1985 Orange Bowl

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1985 Orange Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Washington 14 0 0 14 28
Oklahoma 0 14 0 3 17
Date January 1, 1985
Season 1984
Stadium Miami Orange Bowl
Location Miami, Florida
MVP TB Jacque Robinson
DT Ron Holmes
Attendance 56,294
United States TV coverage
Network NBC
Announcers Don Criqui
Bob Trumpy
Bill Macatee
Orange Bowl
 < 1984  1986

The 1985 Orange Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Washington Huskies and the Oklahoma Sooners.


The Sooners won the Big 8 Conference title for the ninth time in the last 12 seasons and were making their sixth Orange Bowl appearance in seven years. The Huskies had risen back from a late season loss to USC that knocked them out of the #1 spot in the polls, dropping them to #4, which cost them the Pacific-10 Conference title and a berth to the Rose Bowl as the Pac-10 representative. This was the Huskies' first ever Orange Bowl appearance and the first appearance by a Pac-10 team in the Orange Bowl.

Game summary[edit]

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. Danny Bradley cut the lead to 7 on his touchdown sneak. 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. [1]

The Sooner Schooner Game[edit]

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. However, 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 at 14.[2][3]


This remains Washington's only Orange Bowl appearance. Oklahoma made the Orange Bowl in the three seasons following this game.


Statistics Washington Oklahoma
First Downs 17 17
Rushing Yards 192 162
Passing Yards 119 124
Total Yards 311 286
Interceptions 3 1
Punts-Average 6-37.7 7-34.6
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 6-2
Penalties-Yards 5-25 8-60