January 2, 1986 |
It didn't take long for Barry Switzer to start celebrating last night after Oklahoma put away Penn State, 25-10, in the Orange Bowl. By the time the Sooners' coach reached the podium outside his locker room, he already was wearing a national championship cap. This time last year, Switzer was wearing egg on his face. Switzer openly politicked for Oklahoma as the No. 1 team in the country throughout preparations for last year's Orange Bowl. But when it came time to put up or shut up, Washington defeated the Sooners, 28-17, dashing any hopes Oklahoma had of upstaging undefeated Brigham Young in the wire service polls.
January 25, 2012 |
PERRY JONES III had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Pierre Jackson added 16 points and No. 6 Baylor bounced back after its first two losses of the season to beat host Oklahoma, 77-65, last night. The Bears (18-2, 5-2 Big 12) led throughout but needed a strong finish to put away the Sooners, who were within 62-60 in the final 5 minutes. Quincy Acy contributed 13 points and three blocks for Baylor, which shot 54 percent to get back on the winning track after losses to Kansas and Missouri, both Top 10 teams.
August 27, 2002 |
Miami and Oklahoma, the last two national champions, hope to wind up playing in the Fiesta Bowl in January for another title. For now, they'll share in a little history. Without playing a game, Oklahoma moved into a tie with the Hurricanes for No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. It's just the fourth tie in the 66-year history of the poll. Oklahoma can thank Florida State, which began the season at No. 3 but fell to fifth this week after having to hold on for a 38-31 victory over Iowa State on Saturday night.
January 13, 1987 |
There were discouraging words for Buddy Ryan coming out of the University of Oklahoma yesterday. Ryan last week said that he would attempt to trade up so that the Eagles would have an opportunity to draft All-America linebacker Brian Bosworth. But Bosworth said yesterday there's a good chance he will stay at Oklahoma next season rather than turn pro. "If I had to make a decision today, I'd stay in college," he said after an appearance on NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman.
September 19, 2006 |
The Pacific-10 Conference, finding merit in Oklahoma's complaints about the officiating in its loss to Oregon, issued a one-game suspension yesterday to the officiating crew and the instant-replay officials who worked the game and an apology to the Sooners. The Ducks won the game, 34-33, after scoring two touchdowns in the final 72 seconds. "Errors clearly were made and not corrected, and for that we apologize to the University of Oklahoma, coach Bob Stoops and his players," Pac-10 commissioner Tom Hansen said in a statement.
October 1, 2009 |
Sam Bradford's status for Oklahoma's game against Miami is still a mystery. Sooners coach Bob Stoops skipped his usual postpractice interview session yesterday, instead sending team spokesman Kenny Mossman to tell reporters there was no update on the quarterback's status. The Heisman Trophy winner has missed No. 8 Oklahoma's last two games after spraining an AC joint in his right shoulder in the season-opening loss to BYU. Stoops has said Oklahoma would spend the week watching Bradford's recovery and determine whether he can play Saturday against the 17th-ranked Hurricanes, perhaps as late as game day. He has said Bradford has not had any setbacks in his recovery, but refused to give any details on what he has been able to do in practice.
December 25, 1987 |
Stacey King scored 31 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked 6 shots last night in Honolulu to lead Oklahoma (No. 12 AP, No. 13 UPI) to a 151-99 thrashing of Dayton in the Chaminade Christmas Classic. In another game, Virginia downed Georgia, 87-54. Mel Kennedy scored 20 points for Virginia (5-5). Willie Anderson had 18 for Georgia (7-3). La Salle was to play Chaminade later last night. The Sooners (9-0) broke 100 points for the seventh time this season. They had halves of 72 and 79 points, converting 60 of 102 shots, including 11 of 25 three-pointers.
March 28, 2015 |
When Dinjiyl Walker transferred to the Academy of the New Church in 2010, he fit in with the other Division I prospects who filled that team's roster. But his previous two years in his hometown of Vaughan, Ontario, had set him back academically, and as a result he watched his teammates and opponents take Division I opportunities he was seldom offered. "I had just a few schools that were interested and wanted me, but they didn't know if I was going to be eligible," said Walker, a reserve for Oklahoma as the Sooners prepared to face Michigan State on Friday night in the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16. "They were scared to with my grades.
March 30, 1990 |
Everyone knows the song "Oklahoma. " Well, they know how it begins: "Ohhhhk-la-homa . . . " From there on, the way most people sing it, the song goes something like la-de-la la-la-la-la-de- de. But that first word is a killer - among the most rousing pieces of lyric in the history of musical theater. It was written in 1943, but just about everyone can still belt out that opening. Or at least hum it. And the show from which it came, Oklahoma!, remains a staple of dinner theater and other theatrical venues.
September 8, 1997 |
A triumphant day for Oklahoma athletic director Steve Owens turned tragic when his wife found their son dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police discovered the body of Steven Blake Owens, 25, after responding to a call about 7:55 p.m. Saturday of a gunshot victim in northwest Norman, Okla. Preliminary indications revealed no sign of foul play, and police said the gunshot wound appeared to be self-inflicted. The case still was under investigation. Owens, the 1969 Hesiman Trophy winner while at Oklahoma, released a statement yesterday, saying he and his wife Barbara were "deeply saddened by this tragic loss of our son, Blake.