1981 Oklahoma Sooners football team

The 1981 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 1981 NCAA Division I-A football season. They played their home games at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and competed as members of the Big Eight Conference. They were coached by head coach Barry Switzer. The Sooners defeated the Houston Cougars 40–14 to win the 1981 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

1981 Oklahoma Sooners football
Sun Bowl champion
Sun Bowl, W 40–14 vs. Houston
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 14
APNo. 20
1981 record7–4–1 (4–2–1 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer (9th season)
Offensive coordinatorGalen Hall (9th season)
Offensive schemeWishbone
Defensive coordinatorGary Gibbs (1st season)
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 75,008)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Big 8 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 11 Nebraska $ 7 0 0     9 3 0
No. 20 Oklahoma 4 2 1     7 4 1
Kansas 4 3 0     7 5 0
Oklahoma State 4 3 0     7 5 0
No. 19 Missouri 3 4 0     8 4 0
Iowa State 2 4 1     5 5 1
Colorado 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas State 1 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 12Wyoming*No. 3W 37–2075,920
September 264:00 p.m. CDTat No. 1 USC*No. 2ABCL 24–2885,651
October 3No. 20 Iowa StateNo. 5
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
T 7–776,385
October 1011:30 a.m. CDTvs. No. 3 Texas*No. 10ABCL 14–3475,587
October 17Kansas
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 45–775,644
October 24Oregon State*
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 42–375,658
October 31ColoradoNo. 19
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 49–075,638
November 7at Kansas StateNo. 17W 28–2133,200
November 14at MissouriNo. 15L 14–1967,364
November 21No. 5 Nebraska
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK (rivalry)
ESPNL 14–3775,833
November 28at Oklahoma StateKTULW 27–351,100
December 2612:00 p.m. CSTvs. Houston*CBSW 40–1433,816
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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RosterEdit

1981 Oklahoma Sooners football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 51 Bill Bechtold Sr
QB 1 Danny Bradley Fr
OG 75 Terry Crouch (C) Sr
OT 61 Ed Culver (C) Sr
QB 7 Kelly Phelps Jr
RB 4 Buster Rhymes So
QB 8 Darrell Shepard Sr
FB 23 Fred Sims Fr
C 73 Chuck Thomas So
FB 32 Stanley Wilson Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 31 Allen Anderson So
LB 38 Thomas Benson So
DT 80 Rick Bryan So
DL 92 Tony Casillas Fr
DT 78 Scott Dawson Sr
DB 33 Dwight Drane So
NG 95 Johnnie Lewis (C) Sr
LB 50 Mike Reilly Sr
LB 49 Jackie Shipp So
DE 88 Mike Weddington So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

Game summariesEdit

Oklahoma StateEdit

Oklahoma Sooners at Oklahoma State Cowboys
1 2 34Total
Oklahoma 7 13 7027
Oklahoma State 0 3 003

at Lewis FieldStillwater, Oklahoma

Fred Sims scored three short-yardage touchdowns to lead Oklahoma to a 27-3 win over their instate rivals in a steady drizzle. Sims, who carried 23 times for 66 yards, scored on runs of two and five yards in the second quarter and a one-yard run in the third.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Seasons: 1980s". Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  2. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. November 29, 1981