The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for OU in the Orange Bowl

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for OU in the Orange Bowl

Oklahoma is the winningest program in Orange Bowl history.  OU has 12 wins in the Miami classic, four more than second place Nebraska.

In 18 Orange Bowl appearances, the Sooners are 12-6.

Miami has been mostly good to the Sooners. However, along with the good, there has been some bad and ugly.

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The Sooners have won several national titles in the Orange Bowl. In the fifties, seventies, eighties and most recently 2000, OU has captured college football’s big prize in Miami.

Bud Wilkinson (’56) Barry Switzer  (’75,’85) and Bob Stoops (2000) have all won national crowns at the Orange Bowl.

The Sooners have taken their talents to South Beach many times and have left with the number of titles LeBron was talking about when he signed with the Heat.

The 1979 Orange Bowl victory over Nebraska was also special for OU fans.

The Sooners were upset in Lincoln by the Huskers late in the regular season,  but won the rematch in Miami, 31-24, thanks to 134 yards rushing from Billy Sims.

I’d like to say it’s all good, but that’s not the case.


In the 1978 Orange Bowl, Arkansas coach Lou Holtz had suspended three of his best players, yet the underdog Razorbacks routed OU 31-6.

A 28-17 upset win by Washington in the 1985 Orange Bowl (’84 season) may have cost the Sooners a national championship.

In the 1986 Orange Bowl, the Sooners did get that national title, with a win over Joe Paterno and Penn State.

However, Brian Bosworth wore his infamous “National Communists Against Athletes” tee-shirt on the sideline, embarrassing the university and ending his career at Oklahoma.


Nothing compares to the Sooners lopsided 55-19 loss to USC in the 2005 Orange Bowl in the BCS Championship game.

Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and company dominated OU all night.

The Sooners committed five turnovers and got rolled by the Trojans in one of the worst losses in school history.


Will the Sooners matchup with Clemson turn out to be good, bad or ugly?

We’ll see. Oklahoma is favored.
And if the Sooners win, the real memories will be made with a victory in the CFB Playoff championship game in Phoenix.


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