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The 1976 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1976. The Oklahoma Sooners, champions of the Big Eight Conference, defeated the Michigan Wolverines, second-place finishers in the Big Ten Conference, 14–6. This was the first meeting between these two teams.

1976 Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Michigan 0006 6
Oklahoma 7007 14
DateJanuary 1, 1976
Season1975
StadiumOrange Bowl
LocationMiami, Florida
MVPSteve Davis (Oklahoma QB) and Lee Roy Selmon (Oklahoma DT)
RefereeR. Pete Williams (SEC)
Attendance80,307
United States TV coverage
NetworkNBC
AnnouncersJim Simpson, John Brodie
Orange Bowl
 < 1975  1977

This was the sixth and final Orange Bowl played on artificial turf. Poly-Turf, similar to AstroTurf, was installed before the 1970 season and lasted six seasons. It was removed in early 1976, following Super Bowl X, and replaced with natural grass.

TeamsEdit

Michigan WolverinesEdit

The Wolverines finished 2nd in the Big Ten Conference after losing to Ohio State in the annual The Game in Ann Arbor, 21-14. Michigan started 1-0-2, while ending 7-1-0.

Oklahoma SoonersEdit

The Sooners were co-champion in the Big Eight Conference to Nebraska. Oklahoma started the season with 8 straight victories before a loss to Kansas made them fall from #2 to #6. They rose back up to #3 after two straight wins over Missouri and Nebraska.

Scoring summaryEdit

First quarterEdit

No score

Second quarterEdit

Third quarterEdit

  • No score

Fourth quarterEdit

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