The University of Oklahoma - Oklahoma Football

1985 National Champions

A physical defense featuring three All-Americans and true freshman QB Jamelle Holieway paced by a lightening-quick, option-oriented offense led Oklahoma to the national crown.

OU took a No. 3 national ranking into the Orange Bowl, but toppled No. 1 Penn State, 25-10. That, coupled with Miami's loss in the Sugar Bowl, vaulted the Sooners to their sixth national championship.

Big plays and Tim Lashar's kicking were the undoing of the Nittany Lions. Holieway, who led OU to eight straight wins after taking over as the starter, hit All-American tight end Keith Jackson on a 71-yard pass play and Lydell Car ran 61 yards for another TD. Lashar added four field goals.

1985 Results (11-1 Overall, 7-0 Big 8)
09/28/85 - Oklahoma 13, Minnesota 7
10/05/85 - Oklahoma 41, Kansas State 6
10/12/85 - Oklahoma 14, Texas 7
10/19/85 - Miami 27, Oklahoma 14
10/26/85 - Oklahoma 59, Iowa State 14
11/02/85 - Oklahoma 48, Kansas 6
11/09/85 - Oklahoma 51, Missouri 6
11/16/85 - Oklahoma 31, Colorado 0
11/23/85 - Oklahoma 27, Nebraska 7
11/30/85 - Oklahoma 13, Oklahoma State 0
12/07/85 - Oklahoma 35, SMU 13
01/01/86 - Oklahoma 25, Penn State 10 (Orange Bowl)

Head Coach: Barry Switzer

All-Americans:

Brian Bosworth, Linebacker - Irving, Texas
Tony Casillas, Noseguard - Tulsa, Okla.
Kevin Murphy, Defensive End - Richardson, Texas

Final 1985 AP Poll Record
1. Oklahoma 11-1-0
2. Michigan 10-1-1
3. Penn State 11-1-0
4. Tennessee 9-1-2
5. Florida 9-1-0
6. Texas A&M 10-2-0
7. UCLA 9-2-1
8. Air Force 12-1-0
9. Miami (Fla.) 10-2-0
10. Iowa 10-2-0
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