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1973 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big Eight Champions
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 3
1973 record10–0–1 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coachBarry Switzer (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorGalen Hall (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorLarry Lacewell (4th season)
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 61,836)
Seasons
← 1972
1974 →
1973 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Oklahoma 7 0 0     10 0 1
#7 Nebraska 4 2 1     9 2 1
#18 Kansas 4 2 1     7 4 1
#17 Missouri 3 4 0     8 4 0
Oklahoma State 2 3 2     5 4 2
Colorado 2 5 0     5 6 0
Kansas State 2 5 0     5 6 0
Iowa State 2 5 0     4 7 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1973 college football season. Oklahoma participated as members of the Big Eight Conference and played its home games in Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium where it has played its home games since 1923.[1] The team posted a 10–0–1 overall record and a 7–0 conference record to earn the Conference outright title under first-year head coach Barry Switzer.[2][3] This would be the first of eight consecutive Big Eight Conference championships for the Sooners with Switzer as head coach.[2]

The team was led by three All-Americans: Rod Shoate (Oklahoma's second three-time All-American)[4] the oldest of the Selmon brothers, Lucious,[5] and Eddie Foster.[5] The Selmon brothers Lucious, Lee Roy and Dewey started on the defensive line.[6] The team went undefeated on a schedule that included seven ranked opponents (In order, #1 USC, #17 Miami, #13 Texas, #13 Colorado, #10 Missouri, #18 Kansas, and #10 Nebraska). Five of these opponents finished the season ranked. The team tied with USC in the second game of the season before winning nine consecutive contests. It began the season ranked number 11 and steadily climbed in the polls as the season progressed.[3]

Joe Washington led the team in rushing with 1173 yards, Steve Davis led the team in passing yard for with 934 yards, Tinker Owens led the team in receiving with 472 yards, Davis led the team in scoring with 108 points, Shoate led the team in tackles with 126, and Randy Hughes led the team in interceptions with 5.[7]

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 15* at Baylor #11 Baylor StadiumWaco, TX W 42–14   41,573[8]
September 29* at #1 USC #8 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA T 7–7   83,986[8]
October 6* #17 Miami #6 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 24–20   62,040[8]
October 13* vs. #13 Texas #6 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Shootout) ABC W 52–13   72,032[8]
October 20 #16 Colorado #3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 34–7   62,580[8]
October 27 at Kansas State #3 KSU StadiumManhattan, KS W 56–14   29,523[8]
November 3 Iowa State #3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 34–17   61,876[8]
November 10 at #10 Missouri #3 Memorial StadiumColumbia, MO (Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe) W 31–3   65,515[8]
November 17 #18 Kansas #3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 48–20   60,961[8]
November 23 #10 Nebraska #3 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Rivalry) ABC W 27–0   62,257[8]
December 1 at Oklahoma State #2 Lewis FieldStillwater, OK W 45–18   50,964[8]
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.
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Game notesEdit

BaylorEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Oklahoma 21 14 0 7 42
Baylor 0 0 6 8 14

[9]


TexasEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Oklahoma 7 14 14 17 52
Texas 3 3 0 7 13

The most points Oklahoma had scored against Texas to date.[10]


MissouriEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Oklahoma 7 3 12 9 31
Missouri 3 0 0 0 3
[11]


NebraskaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Nebraska 0 0 0 0 0
Oklahoma 14 0 6 7 27
[12]


Oklahoma StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Oklahoma 7 14 7 17 45
Oklahoma State 0 3 3 12 18
[13]


Awards & HonorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Memorial Stadium". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 28, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100628213311/http://www.soonersports.com/facilities/memorial-stadium_history.html. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "OU Football Tradition". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 22, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100622232057/http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/m-footbl-conf-titles.html. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "1973 Football Season". SoonerStats.com. http://www.soonerstats.com/football/seasons/schedule.cfm?SeasonID=1973. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "All-American: Rod Shoate". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100525073705/http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/aa-rod-shoate-1972-73-74.html. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 "All-American: Lucious Selmon". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 23, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100523224735/http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/aa-lucious-selmon-1973.html. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
  6. Seays, Lillian (2005). "LEE ROY SELMON: Small Town Boy-Next-Door Makes Good". Onyx Magazine. http://www.onyxmagazine.com/aspx/selmon.aspx. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  7. "2009 Football Record Book". Big 12 Conference. p. 164. http://www.big12sports.com/fls/10410/pdfs/football/record_book.pdf?&DB_OEM_ID=10410. Retrieved July 2, 2010.
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 http://www.soonerstats.com/football/seasons/schedule.cfm?seasonid=1973
  9. "Powerful Sooners Rip Baylor in 42-14 Game." Palm Beach Post. 1973 Sept 16.
  10. "Sooners Slam Texas, 52-13." Palm Beach Post. October 14, 1973
  11. "Powerful Sooners Rip Missouri, 31-3." Palm Beach Post. November 11, 1973
  12. [1]
  13. "Sooners Corral Cowboys." Palm Beach Post. December 2, 1973
  14. "All-American: Eddie Foster". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100525220746/http://www.soonersports.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/aa-eddie-foster-1973.html. Retrieved July 1, 2010.

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