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1987 Oklahoma State Cowboys football
Sun Bowl champion
Sun Bowl, W 35–33 vs. West Virginia
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
APNo. 11
1987 record10–2 (5–2 Big 8)
Head coachPat Jones (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorLarry Coker (5th season)
Home stadiumLewis Field (Capacity: 50,440)
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3 Oklahoma 7 0 0     11 1 0
#6 Nebraska 6 1 0     10 2 0
#11 Oklahoma State 5 2 0     10 2 0
Colorado 4 3 0     7 4 0
Missouri 3 4 0     5 6 0
Iowa State 2 5 0     3 8 0
Kansas 0 6 1     1 9 1
Kansas State 0 6 1     0 10 1
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team represented the Oklahoma State University in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A college football season. The Cowboys finished the regular season with a 9–2 record.[1] Thurman Thomas was in his senior year for the Cowboys. In his career at Oklahoma State, Thomas had 897 rushes for 4,595 yards, 43 touchdowns, and 21 100-yard rushing games. He was also a Heisman Trophy candidate and a first team selection on the College Football All-America Team in 1987. In the 1987 Sun Bowl, Thomas ran for 157 yards and four touchdowns in the 35–33 victory over West Virginia, keeping Barry Sanders on the sidelines for the majority of the game. Thomas left OSU as the school's all-time leading rusher and his number 34 is one of only three jerseys retired at Oklahoma State. Sanders replaced Thomas as starter the next year in 1988.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 5TulsaW 39-2846,700
September 12at Houston*W 35-016,285
September 19at Wyoming*W 35-2920,852
September 26SW Louisiana*
  • Lewis Field
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma
W 36-044,100
October 10ColoradoNo. 19
  • Lewis Field
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma
W 42-1742,800
October 17No. 2 NebraskaNo. 12
  • Lewis Field
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma
CBSL 0-3550,440
October 24at MissouriNo. 19W 24-2037,638
October 31Kansas StateNo. 12
  • Lewis Field
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma
W 56-740,150
November 7at No. 1 OklahomaNo. 12L 10-2975,004
November 14at KansasNo. 17W 49-1718,500
November 21Iowa StateNo. 13
  • Lewis Field
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma
W 48-2733,400
December 25vs. West Virginia*No. 11CBSW 35-3343,240
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Game summariesEdit

ColoradoEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Colorado 0 10 7 0 17
Oklahoma St 14 0 14 14 42




  • OSU - Sanders 4 Run (Blanchard kick)
  • OSU - Dykes 18 Gundy (Blanchard kick)
  • COL - Simmons 7 Run (Hannah kick)
  • COL - Hannah 32 FG
  • OSU - Williams 16 Gundy (Blanchard kick)
  • OSU - Thomas 5 Run (Blanchard kick)
  • COL - Bieniemy 6 Run (Hannah kick)
  • OSU - Limbrick 3 Run (Blanchard kick)
  • OSU - Sanders 73 punt return (Blanchard kick)
  • Passing: COL Aunese 5/11, 90 Yds, INT, OSU Gundy 21/28, 257 Yds, 2 TD, INT
  • Rushing: COL Flannagan 9/52, OSU Thomas 23/110
  • Receiving: COL Carl 3/61, OSU Dykes 8/114, TD

[2]

1987 team players in the NFLEdit

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Thurman Thomas Running back 2 40 Buffalo Bills
[3]
  • Wide receiver Hart Lee Dykes and Running back Barry Sanders would play in the NFL

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Thurman Thomas, Heisman Trophy finalist
  • Thurman Thomas, All-America selection

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1987 Oklahoma State Cowboys Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/oklahoma-state/1987-schedule.html. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  2. Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 11. Retrieved 2019-Jan-07.
  3. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1988.htm
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