1987 Orange Bowl

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1987 Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Arkansas 0008 8
Oklahoma 0141414 42
DateJanuary 1, 1987
StadiumMiami Orange Bowl
LocationMiami, Florida
MVPHB Spencer Tillman
LB Dante Jones
RefereePaul Schmitt (Independent)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersDon Criqui, Bob Trumpy and Paul Maguire
Orange Bowl
 < 1986  1988

The 1987 Orange Bowl was a postseason college football bowl game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Arkansas Razorbacks.


Oklahoma was champion of the Big Eight Conference for the third straight time and in the Orange Bowl for the third straight time. Only a loss to Miami early in the season cost them a shot at a second straight title. Oklahoma defensive standout Brian Bosworth was suspended for this game due to him testing positive for steroids. This was Arkansas' first Orange Bowl appearance since 1978.

Game summary[edit]

Spencer Tillman gave Oklahoma a quick 14-0 lead in the second quarter with two touchdown runs, the latter occurring after an Arkansas turnover. Quarterback Jamelle Holieway added his own two touchdown runs to make it 28-0 after three quarters. Arkansas had five interceptions on the day, as Duncan Parham and Anthony Stafford added two touchdown runs of their own to make it 42-0 for Oklahoma. With less than 25 seconds left, Arkansas scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to avoid a shutout. [1]


While on the sidelines, Bosworth displayed a shirt referring to the NCAA as "National Communists Against Athletes". After this game, he was dismissed from the team, and he went to declare for the Supplemental Draft. Arkansas hasn't returned to the Orange Bowl since this game. Oklahoma returned to the Orange Bowl the following year.


Statistics Oklahoma Arkansas
First Downs 11 17
Yards Rushing 366 48
Yards Passing 47 192
Total Yards 413 240
Punts-Average 5-47.6 9-41.1
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 2-0
Interceptions 0 5
Penalties-Yards 4-40 3-25