1985 | 1975 | 1974 | 1956 | 1955 | 1950
Results (11-1 Overall,
7-0 Big 8)
| 09/28 - (2) Oklahoma 13,
| 10/05 - (2) Oklahoma 41,
Kansas State 6
| 10/12 - (2) Oklahoma 14,
(17) Texas 7
| 10/19 - Miami 27, (3) Oklahoma
| 10/26 - (10) Oklahoma 59,
Iowa State 14
| 11/02 - (9) Oklahoma 48,
| 11/09 - (7) Oklahoma 51,
| 11/16 - (7) Oklahoma 31,
| 11/23 - (5) Oklahoma 27,
(2) Nebraska 7
| 11/30 - (3) Oklahoma 13,
(17) Oklahoma State 0
| 12/07 - (4) Oklahoma 35,
| 01/01 - (3) Oklahoma 25,
(1) Penn State 10 (a)
(a) - Orange Bowl, Miami
1985 AP Poll
| 1. Oklahoma (55)
| 2. Michigan (1)
| 3. Penn State
| 4. Tennessee (1)
| 5. Florida
| 6. Texas A&M
| 7. UCLA
| 8. Air Force
| 9. Miami (Fla.)
| 10. Iowa
Bosworth, Linebacker - Irving, Texas
Casillas, Noseguard - Tulsa, Okla.
Murphy, Defensive End - Richardson, Texas
A physical defense featuring three All-Americans and
a lightnig-quick, option-oriented offense paced by true freshman QB Jamelle Holieway led Oklahoma to the 1985 national
OU didn't open the '85 season until September 28 when
the team traveled north to play Minnesota at the Metrodome. A
fumbled punt late in the fourth quarter turned a somewhat
lackluster contest into a real seat-squirmer that the
No. 2 Sooners finally won, 13-7.
The running of Lydell Carr and the passing of Troy
Aikman were headline attractions the next week for
OU as the Sooners opened Big Eight Conference play
with a 41-6 win against Kansas State in Manhattan.
The Sooners then headed across the Red River to the
Cotton Bowl for the annual showdown with the Texas
Longhorns. The usual sellout crowd of more than 75,000
saw the Sooners completely shut down the Longhorn offense,
holding UT to just four first downs (none in the
second half) and only 70 yards of total offense (including
-24 in the second half).
"This was the greatest defensive performance by an
Oklahoma team since I have been here and that's 20
years including the time I was an assistant," said
head coach Barry Switzer following the win.
Sooner linebacker Brian Bosworth was named Big Eight
Defensive Player of the Week for his performance, which
included 14 tackles, two stops for 15 yards in losses
and one interception. OU played without All-America
noseguard Tony Casillas who injured a knee in the game's
Oklahoma finally returned to Norman to host the Miami
Hurricanes on October 19. A razor-sharp passing performance
by UM quarterback Vinny Testaverde led the Hurricanes
to a 27-14 upset of the No. 3 Sooners. OU quarterback
Troy Aikman was injured in the second period and freshman
quarterback Jamelle Holieway was called in for service.
The Sooners regrouped and rolled through their next
four opponents with a combined score of 189-26. Holieway
set a single-game total offense record at Missouri
with 324 yards (156 rushing and 168 passing), breaking
the old mark (323 yards) set in 1971 by Jack Mildren
against Iowa State.
OU next hosted the No. 2
Nebraska Cornhuskers on November 23. A capacity crowd
in Norman and a national television audience watched
the Sooners pile up more than 450 yards of total offense
in a surprisingly easy 27-7 conquest of the Huskers.
While the Sooners took great liberties with Nebraska's
nationally-rated defense, their own defenders held
the nation's best running game to only 161 yards. The
visitor's only touchdown came with less than a minute
to play when a Sooner halfback fumbled into the arms
of defensive tackle Chris Spachman who returned it
Sophomore tight end Keith Jackson, who led all rushers
with 136 yards on three end around reverses, was named
the Big Eight Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
One of OU's most memorable games against Oklahoma State
was played on November 30 in Stillwater. The game,
first in the history of the series to be played at
night, was contested in the worst weather conditions
imaginable. While the temperature fell to the low 20s
(with a wind chill near zero) during the game, rain,
sleet and gusty, shifting winds combined to turn the
field into a skating rink.
The Sooner defense was again impenetrable, never allowing
the Cowboys inside their own 21-yard line and letting
them across midfield only four times. Meanwhile, the
OU offense took advantage of great field position to
move the ball well enough to score two field goals
and a touchdown. The 13-0 win is remembered in Sooner
lore as the "Ice Bowl".
OU finished its regular season with a 35-13 win against
SMU in Norman and headed for Miami.
Oklahoma 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.
A record field goal performance from Tim Lashar and
a defense that swarmed everything that moved were the
key ingredients. 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 Carr ran 61 yards for another TD. Carr
was the game's leading rusher with 148 yards on 19
carries. Lashar added four field goals.
OU's defense held Penn State to only 10 first downs
and just 77 yards rushing, while intercepting four
passes. Butkus Award winner Brian Bosworth was credited
with 13 solo tackles.
The victory over No. 1 Penn State plus a resounding
Tennessee conquest over No. 2 Miami eliminated the
only other pretenders to the throne, leaving Oklahoma
as the overwhelming choice when AP and UPI voters cast
their ballots the next day.
OU Football Tradition