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The 1985 Orange Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game played on January 1 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. It matched the #4 Washington Huskies of the Pacific-10 Conference and the #2 Oklahoma Sooners of the Big Eight Conference.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

1985 Orange Bowl
1234 Total
Washington 140014 28
Oklahoma 01403 17
DateJanuary 1, 1985
StadiumOrange Bowl
LocationMiami, Florida
MVPJacque Robinson (TB, UW)
Ron Holmes         (DT, UW)
FavoriteOklahoma by 6 points [1][2]
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersDon Criqui, Bob Trumpy,
and Bill Macatee
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The Sooners (9–1–1) won the Big Eight title for the ninth time in the last 12 seasons and were making their fifth Orange Bowl appearance in seven years; they were favored in this game by six points.[1][2]


The Huskies (10–1) had risen back from a loss at USC on November 10 that knocked them from the top spot in both polls to fourth (#3 UPI), and cost them the Pac-10 title and the accompanying berth in the Rose Bowl. This was the first appearance by a Pac-10 team in the Orange Bowl and remains the Huskies' only appearance.

Game summaryEdit

Danny Greene gave the Huskies an early lead on his 29-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Paul Sicuro, and tailback Jacque Robinson made it 14–0 after one quarter on his touchdown plunge. Sooner quarterback Danny Bradley cut the lead with a touchdown sneak, and Derrick Shepard tied the game before halftime on his 61-yard catch from Bradley for a touchdown.

The third quarter was scoreless, and Tim Lashar's 35-yard field goal gave Oklahoma a 17–14 lead with under nine minutes remaining. After Sicuro was intercepted for a third time, Hugh Millen took over at quarterback for Washington in the fourth quarter. He guided the Huskies on a 74-yard drive in seven plays, capped by a 12-yard pass to Mark Pattison in the end zone for a four-point lead with less than six minutes to go.[4][8][9] The Sooners muffed the ensuing kickoff return and started at their own two; Washington intercepted a tipped Bradley pass deep in Oklahoma territory and soon scored again on a touchdown run by fullback Rick Fenney to make the final score 28–17.[6][10]

The Sooner Schooner GameEdit

With the score tied early in the fourth quarter, Oklahoma attempted a short field goal, from 22 yards out. It was good, and the Sooner Schooner rode out onto the field, as was tradition for Sooner scores. However, the play was nullified due to an illegal procedure penalty on Oklahoma due to a player not reporting his temporary jersey number to the officials, which he was required to do before the ball was snapped.

Pulled by two Shetland ponies, the wagon got stuck on the wet grass, ending up in front of the Huskies' sideline, and the Sooners were assessed a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Lashar's ensuing 42-yard kick was blocked, keeping the game tied at fourteen.[11][12][13][14]

The Orange Bowl had returned to natural grass years earlier in 1976; the Sooners' home field in Norman had artificial turf from 1970 through 1993.


Washington finished second in both final polls;[15][16] undefeated Brigham Young won the national title after they rallied for a 24–17 victory over unranked Michigan (6–6) in the Holiday Bowl on December 21.[17][18]

This remains Washington's sole Orange Bowl appearance; Oklahoma returned in each of the next three seasons.


Statistics Washington   Oklahoma  
First Downs 17 17
Rushes–Yards 43–192 54–162
Passing Yards 119 124
Passes 9–21–3 6–21–1
Total Yards 311 286
Punts–Average 6–37.7 7–34.6
Fumbles–Lost 3–1 6–2
Turnovers by 4 3
Penalties-Yards 5–25 8–60
Time of possession 28:52 31:04


  1. ^ a b "The latest line". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 1, 1985. p. 39.
  2. ^ a b c "Orange Bowl". Pittsburgh Press. December 31, 1984. p. D3.
  3. ^ "Today's bowl games: Orange". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). January 1, 1985. p. 2B.
  4. ^ a b c "Huskies vote: 'We're No. 1'". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. January 2, 1985. p. 1C.
  5. ^ "Huskies smash Sooners, 28-17". Milwaukee Sentinel. wire services. January 2, 1985. p. 1, part 2.
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  7. ^ Robinson, John (January 3, 1985). "Have Huskies crowned Y's season of destiny?". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. G1.
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  15. ^ "It's close, but Huskies are No. 2". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). wire services. January 3, 1985. p. 19.
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  17. ^ "BYU finishes 13-0, but will it stay No. 1?". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 22, 1984. p. 1B.
  18. ^ Robinson, Doug (December 22, 1984). "Bosco pass seals Holiday Bowl victory". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. D1.
  19. ^ "Football: Orange Bowl". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). January 2, 1985. p. B4.