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1955 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1955 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1955 college football season, the 61st season of Sooner football. Led by ninth-year head coach Bud Wilkinson, they played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma, and were members of the Big Seven Conference.

1955 Oklahoma Sooners football
Consensus national champion
Big Seven champion
Orange Bowl champion
Orange Bowl, W 20–6 vs. Maryland
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 1
1955 record11–0 (6–0 Big 7)
Head coachBud Wilkinson (9th season)
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 55,647)
Seasons
← 1954
1956 →
1955 Big 7 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Oklahoma $ 6 0 0     11 0 0
Nebraska 5 1 0     5 5 0
Colorado 3 3 0     6 4 0
Kansas State 3 3 0     4 6 0
Kansas 1 4 1     3 6 1
Iowa State 1 4 1     1 7 1
Missouri 1 5 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Oklahoma opened the season ranked third in the polls, and were led on offense by quarterback Jimmy Harris. The Sooners finished the regular season 10–0 (6–0 in Big 7), while winning their tenth consecutive Big 7 title and their 16th conference title overall.

They were invited to the Orange Bowl in Miami on January 2, where they defeated the Maryland Terrapins 20–6; trailing by six at halftime, Oklahoma outscored Maryland 20–0 in the second half.[1] The Sooners claimed their second national championship and continued their record-setting winning streak, which was now at thirty games. It continued for nearly two more seasons, until stopped at 47 in November 1957.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 24at North Carolina*No. 3W 13–626,638[3]
October 1No. 12 Pittsburgh*No. 5W 26–1456,907[3]
October 8vs. Texas*No. 3NBCW 20–075,504[3]
October 15KansasNo. 3
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 44–639,789[3]
October 22No. 14 ColoradoNo. 3
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
NBCW 56–2157,663[3]
October 29at Kansas StateNo. 2W 40–718,263[3]
November 5at MissouriNo. 1W 20–032,289[3]
November 12Iowa StateNo. 1
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 52–046,455[3]
November 19at NebraskaNo. 1W 41–036,576[3]
November 26Oklahoma A&M*No. 1
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK (Bedlam)
W 53–040,182[3]
January 2, 1956vs. No. 3 Maryland*No. 1CBSW 20–676,561[3]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

  • QB Jimmy Harris, Jr.
  • C Jerry Tubbs, Jr.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Oklahoma rallies to beat Maryland, 20-6". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. January 3, 1956. p. 18.
  2. ^ "Irish snap Sooners' streak, 7-0". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. November 17, 1957. p. 1C.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k http://www.soonerstats.com/football/seasons/schedule.cfm?seasonid=1955