd year)
Defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs (7th year)
Captain
Home stadium Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 75,004)
Seasons
« 1986 1988 »
1987 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Oklahoma 7 0 0     11 1 0
#6 Nebraska 6 1 0     10 2 0
#11 Oklahoma State 5 2 0     10 2 0
Colorado 4 3 0     7 4 0
Missouri 3 4 0     5 6 0
Iowa State 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas 0 6 1     1 9 1
Kansas State 0 6 1     0 10 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the college football 1987 NCAA Division IA 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 the Conference title outright under head coach Barry Switzer who took the helm in 1973.[2][3] This was Switzer's twelfth conference title, fourth consecutive conference title and eighth undefeated conference record in fifteen seasons.[2]

The team was led by All-Americans Rickey Dixon (who won the Jim Thorpe Award,[4] Mark Hutson,[5] Keith Jackson,[6] Danté Jones,[7] and Darrell Reed[8] After going undefeated in its eleven regular season games, it earned a trip to the Orange Bowl for an appearance against the Miami Hurricanes.[3] During the season, it faced three ranked opponents (In order, #12 Oklahoma State, #1 Nebraska, and #2 Miami). Both of its last two games were #1 vs. #2 matches with the last being a national title game in which it endured its only loss to the resulting national champion Hurricanes.[3] The game marked the third Miami victory over Oklahoma in three seasons to former Switzer assistant coach Jimmy Johnson.[9]

Jamelle Holieway led the team in rushing for the second season with 807 yards and in passing for the third of four times with 548 yards, Jackson led the team in receiving for the third straight season with 403 yards, Placekicker R.D. Lashar led the team in scoring with 91 points, Reed posted 8 quarterback sacks, Jones led the team with 125 tackles and Dixon posted 9 interceptions.[10] The defense set a school record that would only be eclipsed by the 1986 team when it allowed only 2.2 yards per rush over the course of the season.[11] Dixon established the current school record total of 9 single-season interceptions. He set the school record for single-season interception return yards with 232 that season and the career record with 303, which was broken by Derrick Strait in 2003.[12]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 1:30 PM North Texas* #1 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 69–14   75,004[13]
September 12 1:30 PM North Carolina* #1 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 28–0   75,004[13]
September 26 1:30 PM at Tulsa* #1 Skelly StadiumTulsa, OK W 65–0   47,350[13]
October 3 1:30 PM at Iowa State #1 Cyclone StadiumAmes, IA W 56–3   36,050[13]
October 10 1:45 PM vs. Texas* #1 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Shootout) CBS W 44–9   75,587[13]
October 17 1:10 PM at Kansas State #1 KSU StadiumManhattan, KS W 59–10   27,200[13]
October 24 6:30 PM Colorado #1 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK ESPN W 24–6   75,004[13]
October 31 1:00 PM at Kansas #1 Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS W 71–10   23,500[13]
November 7 1:00 PM #12 Oklahoma State #1 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Bedlam Series) W 29–10   75,004[13]
November 14 1:30 PM Missouri #1 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 17–13   75,004[13]
November 21 2:30 PM at #1 Nebraska #2 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (OU-Nebraska) CBS W 17–7   76,663[13]
January 1 7:00 PM vs. #2 Miami (FL) #1 Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl) NBC L 14–20   74,760[13]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Game notes[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
North Carolina 0 0 0 0 0
• Oklahoma 0 21 7 0 28

Jamelle Holieway 25 Rush, 170 Yds

[14]


Texas[edit]

#1 Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns
1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Oklahoma 0 13 21 10 44
Texas 3 3 0 3 9

[15]


Kansas State[edit]

#1 Oklahoma Sooners at Kansas State Wildcats
1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Oklahoma 14 17 14 14 59
Kansas State 3 7 0 0 10

[16]


Colorado[edit]

Colorado Buffaloes at #1 Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 0 6 0 0 6
#1 Oklahoma 10 0 7 7 24

[17]


Oklahoma State[edit]

#12 Oklahoma State Cowboys at #1 Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Oklahoma State 3 0 0 7 10
#1 Oklahoma 10 0 6 13 29

[18]


Nebraska[edit]

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

[19]

Awards and honors[edit]

Notes[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 "1987 Football Season". SoonerStats.com. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "All-American: Rickey Dixon". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "All-American: Mark Hutson". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "All-American: Keith Jackson". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "All-American: Danté Jones". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "All-American: Darrell Reed". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ Moran, Malcolm (January 2, 1988). "Orange Bowl; Hurricanes Overwhelm the Sooners to Claim No. 1". The New York Times. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  10. ^ "2009 Football Record Book". Big12sports.com. p. 175. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  11. ^ "2009 Football Record Book". Big12sports.com. p. 166. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  12. ^ "2009 Football Record Book". Big12sports.com. p. 177. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l http://www.soonerstats.com/football/seasons/schedule.cfm?seasonid=1987
  14. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 13.
  15. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 11.
  16. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 18.
  17. ^ Gainesville Sun. October 25, 1987
  18. ^ Gainesville Sun. November 8, 1987
  19. ^ Gainesville Sun. November 22, 1987

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