Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 20, 2013

Bowl History


OU Football History & Tradition
Updated Jan. 15, 2017

With 50 bowl appearances and 29 bowl victories, Oklahoma is firmly entrenched 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  50 - No. 7 Nationally
 Bowl Wins  29 - No. 4 Nationally
 Overall Bowl Record  29-20-1 (.590)
 Longest Win Streak  4 on three occasions (1954-1959, 1972-1976, 1979-1981)
 Most Appearances  19 - Orange Bowl (12-7 Record)
 as Higher-Ranked Team  17-8 (.680) - 25 Games
 as Lower-Ranked Team  11-10 (.524) - 21 Games
 Highest Attendance  87,025 - 2013 Cotton Bowl
 Most Common Opponent  Florida State - 4 games (3-1, OU)

All 18 of Bob Stoops' Sooner teams have been to bowl games (1999-2016) including four national championship games. None of Stoops' predecessors took even his first three teams to bowl play.
 

 OU Bowl History
 Date Score  Bowl  Att.
 01/02/17 W  (7) Oklahoma 35, (14) Auburn 19  Sugar Bowl  54,077
 12/31/15
L
 (1) Clemson 37, (4) Oklahoma 17  Orange Bowl  67,615
 12/29/14
L
 (17) Clemson 40, Oklahoma 6
 Russell Athletic Bowl  70,473
 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 19 times and earned 12 Orange Bowl crowns -- more than any other team. OU has also played in the Sugar Bowl eight times (6-2) and five other bowl games more than once.

No.  Bowl Game OU Record  Last Visit
19  Orange Bowl  12-7  2015 Season
8  Sugar Bowl  6-2  2016 Season
7  Other bowl games  4-3  2011 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 nine teams more than once in a bowl including Florida State four times (last in the 2001 Orange Bowl).

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
3  Clemson  0-3  2015 Orange Bowl
2  vs. Auburn  2-0  2017 Sugar 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-six 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, quarterback Baker Mayfield was named the 2017 Sugar Bowl MVP in Oklahoma's 35-19 win over Auburn.

Date  MVP Pos  Game  Score
 01/02/17  Baker Mayfield QB  Sugar Bowl  Oklahoma 35, Auburn 19
 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

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