All-American: Frank "Pop" Ivy

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Frank "Pop" Ivy, E - 1939
Frank "Pop" Ivy earned All-America honors in 1939. Grantland Rice, the famous sports writer, called Ivy one of the greatest defensive ends he had ever seen.

With great athletic ability, Ivy was one of the top cover men in the conference, named to the All-Big Six team in 1939. During 1938, the defense allowed only two touchdowns the entire year, while opposing offenses averaged only 43.3 yards per game.

After going undefeated during the regular season, the Sooners made their first bowl appearance in school history, facing Tennessee in the Orange Bowl. The game had fights and penalties throughout, and the Sooners lost, 17-0.

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