1977 Oklahoma Sooners football team

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1977 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big Eight champion
Orange Bowl, L 6–31 vs. Arkansas
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 6
1977 record10–2 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer (5th season)
Offensive coordinatorGalen Hall (5th season)
Offensive schemeWishbone
Defensive coordinatorLarry Lacewell (8th season)
Base defense5–2
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 71,187)
Seasons
← 1976
1978 →
1977 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 7 Oklahoma $ 7 0 0     10 2 0
Iowa State 5 2 0     8 4 0
No. 12 Nebraska 5 2 0     9 3 0
Colorado 3 3 1     7 3 1
Missouri 3 4 0     4 7 0
Kansas 2 4 1     4 6 1
Oklahoma State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Kansas State 0 7 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1977 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. Oklahoma was a member of the Big Eight Conference and played its home games in Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, where it has played its home games since 1923.[1] The team posted a 10–2 overall record and a 7–0 conference record to earn the Conference title under head coach Barry Switzer who took the helm in 1973.[2][3] This was Switzer's fifth conference title and third undefeated conference record in five seasons.[2]

The team was led by All-Americans George Cumby,[4] Daryl Hunt,[5] Reggie Kinlaw,[6] and Zac Henderson[7] Cumby was named Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year.[4] After winning the conference title outright, it earned a trip to the Orange Bowl where it lost to Arkansas Razorbacks.[3] During the season, it faced five ranked opponents (In order, #4 Ohio State, #5 Texas, #16 Iowa State, #11 Nebraska, and #6 Arkansas). Four of its opponents ended the season ranked. It endured its only regular season defeat in the Red River Shootout against Texas.[3] The Sooners started the season with a four consecutive wins before losing to Texas and then won the next six before their unsuccessful bowl game.[3]

Elvis Peacock led the team in rushing with 812 yards, Dean Blevins led the team in passing with 385 yards, Steve Rhodes led the team in receiving with 272 yards, Uwe von Schamann led the team in scoring with 89 points, Hunt led the team in tackles with 159 tackles and Henderson posted 7 interceptions.[8]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 10Vanderbilt*No. 1W 25–2371,184
September 17Utah*No. 5
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 62–2471,184
September 24at No. 4 Ohio State*No. 3ABCW 29–2888,119
October 1KansasNo. 1
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 24–971,184
October 8vs. No. 5 Texas*No. 2L 6–1372,032
October 15at MissouriNo. 7W 21–1763,774
October 22No. 16 Iowa StateNo. 6
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 35–1671,184
October 29at Kansas StateNo. 4W 42–725,600
November 5at Oklahoma StateNo. 3W 61–2850,088
November 12ColoradoNo. 3
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
ABCW 52–1471,184
November 25No. 11 NebraskadaggerNo. 3
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK (rivalry)
ABCW 38–771,184
January 1, 1978vs. No. 6 ArkansasNo. 2NBCL 6–3160,987
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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Roster[edit]

1977 Oklahoma Sooners football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
HB Vickey Ray Anderson Jr
OL 67 Karl Baldischwiler Sr
QB Dean Blevins
OL 63 Sam Claphan Sr
TE Victor Hicks
QB Jay Jimerson
SE 21 Bobby Kimball Jr
FB 30 Kenny King Jr
QB 6 Thomas Lott Jr
TE 86 Reggie Mathis Sr
HB 4 Elvis Peacock Sr
HB 20 Billy Sims So
C 51 Mike Spencer Sr
OL 61 Jeff Ward Jr
QB 1 J.C. Watts So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 28 George Cumby So
DL 72 John Goodman So
DE 90 Rusty Griffis Jr
S Zac Henderson Sr
DL 70 Dave Hudgens Sr
LB 85 Daryl Hunt Jr
DE 83 Mike Joyce So
DB 3 Darrol Ray So
DL 74 Phil Tabor Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 10 Uwe von Schamann Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Game summaries[edit]

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 234Total
Vanderbilt 5 1008 23
• Oklahoma 0 11014 25

Utah[edit]

1 234Total
Utah 0 1707 24
• Oklahoma 31 10714 62
  • Date: September 17
  • Location: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Game attendance: 71,184

Ohio State[edit]

1 234Total
• Oklahoma 17 309 29
Ohio St 0 14140 28
  • Date: September 24
  • Location: Ohio Stadium
  • Game attendance: 88,119

"The Kick" by Uwe von Schamann

Kansas[edit]

1 234Total
Kansas 0 009 9
• Oklahoma 0 7170 24
  • Date: October 1
  • Location: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Game attendance: 71,184

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Texas[edit]

1 234Total
Oklahoma 3 030 6
• Texas 0 1003 13
  • Date: October 8
  • Location: Cotton Bowl
  • Game attendance: 72,032

Missouri[edit]

1 234Total
• Oklahoma 0 7140 21
Missouri 0 1007 17
  • Date: October 15
  • Location: Faurot Field
  • Game attendance: 63,774

[10]

Iowa State[edit]

1 234Total
Iowa St 9 070 16
• Oklahoma 7 7714 35
  • Date: October 22
  • Location: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Game attendance: 71,184

Kansas State[edit]

1 234Total
• Oklahoma 14 7147 42
Kansas St 0 007 7
  • Date: October 29
  • Location: KSU Stadium
  • Game attendance: 25,600

Oklahoma State[edit]

1 234Total
• Oklahoma 10 112416 61
Oklahoma St 14 0140 28
  • Date: November 5
  • Location: Lewis Field
  • Game attendance: 50,088

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Colorado[edit]

Colorado at #3 Oklahoma
1 234Total
Colorado 0 707 14
• Oklahoma 14 21107 52

[12]

Nebraska[edit]

1 234Total
Nebraska 0 700 7
• Oklahoma 0 21314 38
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium

Orange Bowl[edit]

1 234Total
• Arkansas 14 0107 31
Oklahoma 0 006 6

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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 d e "1977 Football Season". SoonerStats.com. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d "All-American: George Cumby". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 23, 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 "All-American: Zac Henderson". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  8. ^ "2009 Football Record Book" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. p. 175. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  9. ^ "Sooners Grind Kansas; Wolverines Chew A&M." Ocala Star-Banner. 1977 Oct 2.
  10. ^ Ocala Star-Banner. 1977 Oct 16. Retrieved 2018-Dec-22.
  11. ^ "Sooners keep control of State and conference, 61-28." Eugene Register-Guard. 1977 Nov 6.
  12. ^ "Sooners run over Colorado and play for the Orange." Eugene Register-Guard. November 13, 1977
  13. ^ "http://game.orangebowl.org/orange-bowl-history/the-history-of-the-orange-bowl/1970s/1978/

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