OU Football Tradition | Bowl History
Updated January 22, 2014  
OU Bowl Games | Bowl Destinations | Bowl Opponents | Bowl Game MVPs | Bowl Game Recaps
 
Forty-seven bowl appearances and 28 bowl victories have firmly entrenched Oklahoma among the most tradition-rich schools in America. The Sooners have become synonymous with postseason play. OU enjoys favored status among the bowl community, partly for its tradition, but also for its fan following. Regardless of the location, Sooner fans flock to follow a bowl tradition that is as fresh as it is historic.
 
 OU Bowl Quick Facts
 Total Bowl Games  47 - No. 7 Nationally
 Bowl Wins  28 - No. 3 Nationally
 Overall Bowl Record  28-18-1 (.606)
 Longest Win Streak  4 on three occasions (1954-1959, 1972-1976, 1979-1981)
 BCS Bowl Games  9 - No. 2 Nationally
 Most Appearances  18 - Orange Bowl (12-6 Record)
 as Higher-Ranked Team  16-8 (.666) - 24 Games
 as Lower-Ranked Team  11-8 (.579) - 19 Games
 Highest Attendance  87,025 - 2013 Cotton Bowl
 Most Common Opponent  Florida State - 4 games (3-1, OU)
 
All 15 of Bob Stoops' Sooner teams have been to bowl games (1999-2013) including nine BCS and four national championship games. None of Stoops' predecessors took even his first three teams to bowl play.
 
 OU Bowl History
 Date   Score  Bowl  Att.
 01/02/14
W
 (10) Oklahoma 45, (3) Alabama 31  Sugar Bowl  70,473
 01/04/13
L
 (10) Texas A&M 41, (12) Oklahoma 13  Cotton Bowl  87,025
 12/30/11
W
 (19) Oklahoma 31, Iowa 14  Insight Bowl  54,247
 01/01/11
W
 (9) Oklahoma 48, (25) Connecticut 20  Fiesta Bowl (BCS)  67,232
 12/31/09
W
 Oklahoma 31, (19) Stanford 27  Sun Bowl  53,713
 01/08/09
L
 (1) Florida 24, (2) Oklahoma 14  Championship (BCS)  78,468
 01/02/08
L
 (11) West Virginia 48, (3) Oklahoma 28  Fiesta Bowl (BCS)  70,016
 01/01/07
L
 (9) Boise State 43, (7) Oklahoma 42 (OT)  Fiesta Bowl (BCS)  73,719
 12/29/05
W
 Oklahoma 17, (6) Oregon 14  Holiday Bowl  65,416
 01/04/05
L
 (1) USC 55, (2) Oklahoma 19  Orange Bowl (BCS)  77,912
 01/01/04
L
 (2) LSU 21, (3) Oklahoma 14  Sugar Bowl (BCS)  79,342
 01/01/03
W
 (8) Oklahoma 34, (7) Washington State 14  Rose Bowl (BCS)  86,848
 01/01/02
W
 (10) Oklahoma 10, Arkansas 3  Cotton Bowl  72,995
 01/03/01
W
 (1) Oklahoma 13, (3) Florida State 2  Orange Bowl (BCS)  76,835
 12/31/99
L
 Ole Miss 27, Oklahoma 25  Independence Bowl  49,843
 12/29/94
L
 (22) BYU 31, Oklahoma 6  Copper Bowl  45,122
 12/24/93
W
 (19) Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 10  John Hancock Bowl  43,848
 12/29/91
W
 (20) Oklahoma 48, (19) Virginia 14  Gator Bowl  62,003
 01/02/89
L
 (13) Clemson 13, (10) Oklahoma 6  Citrus Bowl  53,571
 01/01/88
L
 (2) Miami 20, (1) Oklahoma 14  Orange Bowl  74,760
 01/01/87
W
 (3) Oklahoma 42, (9) Arkansas 8  Orange Bowl  57,291
 01/01/86
W
 (3) Oklahoma 25, (1) Penn State 10  Orange Bowl  74,178
 01/01/85
L
 (4) Washington 28, (2) Oklahoma 17  Orange Bowl  56,294
 01/01/83
L
 (11) Arizona State 32, (12) Oklahoma 21  Fiesta Bowl  70,553
 12/26/81
W
 Oklahoma 40, Houston 14  Sun Bowl  33,816
 01/01/81
W
 (4) Oklahoma 18, (2) Florida State 17  Orange Bowl  71,043
 01/01/80
W
 (5) Oklahoma 24, (4) Florida State 7  Orange Bowl  66,714
 01/01/79
W
 (4) Oklahoma 31, (6) Nebraska 24  Orange Bowl  66,635
 01/01/78
L
 (6) Arkansas 31, (2) Oklahoma 6  Orange Bowl  69,500
 12/25/76
W
 (8) Oklahoma 41, Wyoming 7  Fiesta Bowl  46,315
 01/01/76
W
 (3) Oklahoma 14, (5) Michigan 6  Orange Bowl  80,307
 12/31/72
W
 (2) Oklahoma 14, (5) Penn State 0  Sugar Bowl  72,316
 01/01/72
W
 (3) Oklahoma 40, (5) Auburn 22  Sugar Bowl  84,031
 12/31/70
T
 (20) Oklahoma 24, Alabama 24  Bluebonnet Bowl  53,382
 12/31/68
L
 (20) SMU 28, (10) Oklahoma 27  Bluebonnet Bowl  53,543
 01/01/68
W
 (3) Oklahoma 26, (2) Tennessee 24  Orange Bowl  77,993
 01/02/65
L
 Florida State 36, Oklahoma 19  Gator Bowl  50,408
 01/01/63
L
 (5) Alabama 17, (8) Oklahoma 0  Orange Bowl  73,380
 01/01/59
W
 (5) Oklahoma 21, (9) Syracuse 6  Orange Bowl  75,281
 01/01/58
W
 (4) Oklahoma 48, (16) Duke 21  Orange Bowl  76,561
 01/01/56
W
 (1) Oklahoma 20 (3) Maryland 6  Orange Bowl  75,561
 01/01/54
W
 (4) Oklahoma 7, (1) Maryland 0  Orange Bowl  68,640
 01/01/51
L
 (7) Kentucky 13, (1) Oklahoma 7  Sugar Bowl  80,206
 01/01/50
W
 (2) Oklahoma 35, (9) LSU 0  Sugar Bowl  82,000
 01/01/49
W
 (5) Oklahoma 14, (3) North Carolina 6  Sugar Bowl  80,383
 01/01/47
W
 (14) Oklahoma 34, (18) N.C. State 13  Gator Bowl  10,034
 01/02/39
L
 (2) Tennessee 17, (4) Oklahoma 0  Orange Bowl  32,191

BOWL DESTINATIONS
Due to the longstanding tradition that sent the Big 8 Conference champion to the Orange Bowl, Oklahoma has played in Miami 18 times and earned 12 Orange Bowl crowns -- more than any other team. OU has also played in the Sugar Bowl six times (4-2) and four other bowl games more than once.
 
No.  Bowl Game  OU Record  Last Visit
18  Orange Bowl  12-6  2004 Season
7  Other bowl games  4-3  2011 Season
7  Sugar Bowl  5-2  2013 Season
5  Fiesta Bowl  2-3  2010 Season
3  Gator Bowl  2-1  1991 Season
2  Cotton Bowl  1-1  2012 Season
2  Bluebonnet Bowl  0-1-1  1970 Season
2  Sun Bowl  2-0  2009 Season
1  BCS National Championship  0-1  2008 Season

BOWL OPPONENTS
Oklahoma has played a total of 31 different opponents in bowl games. The Sooners have met seven teams more than once in a bowl including Florida State four times (last in the 2001 Orange Bowl). Over the years, Oklahoma has been matched most against teams from the SEC (14) ACC (12), Pac 10 (5) and Big 10 (3).

 
No.  Opponent  OU Record  Last
4  vs. Florida State  3-1  2001 Orange Bowl
3  vs. Alabama  1-1-1  2014 Sugar Bowl
3  vs. Arkansas  2-1  2002 Cotton Bowl
2  vs. LSU  1-1  2004 Sugar Bowl
2  vs. Maryland  2-0  1956 Orange Bowl
2  vs. Penn State  2-0  1986 Orange Bowl
2  vs. Tennessee  1-1  1968 Orange Bowl
1  vs. 28 Teams  -  -

BOWL GAME MVPs
Thirty-five Sooners have earned Most Valuable Player honors in a Sooner bowl game including quarterbacks Jack Mildren and J.C. Watts who earned honors in two games. Most recently, redshirt freshman quarterback Trevor Knight was named the 2014 Sugar Bowl MVP in Oklahoma's 45-31 win over Alabama.

 
 Date
 MVP
Pos
 Game  Score
 01/02/14  Trevor Knight
QB
 Sugar Bowl  Oklahoma 45, Alabama 31
 12/30/11  Blake Bell
QB
 Insight Bowl  Oklahoma 31, Iowa 14
 12/30/11  Jamell Fleming
DB
 Insight Bowl  Oklahoma 31, Iowa 14
 01/01/11  Jamell Fleming
DB
 Fiesta Bowl  Oklahoma 48, Connecticut 20
 01/01/11  Landry Jones
QB
 Fiesta Bowl  Oklahoma 48, Connecticut 20
 12/31/09  Ryan Broyles
WR
 Sun Bowl  Oklahoma 31, Stanford 27
 12/29/05  Rhett Bomar
QB
 Holiday Bowl  Oklahoma 17, Oregon 14
 12/29/05  C.J. Ah You
DE
 Holiday Bowl  Oklahoma 17, Oregon 14
 01/01/03  Nate Hybl
QB
 Rose Bowl  Oklahoma 34, Washington State 14
 01/01/02  Quentin Griffin
RB
 Cotton Bowl  Oklahoma 10, Arkansas 3
 01/01/02  Roy Williams
DB
 Cotton Bowl  Oklahoma 10, Arkansas 3
 01/03/01  Torrance Marshall
LB
 Orange Bowl  Oklahoma 13, Florida State 2
 12/24/93  Jerald Moore
RB
 Sun Bowl  Oklahoma 41, Texas Tech 10
 12/29/91  Cale Gundy
QB
 Gator Bowl  Oklahoma 48, Virginia 14
 01/01/88  Darrell Reed
DE
 Orange Bowl  Miami 20, Oklahoma 14
 01/01/87  Dante Jones
LB
 Orange Bowl  Oklahoma 42, Arkansas 8
 01/01/87  Spencer Tillman
HB
 Orange Bowl  Oklahoma 42, Arkansas 8
 01/01/86  Sonny Brown
DB
 Orange Bowl  Oklahoma 25, Penn State 10
 01/01/86  Tim Lashar
K
 Orange Bowl  Oklahoma 25, Penn State 10
 01/01/83  Marcus Dupree
RB
 Fiesta Bowl  Arizona State 32, Oklahoma 21
 01/01/83  Paul Ferrer
OL
 Fiesta Bowl  Arizona State 32, Oklahoma 21
 12/26/81  Darrell Shepherd
QB
 Sun Bowl  Oklahoma 40, Houston 14
 12/26/81  Ricky Bryan
DT
 Sun Bowl  Oklahoma 40, Houston 14
 01/01/81  J.C. Watts
QB
 Orange Bowl  Oklahoma 18, Florida State 17
 01/01/80  J.C. Watts
QB
 Orange Bowl  Oklahoma 24, Florida State 7
 01/01/80  Bud Hebert
FS
 Orange Bowl  Oklahoma 24, Florida State 7
 01/01/79  Billy Sims
RB
 Orange Bowl  Oklahoma 31, Nebraska 24
 01/01/79  Reggie Kinlaw
DT
 Orange Bowl  Oklahoma 31, Nebraska 24
 12/25/76  Thomas Lott
QB
 Fiesta Bowl  Oklahoma 41, Wyoming 7
 12/25/76  Terry Peters
CB
 Fiesta Bowl  Oklahoma 41, Wyoming 7
 01/01/76  Steve Davis
QB
 Orange Bowl  Oklahoma 14, Michigan 6
 01/01/76  Lee Roy Selmon
DT
 Orange Bowl  Oklahoma 14, Michigan 6
 01/01/72  Jack Mildren
QB
 Sugar Bowl  Oklahoma 40, Auburn 22
 01/01/72  Tinker Owens
WR
 Sugar Bowl  Oklahoma 40, Auburn 22
 01/01/68  Bob Warmack
QB
 Orange Bowl  Oklahoma 26, Tennessee 24
 01/01/65  Carl McAdams
C
 Gator Bowl  Florida State 36, Oklahoma 19
 01/01/50  Leon Heath
FB
 Sugar Bowl  Oklahoma 35, Louisiana State 0
 01/01/49  Jack Mitchell
QB
 Sugar Bowl  Oklahoma 14, North Carolina 6
 01/01/47  Joe Golding
HB
 Gator Bowl  Oklahoma 34, N.C. State 13

  2014 Sugar Bowl
 
2011 Insight Bowl
Jan. 2, 2014
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, La.
 
(10) Oklahoma 45
(3) Alabama 31

Freshman quarterback Trevor Knight completed a Sugar Bowl-record 32 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 11 Oklahoma took down third-ranked Alabama, 45-31.

Complete Recap | Stats | Photos
 
  2013 Cotton Bowl

2011 Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 4, 2013
Cowboys Stadium
Arlington, Texas
 
(10) Texas A&M 41
(12) Oklahoma 13
 
In his first game since becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman, Johnny Manziel set a Cotton Bowl-record with 516 total yards and accounted for four TDs as the Aggies earned a 41-13 win over 12th-ranked Oklahoma.

Complete Recap | Stats | Photos
 
 
 
  2011 Insight Bowl
 
2011 Insight Bowl
Dec. 30, 2011
Sun Devil Stadium
Tempe, Ariz.
 
Iowa 7
(19) Oklahoma 31

Quarterback Blake Bell ran for his third touchdown in the closing seconds and Oklahoma survived a late rally, not to mention a crashing camera, to beat Iowa 31-14 in the 2011 Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

Complete Recap | Stats | Photos
 
  2011 Fiesta Bowl

2011 Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 1, 2011
U of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Ariz.
 
(25) Connecticut 20
(9) Oklahoma 48
 
Oklahoma's defense scored two TDs while Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles both had record-setting games as the No. 9 Sooners ended a five-game BCS bowl losing streak with a 48-20 win over Big East champion UConn.

Complete Recap | Stats | Photos
 
  2009 Sun Bowl

2009 Sun Bowl
Dec. 31, 2009
Sun Bowl Stadium
El Paso, Texas
 
Oklahoma 31
(19) Stanford 27
 
Ryan Broyles set a Sun Bowl record with three TD receptions, Landry Jones passed for 418 yards and OU's defense slowed Heisman Trophy runner-up Toby Gerhart just enough to beat the No. 21 Cardinal, 31-27.

Complete Recap | Stats | Photos
 
 
  2009 BCS Championship
 
2009 BCS Championship
Jan. 8, 2009
Dolphin Stadium
Miami, Fla.
 
(1) Florida 24
(2) Oklahoma 14
 
The shootout between Heisman Trophy winners Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow never materialized. Playing in its third national title game in six years, Oklahoma fell to Florida in the Gators' own backyard, 24-14.

Complete Recap | Stats | Photos
 
  2008 Fiesta Bowl
 
2008 Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 2, 2008
U of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Ariz.
 
(11) W. Virginia 48
(3) Oklahoma 28
 
Pat White rushed for 150 yards and Noel Devine added 108 more as No. 11 West Virginia upset No. 3 Oklahoma. The Sooners trailed the entire game despite Sam Bradford's 21-of-33, 242-yard and two TD passing effort.

Complete Recap | Stats | Photos
 
  2007 Fiesta Bowl
 
2007 Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 1, 2007
U of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Ariz.
 
(9) Boise State 43
(7) Oklahoma 42
 
A pair of trick plays at the end of regulation and overtime ended Oklahoma's comeback and sealed a perfect season for Boise State. OU scored 25 unanswered points to take its first lead with 1:26 remaining before the wild finish.

Complete Recap | Stats | Photos
 
 
  2005 Holiday Bowl
 
2005 Holiday Bowl
Dec. 29, 2005
Qualcomm Stadium
San Diego, Calif.
 
(6) Oregon 14
Oklahoma 17
 
Linebacker Clint Ingram made a leaping interception at the 10-yard line with 33 seconds remaining to preserve OU's 17-14 upset of No. 6 Oregon. The Sooners won six of their final seven games to close the season.

Complete Recap | Stats | Photos
 
  2005 Orange Bowl
 
2005 Orange Bowl
Jan. 4, 2005
Pro Player Stadium
Miami, Fla.
 
(2) Oklahoma 19
(1) USC 55
 
USC didn't need any help, but Oklahoma obliged anyway. The Trojans played nearly flawless, while the Sooners committed five turnovers as Oklahoma fell in the BCS championship game for the second year in a row.

Complete Recap | Stats | Photos
 
  2004 Sugar Bowl
 
2004 Sugar Bowl
Jan. 4, 2004
Superdome
New Orleans, La.
 
(2) LSU 21
(3) Oklahoma 14
 
OU entered the game with the nation's top scoring offense but struggled against the Tigers. Still, the Sooners had a chance at the end, only to miss on four straight pass attempts from the 12-yard line, the last with 2:46 remaining.

Complete Recap | Stats | Photos
 
 
  2003 Rose Bowl
 
2003 Rose Bowl
Jan. 1, 2003
Rose Bowl Pasadena, Calif.
 
(8) Oklahoma 34
(7) Wash. State 14
 
Nate Hybl threw two TDs, Quentin Griffin rushed for 144 yards and the Sooner defense logged six sacks and two INTs as OU became just the fourth school in college football history to win the four BCS games and the Cotton Bowl.

Complete Recap | Stats | Photos
 
  2002 Cotton Bowl
 
2002 Cotton Bowl
Jan. 1, 2002
Cotton Bowl
Dallas, Texas
 
(10) Oklahoma 10
Arkansas 3
 
Oklahoma's defense tied a school record with nine sacks and held the Razorbacks to just 50 total yards. Arkansas reached OU territory just two times and had more rushing attempts (42) than rushing yards (37).

Complete Recap | Stats | Photos
 
  2001 Orange Bowl
 
2011 Orange Bowl
Jan. 3, 2001
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(3) Florida State 2
(1) Oklahoma 13
 
OU used a smothering defense to shut down the Seminoles and Josh Heupel generated enough offense to lead the Sooners to a perfect season. As the nation's only unbeaten team, OU claimed the program's seventh national title.

Complete Recap | Stats | Photos
 
 
  1999 Independence Bowl
 
1999 Independence Bowl
Dec. 31, 1999
Independence Stad. Shreveport, La.
 
Mississippi 27
Oklahoma 25
 
In the final college game of the 20th century, Ole Miss topped OU in a thriller, 27-25. Josh Heupel set school and bowl records for passing, but Ole Miss kicker Les Binkley made a 39-yard FG for the win on the game's final play.

Complete Recap | Stats
 
  1994 Copper Bowl
 
1994 Copper Bowl
Dec. 29, 1994
Arizona Stadium
Tucson, Ariz.
 
(22) BYU 31
Oklahoma 6
 
After completing its worst regular season in 30 years and playing under a head coach who had resigned, Oklahoma ended the season with a dismal 31-6 loss. BYU's John Walsh set Copper Bowl records for completions (31) and TD passes (4).
 
  1993 John Hancock Bowl
 
1993 John Hancock
Dec. 24, 1993
Sun Bowl Stadium
El Paso, Texas
 
Texas Tech 10
(19) Oklahoma 41
 
QB Cale Gundy brilliantly guided Oklahoma's offense and Sooner defense slowed Doak Walker Award winner Bam Morris as OU claimed a 41-10 win over Texas Tech. The Sooners scored the first two times they had the ball and never looked back.
 
 
  1991 Gator Bowl
 
1991 Gator Bowl
Dec. 29, 1991
Gator Bowl Stadium
Jacksonville, Fla.
 
(20) Oklahoma 48
(19) Virginia 14
 
Cale Gundy had one of the greatest passing efforts in school history as Oklahoma crushed Virginia, 48-14. Gundy was 25-of-31 for 329 yards, and the Sooners scored on four of their first five possessions to put the game out of reach before halftime.
 
  1989 Citrus Bowl
 
1989 Citrus Bowl
Jan. 2, 1989
Florida Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Fla.
 
(10) Oklahoma 6
(13) Clemson 13
 
After a dry three quarters and the score deadlocked at 6-6, Clemson held off a late OU rally to give the ACC champs their first victory over the Sooners in 16 tries. Jamelle Holieway led Oklahoma on a last-minute drive before being stopped at the Tiger 14.
 
  1988 Orange Bowl
 
1988 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1988
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(2) Miami 20
(1) Oklahoma 14
 
OU's hopes of winning its seventh national title were put to rest by Miami, 20-14. The Sooners scored on a 29-yard fumblerooski late in the fourth quarter to gain a flicker of hope. Miami forced a fumble on OU's next possession, however, to ensure the victory.
 
 
  1987 Orange Bowl
 
1978 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1987
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(9) Arkansas 8
(3) Oklahoma 42
 
After nine years, Barry Switzer avenged his most embarrassing loss. Spencer Tillman gained 109 yards on just seven carries, and LB Dante Jones, playing in place of All-American Brian Bosworth, led the Sooner defense in holding the Hogs to just 48 rushing yards.
 
  1986 Orange Bowl
 
1986 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1986
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(1) Penn State 10
(3) Oklahoma 25
 
A swarming defense, a record field goal performance and two big plays helped OU defeat Penn State to capture its sixth national title. The Sooners picked off four passes while Keith Jackson and Lydell Carr scored on plays of 71 and 61 yards, respectively.
 
  1985 Orange Bowl
 
1985 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1985
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(4) Washington 28
(2) Oklahoma 17
 
BYU was No. 1, but Coach Switzer argued that the Sooners should have been due to a tougher schedule. A win over Washington would have solidified that claim. The Huskies refused to cooperate and turned a 17-14 fourth-quarter deficit into a 28-17 triumph.
 
 
  1983 Fiesta Bowl
 
1983 Fiesta Bowl
Jan. 1, 1983
Sun Devil Stadium
Tempe, Ariz.
 
(11) Arizona St. 32
(12) Oklahoma 21
 
The magic of Marcus Dupree ran out as the Sun Devils rallied for 14 fourth-quarter points to win the first meeting between the two schools. Dupree ran wild early, amassing 239 yards before recurring leg injuries forced him out in the third quarter.
 
  1981 Sun Bowl
 
1981 Sun Bowl
Dec. 26, 1981
Sun Bowl Stadium
El Paso, Texas
 
Houston 14
Oklahoma 40
 
OU scored 30 fourth-quarter points to turn a seat squirmer into a rout. Darrell Shepard, who began his career at UH, scored two TDs against his former team, while freshman Fred Sims rolled up 181 yards rushing after gaining just 179 in the regular season.
 
  1981 Orange Bowl
 
1981 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1981
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(4) Oklahoma 18
(2) Florida State 17
 
Down 17-10 late in the fourth quarter, quarterback J.C. Watts and the Sooner offense drove the length of the field to score with less than a minute remaining, then elected to go for two and the win in one of the greatest Orange Bowl games in history.
 
 
  1980 Orange Bowl
 
1980 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1980
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(4) Florida State 7
(5) Oklahoma 24
 
After Florida State took an early 7-0 lead, Oklahoma unleashed 24 unanswered points to knock off the previously unbeaten Seminoles. J.C. Watts rushed for more than 100 yards and Bud Hebert recorded three INTs to lead the effort for the Sooners.
 
  1979 Orange Bowl
 
1979 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1979
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(6) Nebraska 24
(4) Oklahoma 31
 
OU lost a heartbreaker to the Cornhuskers in November, but Nebraska was upset the following week. Orange Bowl officials came up with the idea of a rematch, much to the Sooners' joy and the Huskers shock. It went as predicted: an OU victory.
 
  1978 Orange Bowl
 
1978 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1978
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(6) Arkansas 31
(2) Oklahoma 6
 
With the Sooners in the running for a national championship, Coach Switzer called it "the most disappointing loss of my career." OU fumbled inside its own 10 on the third play of the game and Arkansas immediately scored for a lead it never relinquished.
 
 
  1976 Fiesta Bowl
 
1976 Fiesta Bowl
Dec. 25, 1976
Sun Devil Stadium
Tempe, Ariz.
 
Wyoming 7
(8) Oklahoma 41
 
Oklahoma rolled up nearly 500 yards of total offense and cruised to an easy victory. The Sooners led 27-0 after the third quarter before the reserves added two more scores in the fourth. OU did not punt the entire game, the only time ever in Sooner bowl history.
 
  1976 Orange Bowl
 
1976 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1976
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(5) Michigan 6
(3) Oklahoma 14
 
No. 1 Ohio State lost in the Rose Bowl earlier in the day, giving the Sooners an opportunity to win the national championship. A 39-yard end around by Billy Brooks and a nine-yard keeper by Steve Davis were enough for a 14-6 victory and OU's fifth title.
 
  1972 Sugar Bowl*
 
1972 Sugar Bowl
Dec. 31, 1972
Tulane Stadium
New Orleans, La.
 
(5) Penn State 0
(2) Oklahoma 14
 
OU's defense posted a shutout while allowing only 11 first downs and 49 yards rushing. Freshman WR Tinker Owens had five catches for 132 yards and one TD.
 
*Game was played on Dec. 31 instead of the traditional Jan. 1.
 
 
  1972 Sugar Bowl
 
1972 Sugar Bowl
Jan. 1, 1972
Tulane Stadium
New Orleans, La.
 
(5) Auburn 22
(3) Oklahoma 40
 
It was run vs. pass, with OU's runners prevailing. The Sooners roared to a 31-0 halftime lead and amassed 439 yards rushing by game's end. QB Jack Mildren outplayed Auburn Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan, scoring a Sugar Bowl-record three times.
 
  1970 Bluebonnet Bowl
 
1970 Bluebonnet Bowl
Dec. 31, 1970
Astrodome
Houston, Texas
 
Alabama 24
(20) Oklahoma 24
 
The Sooners switched to the wishbone offense late in the season and were running it to perfection by the time the bowl game rolled around. Greg Pruitt scored from 58 and 25 yards out, but OU stilled needed a late FG to forge a tie with the Crimson Tide.
 
  1968 Bluebonnet Bowl
 
1968 Bluebonnet Bowl
Dec. 31, 1968
Astrodome
Houston, Texas
 
(20) SMU 28
(10) Oklahoma 27
 
OU led 20-6 entering the fourth quarter but SMU's Chuck Hixson, with 281 yards passing, led a comeback to take a 28-21 lead. The Sooners had two chances to win the game late, including a missed FG attempt from inside the SMU 30-yard line as time expired.
 
 
  1968 Orange Bowl
 
1968 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1968
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(2) Tennessee 24
(3) Oklahoma 26
 
Although a slight underdog to the Vols, OU broke out to a 19-0 halftime lead. Tennessee cut the margin to 19-17 before a Bob Stephenson pick-six gave the Sooners some insurance. It proved to be the difference as UT missed a FG as time expired.
 
  1965 Gator Bowl
 
1965 Gator Bowl
Jan. 2, 1965
Griffin Stadium
Jacksonville, Fla.
 
Florida State 36
Oklahoma 19
 
Florida State used a sophisticated passing attack to win easily. To add insult to injury, four of the Seminoles' TD passes were on fourth-down plays. FSU wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff finished the game with 13 receptions for 192 yards and four TDs.
 
  1963 Orange Bowl
 
1963 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1963
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(5) Alabama 17
(8) Oklahoma 0
 
Legendary coaches Bud Wilkinson and Paul "Bear" Bryant faced off in this one. The Sooners had first-and-goal twice in the first half, but fumbles ended their chances and OU never really threatened again. Joe Namath and Lee Roy Jordan led the Tide to victory.
 
 
  1959 Orange Bowl
 
1959 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1959
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(9) Syracuse 6
(5) Oklahoma 21
 
Prentice Gautt scored on the second play of the game and averaged an OU bowl-record 15.7 yards every time he touched the ball. It was the Sooners' fourth straight Orange Bowl victory and first in back-to-back years after the "no repeat rule" was waived.
 
  1958 Orange Bowl
 
1958 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1958
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(16) Duke 21
(4) Oklahoma 48
 
Oklahoma gained only six first downs, lost the total offense battle and picked up an OU bowl-record 165 yards in penalties. Still, the Sooners won on the strength of two interceptions returned for TDs, two fumble recoveries, a blocked punt and a bad snap.
 
  1956 Orange Bowl
 
1956 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1956
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(3) Maryland 6
(1) Oklahoma 20
 
After meeting two years earlier, this time it was OU that carried the No. 1 ranking into the game. Trailing 6-0 at the half, the Sooners went into their famous "fast break offense" and scored three times. It was the second national title for Oklahoma.
 
 
  1954 Orange Bowl
 
1954 Orange Bowl
Jan. 1, 1954
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(1) Maryland 0
(4) Oklahoma 7
 
The 1954 bowl game was the first in which players had to play both ways. Twice, the Terrapins had first-and-goal, but both times the Sooner defense refused to allow any points. Larry Grigg scored the game's only TD on a 25-yard scamper in the second quarter.
 
  1951 Sugar Bowl
 
1951 Sugar Bowl
Jan. 1, 1951
Tulane Stadium
New Orleans, La.
 
(7) Kentucky 13
(1) Oklahoma 7
 
OU won its first national title by going 10-0 during the regular season but was upset in the Sugar Bowl by Kentucky. The Sooners lost a bowl-record five fumbles and their comeback attempt was foiled by an interception in the final minute of play.
 
  1950 Sugar Bowl
 
1950 Sugar Bowl
Jan. 1, 1950
Tulane Stadium
New Orleans, La.
 
(9) LSU 0
(2) Oklahoma 35
 
The game was one-sided and still stands as the largest margin of victory in OU bowl history. Earlier in the week, a former LSU player was caught spying on Sooner practices. It was the only time in Wilkinson's career that he publicly blasted an opponent.
 
 
  1949 Sugar Bowl
 
1949 Sugar Bowl
Jan. 1, 1949
Tulane Stadium
New Orleans, La.
 
(3) N. Carolina 6
(5) Oklahoma 14
 
In head coach Bud Wilkinson's first bowl game, Oklahoma upset the previously unbeaten Tar Heels. The big play came in the first quarter when Myrle Greathouse intercepted a pass and returned it 70 yards to set up Jack Mitchell's one-yard run.
 
  1947 Gator Bowl
 
1947 Gator Bowl
Jan. 1, 1947
Fairfield Stadium
Jacksonville, Fla.
 
(18) N.C. State 13
(14) Oklahoma 34
 
Oklahoma and North Carolina State were two of the marquee names in college football at the time. The matchup was made possible when the Rose Bowl decided to match representatives of the WAC (now Pac 12) and the Big Nine (now Big Ten).
 
  1939 Orange Bowl
 
1939 Orange Bowl
Jan. 2, 1939
Orange Bowl
Miami, Fla.
 
(2) Tennessee 17
(4) Oklahoma 0
 
This was the first Orange Bowl that featured two national powers as both teams entered unbeaten and untied. Tennessee's powerful ground attack was too much for the Sooners, however, and the Vols raced to victory under their legendary coach Bob Neyland.
 
 
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