1985 Orange Bowl
|1985 Orange Bowl|
|Date||January 1, 1985|
Jacque Robinson (TB, UW)|
Ron Holmes (DT, UW)
|Favorite||Oklahoma by 6 points |
|United States TV coverage|
Don Criqui, Bob Trumpy,|
and Bill Macatee
The 1985 Orange Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game played on January 1, 1985, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. It matched the #4 Washington Huskies of the Pacific-10 Conference and the #2 Oklahoma Sooners of the Big Eight Conference.
The Huskies (10–1) had risen back from a loss at USC on November 10 that knocked them from the top spot in both polls to fourth (#3 UPI), and cost them the Pac-10 title and the accompanying berth in the Rose Bowl. This was the first appearance by a Pac-10 team in the Orange Bowl and remains the Huskies' only appearance.
Danny Greene gave the Huskies an early lead on his 29-yard touchdown catch from Paul Sicuro, and Jacque Robinson made it 14–0 after one quarter on his touchdown plunge. Sooner Danny Bradley cut the lead with a touchdown sneak, and Derrick Shepard tied the game before halftime on his 61 yard catch from Bradley for a touchdown.
After a scoreless third quarter, Tim Lashar made it 17–14 on his 35 yard field goal. With 8:39 remaining, Hugh Millen threw a touchdown pass to Mark Pattison to give the Huskies the go-ahead lead. After an interception of a Sooner pass, Washington soon scored again on a touchdown run to make the final score 28–17.
The Sooner Schooner Game
The Sooners were attempting a field goal that would've given them the lead and broken the 14–14 tie early before Lashar's eventual make in the fourth, this from 22 yards out. The field goal was good, and the Sooner Schooner rode out onto the field, as was tradition for Sooner scores. However, the field goal kick was nullified due to an illegal procedure penalty on Oklahoma due to a Sooner player not reporting his temporary jersey number to the officials, which he was required to do before the ball was snapped.
The wagon got stuck on the wet grass, ending up in front of the Huskies' sideline. The Sooners were assessed a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, moving the field goal attempt back to the 32. However Lashar's 42-yard kick was blocked, keeping the game tied at fourteen.
Washington finished second in both final polls; undefeated Brigham Young won the national title after they rallied for a 24–17 victory over unranked Michigan (6–6) in the Holiday Bowl on December 21.
This remains Washington's sole Orange Bowl appearance; Oklahoma returned to the Orange Bowl in the three seasons.
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