1980 Oklahoma Sooners football team

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1980 Oklahoma Sooners football
Orange Bowl Champions
Big 8 Champions
Orange Bowl, W 18–17 vs. Florida State
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches#3
AP#3
1980 record10–2 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer (8th year)
Offensive coordinatorGalen Hall (8th year)
Defensive coordinatorRex Norris (3rd year)
CaptainSteve Rhodes
Richard Turner
J.C. Watts
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 75,008)
Seasons
« 19791981 »
 
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1980 Oklahoma Sooners football
Orange Bowl Champions
Big 8 Champions
Orange Bowl, W 18–17 vs. Florida State
ConferenceBig 8 Conference
Ranking
Coaches#3
AP#3
1980 record10–2 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer (8th year)
Offensive coordinatorGalen Hall (8th year)
Defensive coordinatorRex Norris (3rd year)
CaptainSteve Rhodes
Richard Turner
J.C. Watts
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 75,008)
Seasons
« 19791981 »
1980 Big 8 football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
#3 Oklahoma 700  1020
#7 Nebraska610  1020
Missouri520  840
Iowa State340  740
Oklahoma State340  470
Kansas State250  470
Kansas160  281
Colorado160  1100
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the college football 1980 NCAA Division I-A season. Oklahoma Sooners football participated in the former Big Eight Conference at that time and played its home games in Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium where it has played its home games since 1923.[1] The team posted a 10–2 overall record and a 7–0 conference record to earn the Conference title outright under head coach Barry Switzer who took the helm in 1973.[2][3] This was Switzer's eighth conference title and fifth undefeated conference record in eight seasons.[2]

The team was led by All-Americans Terry Crouch,[4] and Louis Oubre,[5] After winning the conference title outright, it earned a trip to the Orange Bowl for a rematch with Florida State.[3] During the season, it faced four ranked opponents (In order, #3 Texas, #6 North Carolina, #4 Nebraska and #2 Florida State). The last three of these opponents finished the season ranked. It endured two early season losses against Stanford and Texas in the Red River Shootout.[3] The Sooners finished the season with an eight consecutive wins.[3]

David Overstreet led the team in rushing with 720 yards, J.C. Watts led the team in passing with 1037 yards, Bobby Grayson led the team in receiving with 389 yards, Watts led the team in scoring with 108 points, Mike Coats led the team with 126 tackles and Gary Lowell posted 4 interceptions.[6] The team set the current school records of 82 points and 875 total yards against Colorado.[7]

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponent#Rank#SiteTVResultAttendance
September 1312:30 PMKentucky*#4Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OKW 29–7  75,668[8]
September 271:30 PMStanford*#4Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OKL 14–31  75,811[8]
October 43:00 PMat Colorado#12Folsom FieldBoulder, COESPNW 82–42  46,980[8]
October 1111:30 AMvs. #3 Texas*#12Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Shootout)ABCL 13–20  72,032[8]
October 181:30 PM#4 Kansas State#17Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OKW 35–21  74,638[8]
October 251:30 PMat Iowa State#17Cyclone StadiumAmes, IAW 42–7  50,978[8]
November 11:30 PM#6 North Carolina*#16Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OKESPNW 41–7  75,738[8]
November 81:30 PMat Kansas#11Memorial StadiumLawrence, KSW 21–19  40,150[8]
November 151:30 PMMissouri#10Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe)SNIW 17–7  75,325[8]
November 2211:30 AMat #4 Nebraska#9Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE (Rivalry)ABCW 21–17  74,684[8]
November 291:30 PMOklahoma State#6Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Bedlam Series)W 63–14  75,681[8]
January 17:00 PMvs. #2 Florida State#4Miami Orange BowlMiami, FL (Orange Bowl)NBCW 18–17  71,043[8]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Game notes[edit]

Kentucky[edit]

1234Total
Kentucky70007
• Oklahoma0072229

[9]


Stanford[edit]

Colorado[edit]

Texas[edit]

Kansas State[edit]

Iowa State[edit]

North Carolina[edit]

Kansas[edit]

Missouri[edit]

Nebraska[edit]

Oklahoma State[edit]

Oklahoma State Cowboys at #6 Oklahoma Sooners
1234Total
Oklahoma State077014
#6 Oklahoma1414211463

[10]


Orange Bowl[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Memorial Stadium". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 28, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "OU Football Tradition – 42 Conference Titles". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 22, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d "1980 Football Season". SoonerStats.com. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "All-American: Terry Crouch". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "All-American: Louis Oubre". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010. 
  6. ^ "2009 Football Record Book". Big12sports.com. p. 175. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  7. ^ "2009 Football Record Book". Big12sports.com. p. 164. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l http://www.soonerstats.com/football/seasons/schedule.cfm?seasonid=1980
  9. ^ "Oklahoma Sluggish, But Beats Kentucky." Palm Beach Post. 1980 Sept 14.
  10. ^ "Watts Runs Oklahoma Into the Orange Bowl". The Register-Guard (Eugene). November 30, 1980. p. 3B. 

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