#FlashbackFriday: Wilkinson's Winning Ways

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

Sooner Sports TV's year-long "Flashback Fridays" series continues this month with a look at Wilkinson's Winning Ways. Throughout the month of October, Sooner Sports TV goes back to the heart of Oklahoma's 47 game winning streak that dominated the college football world in the early 1950's.

Taking over the Oklahoma program in 1947, Bud Wilkinson established one of the greatest eras in college football's storied history. Leading his teams to three National Championships and coaching Oklahoma's first Heisman Trophy winner, coach Wilkinson's team established the blueprint for success. With class and dignity, the Sooners were led by the one of the nation's most respected coaches, and behind the perfection of the Split-T offense, the Sooners led the nation in the art of clean execution. Through it all, behind a 47-game winning streak, the nation learned that nobody knew how to win like Oklahoma's Bud Wilkinson.

Oklahoma vs. TCU (1954)

October 3 @ 11 pm CT
Bud Wilkinson's Sooners returned from their opening contest in California with a 10-game winning streak. The Sooners hadn't lost a game since the opener a year before, and after an Orange Bowl win, the expectations were high for Bud Wilkinson's squad. Behind sophomore quarterback Jim Harris and Buddy Leake, the Sooners needed some magic in the fourth quarter to keep the streak alive.

“Inside Football with Bud Wilkinson”

October 10 @ 11 pm CT
Famously credited with creating the first “coaches show” in the country, Oklahoma Head Coach Bud Wilkinson was far ahead of his time. With a calm demeanor and charming presence, coach Wilkinson broke down the complicated game of football each week that featured the iconic, “Wilkinson Little Men”.

Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma A&M (1953)

October 17 @ 11 pm CT
An Autumn clash for the in-state rivals, Thanksgiving weekend of 1953 was the final stop for the Sooners on their way to the Orange Bowl in Miami. The 48th meeting of the two teams, A&M came to Norman as co-champions of the Missouri valley, while Oklahoma claimed the Big Seven championship nearly two weeks prior. Coach J.B. Whitworth had his best Aggie team to date, but an upset of coach Wilkinson's red-hot Sooners would be a tall order.

Oklahoma at Colorado (1954)

October 24 @ 11 pm CT
With a 14-game winning streak on the line, Wilkinson's squad went to Folsom field as two-touchdown favorites over the Buffaloes of Colorado. Ranked second in the country, the Sooners arrived in Denver on Thursday, and immediately began preparation for Colorado's attack. Leading the country in rushing with an average of 345.8 yards per game, Colorado was certain to bring the Sooners their toughest test of the season to date.

Oklahoma at Kansas (1954)

October 31 @ 11 pm
Ranked first in the country and fresh off a 14-7 win against Texas, the Sooners traveled to Lawrence for the start of the conference season. Led by head coach Chuck Mather, the Jayhawks had lost eleven straight contests coming into the clash with Oklahoma. Meanwhile, the Sooners had won seven-straight league titles, having not lost a conference game since their trip to Lawrence in 1946. A 31-point favorite in the contest, Oklahoma's Jimmy Harris was a rising star in the Sooners' split-T rushing attack that had the nation's attention.


Having debuted this past August, “Flashback Fridays” showcases exclusive one-night airings of classic content every Friday night on FOX Sports Oklahoma at 11:00 pm CT. Boasting thousands of films dating back to 1929, SoonerVision’s archive contains footage that hasn’t been seen in decades. This special presentation of the popular Crimson Classics series will run through August of 2015, and each historic pastime can be relived anytime at Soonersports.tv/classics.

Flashback Friday Schedule

August ‘14 – “Opening the Vault”
September ‘14 – “Bringing Back the Memories”
October ‘14 – “Wilkinson’s Winning Ways”
November ‘14 – “Stoops’ Signature Wins”
December ‘14 – “Wins of Winter”
January ’15 – “Billy Ball”
February ’15 – “Sampson’s Sooners”
March ’15 – “Big 12 Memorable Moments”
April ’15 – “Coale’s Classics”
May ’15 – “Championship Month”
June ’15 – “2000 – The Start of Something Great”
July ’15 – “2000 – Catching the Eye of the Nation”
August ’15 – “2000 – Bringing the Trophy Home”


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