1976 Orange Bowl
|1976 Orange Bowl|
|Date||January 1, 1976|
|MVP||Steve Davis (Oklahoma QB) and Lee Roy Selmon (Oklahoma DT)|
|Referee||R. Pete Williams (SEC)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Jim Simpson, John Brodie|
The 1976 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1976. The Oklahoma Sooners, champions of the Big Eight Conference, defeated the Michigan Wolverines, second-place finishers in the Big Ten Conference, 14–6. This was the first meeting between these two teams.
This was the sixth and final Orange Bowl played on artificial turf. Poly-Turf, similar to AstroTurf, was installed before the 1970 season and lasted six seasons. It was removed in early 1976, following Super Bowl X, and replaced with natural grass.
The Sooners were co-champion in the Big Eight Conference to Nebraska. Oklahoma started the season with 8 straight victories before a loss to Kansas made them fall from #2 to #6. They rose back up to #3 after two straight wins over Missouri and Nebraska.
- Oklahoma - Billy Brooks, 39-yard run (Tony DiRienzo kick)
- No score
- No score
- Oklahoma - Steve Davis, 9-yard run (Tony DiRienzo kick)
- Michigan - Gordon Bell, 2-yard run (Rick Leach run failed)