The University of Oklahoma - Oklahoma Football

1950 National Champions

Oklahoma's initial national championship, the first of three under legendary head coach Bud Wilkinson, set the football program on a course that regularly meets with high-level success.

Consensus All-Americans Leon Heath and Jim Weatherall paved the way and got assistance from a first-year player, Billy Vessels, who scored 15 touchdowns that season. Two seasons later, Vessels captured OU's first Heisman Trophy.

Wilkinson's first title team featured homegrown talent (he limited his recruiting to a tight radius of the campus), yet achieved on a level that was recognized from coast to coast.

1950 Results (10-1 Overall, 6-0 Big 7)
09/30/50 - Oklahoma 28, Boston College 0
10/07/50 - Oklahoma 43, Texas A&M 28
10/14/50 - Oklahoma 14, Texas 13
10/21/50 - Oklahoma 58, Kansas State 0
10/28/50 - Oklahoma 20, Iowa State 7
11/04/50 - Oklahoma 27, Colorado 18
11/11/50 - Oklahoma 33, Kansas 13
11/18/50 - Oklahoma 41, Missouri 7
11/25/50 - Oklahoma 49, Nebraska 35
12/02/50 - Oklahoma 41, Oklahoma State 14
01/01/51 - Kentucky 13, Oklahoma 7 (Sugar Bowl)


Head Coach: Bud Wilkinson

All-Americans:
Leon Heath, Fullback - Hollis, Okla.
Jim Weatherall, Tackle - Deer, Texas
Buddy Jones, Safety - Holdenville, Okla.
Frankie Anderson, Enid - Oklahoma City, Okla.

Final 1950 AP Poll Record
1. Oklahoma 10-1-0
2. Army 8-1-0
3. Texas 9-2-0
4. Tennessee 11-1-0
5. California 9-1-1
6. Princeton 9-0-0
7. Kentucky 11-1-0
8. Michigan State 8-1-0
9. Michigan 6-3-1
10. Clemson 9-0-1
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