1977 Oklahoma Sooners football team
The 1977 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1977 NCAA Division I football season. Oklahoma was a member of the Big Eight Conference and played its home games in Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, where it has played its home games since 1923. The team posted a 10–2 overall record and a 7–0 conference record to earn the Conference title under head coach Barry Switzer who took the helm in 1973. This was Switzer's fifth conference title and third undefeated conference record in five seasons.
|1977 Oklahoma Sooners football|
Big Eight champion
|Conference||Big 8 Conference|
|1977 record||10–2 (7–0 Big 8)|
|Head coach||Barry Switzer (5th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Galen Hall (5th season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Larry Lacewell (8th season)|
|Home stadium||Oklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 71,187)|
|1977 Big 8 football standings|
|No. 7 Oklahoma $||7||–||0||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 12 Nebraska||5||–||2||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The team was led by All-Americans George Cumby, Daryl Hunt, Reggie Kinlaw, and Zac Henderson Cumby was named Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year. After winning the conference title outright, it earned a trip to the Orange Bowl where it lost to Arkansas Razorbacks. During the season, it faced five ranked opponents (In order, #4 Ohio State, #5 Texas, #16 Iowa State, #11 Nebraska, and #6 Arkansas). Four of its opponents ended the season ranked. It endured its only regular season defeat in the Red River Shootout against Texas. The Sooners started the season with a four consecutive wins before losing to Texas and then won the next six before their unsuccessful bowl game.
Elvis Peacock led the team in rushing with 812 yards, Dean Blevins led the team in passing with 385 yards, Steve Rhodes led the team in receiving with 272 yards, Uwe von Schamann led the team in scoring with 89 points, Hunt led the team in tackles with 159 tackles and Henderson posted 7 interceptions.
|September 10||Vanderbilt*||No. 1||W 25–23||71,184|
|September 17||Utah*||No. 5||W 62–24||71,184|
|September 24||at No. 4 Ohio State*||No. 3||ABC||W 29–28||88,119|
|October 1||Kansas||No. 1||W 24–9||71,184|
|October 8||vs. No. 5 Texas*||No. 2||L 6–13||72,032|
|October 15||at Missouri||No. 7||W 21–17||63,774|
|October 22||No. 16 Iowa State||No. 6||W 35–16||71,184|
|October 29||at Kansas State||No. 4||W 42–7||25,600|
|November 5||at Oklahoma State||No. 3||W 61–28||50,088|
|November 12||Colorado||No. 3||ABC||W 52–14||71,184|
|November 25||No. 11 Nebraska||No. 3||ABC||W 38–7||71,184|
|January 1, 1978||vs. No. 6 Arkansas||No. 2||NBC||L 6–31||60,987|
|1977 Oklahoma Sooners football team roster|
"The Kick" by Uwe von Schamann
Awards and honorsEdit
- "Memorial Stadium". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 28, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
- "OU Football Tradition – 42 Conference Titles". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 22, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
- "1977 Football Season". SoonerStats.com. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
- "All-American: George Cumby". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 23, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
- "All-American: Daryl Hunt". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
- "All-American: Reggie Kinlaw". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
- "All-American: Zac Henderson". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
- "2009 Football Record Book" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. p. 175. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
- "Sooners Grind Kansas; Wolverines Chew A&M." Ocala Star-Banner. 1977 Oct 2.
- Ocala Star-Banner. 1977 Oct 16. Retrieved 2018-Dec-22.
- "Sooners keep control of State and conference, 61-28." Eugene Register-Guard. 1977 Nov 6.
- "Sooners run over Colorado and play for the Orange." Eugene Register-Guard. November 13, 1977
- 1977 season at SoonerStats.com