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

47-Game Winning Streak


OU Football History & Tradition

Oklahoma holds the NCAA record for most consecutive wins by a major college program at 47-straight. The streak spanned five seasons from 1953-57. OU lost to Notre Dame, 28-21, in the 1953 season opener and tied Pittsburgh, 7-7, the next week. The streak began with a 19-14 win against archrival Texas in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Oct. 10, 1953.
 
Oklahoma rolled through the rest of the 1953 season and capped a 9-1-1 campaign with a 7-0 shutout of Maryland in the Orange Bowl in Miami. The Sooners went 10-0 in 1954 and 11-0 in 1955. The 30th-straight win came against Maryland, again in the Orange Bowl, on January 1, 1956, and the Sooners claimed their second National Championship. a
 
OU won its 35th consecutive game with a 40-0 rout of Notre Dame in South Bend on Oct. 27, 1956. Oklahoma finished the season a perfect 10-0 with the streak at 40 games. The Sooners were again voted National Champions.
 
On Nov. 9, 1957, in Columbia, Mo., Oklahoma won its 47th-consecutive game with a 39-14 victory against the Missouri Tigers. The streak came to an end on Nov. 16, 1957, when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish claimed a 7-0 victory at Owen Field in Norman. The Sooners won the remainder of their games in 1957 and finished with a 48-21 victory against Duke in the Orange Bowl to post a 10-1 record.

NCAA Modern Era Win Streaks
 School  Wins  Seasons  Coach(es)
 1. Oklahoma  47  1953-1957  Bud Wilkinson
 2. Toledo  35  1969-1971  Frank Lauterbur, John A. Murphy
 3. Miami (Fla.)  34  2000-2003  Butch Davis, Larry Coker
 4. Oklahoma  31  1948-1950  Bud Wilkinson
 5. Texas  30  1968-1970  Darrell Royal
 6. Miami (Fla.)  29  1990-1993  Dennis Erickson
     Florida State  29  2012-2014  Jimbo Fisher
 8. Oklahoma  28  1973-1975  Barry Switzer
     Alabama  28  1978-1980  Paul "Bear" Bryant
     Michigan State  28  1950-1953  Clarence Munn

The Streak

Oklahoma's 47-game winning streak is considered one of the greatest feats in major college football history. Amazingly, OU has three of the top eight winning streaks in NCAA history during the modern era of college football. The Sooners won 31-straight under Coach Wilkinson from 1948-1950 and 28-straight under Barry Switzer from 1973-1975.

 

 
 1953 Season
 Win #  Date  Score  Location
  1  Oct. 10  Oklahoma 19, Texas 14  Dallas, Texas
  2  Oct. 17  Oklahoma 45, Kansas 0  Norman
  3  Oct. 24  Oklahoma 27, Colorado 20  Norman
  4  Oct. 31  Oklahoma 34, Kansas State 0  Norman
  5  Nov. 7  Oklahoma 14, Missouri 0  Columbia, Mo.
  6  Nov. 14  Oklahoma 47, Iowa State 0  Norman
  7  Nov. 21  Oklahoma 30, Nebraska 7  Lincoln, Neb.
  8  Nov. 28  Oklahoma 42, Oklahoma State 7  Norman
  9  Jan. 1  Oklahoma 7, Maryland 0  Orange Bowl
 1954 Season
 Win #  Date  Score  Location
  10  Sept. 18  Oklahoma 27, California 13  Berkeley, Calif.
  11  Sept. 25  Oklahoma 21, TCU 16  Norman
  12  Oct. 9  Oklahoma 14, Texas 7  Dallas, Texas
  13  Oct. 16  Oklahoma 65, Kansas 0  Lawrence, Kan.
  14  Oct. 23  Oklahoma 21, Kansas State 0  Norman
  15  Oct. 30  Oklahoma 13, Colorado 6  Boulder, Colo.
  16  Nov. 6  Oklahoma 40, Iowa State 0  Ames, Iowa
  17  Nov. 13  Oklahoma 34, Missouri 13  Norman
  18  Nov. 20  Oklahoma 55, Nebraska 7  Norman
  19  Nov. 27  Oklahoma 14, Oklahoma State 0  Stillwater, Okla.
 1955 Season
 Win #  Date  Score  Location
  20  Sept. 24  Oklahoma 13, North Carolina 6  Chapel Hill, N.C.
  21  Oct. 1  Oklahoma 26, Pittsburgh 14  Norman
  22  Oct. 8  Oklahoma 20, Texas 0  Dallas, Texas
  23  Oct. 15  Oklahoma 44, Kansas 6  Norman
  24  Oct. 22  Oklahoma 56, Colorado 21  Norman
  25  Oct. 29  Oklahoma 40, Kansas State 7  Manhattan, Kan.
  26  Nov. 5  Oklahoma 20, Missouri 0  Columbia, Mo.
  27  Nov. 12  Oklahoma 52, Iowa State 0  Ames, Iowa
  28  Nov. 19  Oklahoma 41, Nebraska 0  Lincoln, Neb.
  29  Nov. 26  Oklahoma 53, Oklahoma State 0  Norman
  30  Jan. 2  Oklahoma 20, Maryland 6  Orange Bowl
 1956 Season
 Win #  Date  Score  Location
  31  Sept. 29  Oklahoma 36, North Carolina 0  Norman
  32  Oct. 6  Oklahoma 66, Kansas State 0  Norman
  33  Oct. 13  Oklahoma 45, Texas 0  Dallas, Texas
  34  Oct. 20  Oklahoma 34, Kansas 12  Lawrence, Kan.
  35  Oct. 27  Oklahoma 40, Notre Dame 0  South Bend, Ind.
  36  Nov. 3  Oklahoma 27, Colorado 19  Boulder, Colo.
  37  Nov. 10  Oklahoma 44, Iowa State 0  Ames, Iowa
  38  Nov. 17  Oklahoma 67, Missouri 14  Norman
  39  Nov. 24  Oklahoma 54, Nebraska 6  Norman
  40  Dec. 1  Oklahoma 53, Oklahoma State 0  Stillwater, Okla.
 1957 Season
 Win #  Date  Score  Location
  41  Sept. 21  Oklahoma 26, Pittsburgh 0  Pittsburgh, Pa.
  42  Oct. 5  Oklahoma 40, Iowa State 14  Norman
  43  Oct. 12  Oklahoma 21, Texas 7  Dallas, Texas
  44  Oct. 19  Oklahoma 47, Kansas 0  Norman
  45  Oct. 26  Oklahoma 14, Colorado 13  Norman
  46  Nov. 2  Oklahoma 13, Kansas State 0  Manhattan, Kan.
  47  Nov. 9  Oklahoma 39, Missouri 14  Columbia, Mo.
 
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