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1981 Oklahoma Sooners football
Sun Bowl Champions
Sun Bowl, W 40–14 vs. Houston
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
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
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11 Nebraska 7 0 0     9 3 0
#20 Oklahoma 4 2 1     7 4 1
Kansas 4 3 0     7 5 0
Oklahoma State 4 3 0     7 5 0
#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

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.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12* Wyoming #3 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK W 37–20   75,920
September 26* at #1 USC #2 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA ABC L 24–28   85,651
October 3 #20 Iowa State #5 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK T 7–7   76,385
October 10* vs. #3 Texas #10 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (Red River Shootout) ABC L 14–34   75,587
October 17 Kansas Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 45–7   75,644
October 24* Oregon State Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 42–3   75,658
October 31 Colorado #19 Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK W 49–0   75,638
November 7 at Kansas State #17 KSU StadiumManhattan, KS W 28–21   33,200
November 14 at Missouri #15 Faurot FieldColumbia, MO (Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe) L 14–19   67,364
November 21 #5 Nebraska Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, OK (Rivlary) ESPN L 14–37   75,833
November 28 at Oklahoma State Lewis FieldStillwater, OK (Bedlam Series) KTUL-Local W 27–3   51,100
December 26* vs. Houston Sun Bowl StadiumEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) CBS W 40–14   33,816
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.
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Game notesEdit

Oklahoma StateEdit

Fullback 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-run in the third. [2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Seasons: 1980s
  2. Eugene Register-Guard. 1981 Nov 29.
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