EL PASO, Texas -- It has been 25 years since Oklahoma and Stanford have met on a football field, but from 1978-84 the two programs played four times. The fifth game in the series takes place on Dec. 31, in the 76th Brut Sun Bowl in El Paso.
Oklahoma leads the series, 3-1, and will seek its fourth victory over the Cardinal in the teams' first-ever meeting in a bowl and on a neutral field. Here's a brief rundown of the OU-Stanford games to date.
Sept. 8, 1984, at Norman
Oklahoma 19, Stanford 7
No. 16 Oklahoma was erratic in its season opener against a Stanford team under new head coach Jack Elway. The visiting Cardinal marched 71 yards in eight plays on its opening possession to take a 7-0 lead, but that drive amounted to little more than an early last hurrah. An OU defense that featured 17 underclassmen among its top 22 clamped down and gave up just 152 yards the rest of the day. In the meantime, the veteran Sooner offense, with nine returning starters, labored. QB Danny Bradley eventually got the unit untracked by rushing 20 times for 100 yards. He also scored on a 12-yard run and set up Earl Johnson's four-yard TD burst with a pair of completions for 51 yards. Freshman Lydell Carr made his debut and was impressive, gaining 73 yards on 19 attempts.
Sept. 10, 1983, at Palo Alto
Oklahoma 27, Stanford 14
Oklahoma's defense stymied Stanford, limiting the Cardinal to -1 yard on 22 rushing attempts. It was the OU speed that made the difference. "If you think (Jackie) Shipp and some of those big inside people can't run, go out and run a race with `em sometime," said Stanford coach Paul Wiggin. "Those guys can fly." The offense ran well too, racking up 395 rushing yards on 67 attempts. Marcus Dupree had 138 of those yards, including 107 in the second half.
Sept. 27, 1980, at Norman
Stanford 31, Oklahoma 14
Sophomore quarterback John Elway threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns as the unranked Cardinal upset No. 4-Oklahoma on a rain-soaked afternoon on Owen Field. Stanford led 31-0 midway through the third quarter before the Sooners finally scored. Besides Elway, five lost fumbles were the OU nemesis.
Sept. 9, 1978, at Palo Alto
Oklahoma 35, Stanford 29
Despite four fumbles lost, Oklahoma had a 35-22 lead when it took an intentional safety with just 47 seconds remaining. The ensuing free kick was returned 56 yards to set up an eventual 11-yard touchdown pass from Steve Dils to Ken Margerum. The Cardinals (that was Stanford's nickname at the time) recovered an onside kick and had a shot at the victory, but Darrol Ray intercepted Dils' final heave in the end zone to preserve a 35-29 victory. Billy Sims rushed 19 times for 107 yards, while Kenny King also had 19 carries for 102 yards. QB Thomas Lott scored touchdowns on runs of 19 yards and one yard.
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