1983 Oklahoma Sooners football
Oklahoma Sooners logo.svg
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Record8–4 (5–2 Big 8)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorGalen Hall (11th season)
Offensive schemeWishbone
Defensive coordinatorGary Gibbs (3rd season)
Captains
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 75,008)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 2 Nebraska $ 7 0 0 12 1 0
Missouri 5 2 0 7 5 0
Oklahoma 5 2 0 8 4 0
Oklahoma State 3 4 0 8 4 0
Iowa State 3 4 0 4 7 0
Kansas 2 5 0 4 6 1
Colorado 2 5 0 4 7 0
Kansas State 1 6 0 3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma during the 1983 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 led by head coach Barry Switzer.

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 10at Stanford*No. 2W 27–1462,778
September 17No. 6 Ohio State*No. 2ABCL 14–2476,520
September 24Tulsa*No. 8
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 28–1875,500
October 1at Kansas StateNo. 9RaycomW 29–1035,800
October 8vs. No. 2 Texas*No. 8L 16–2875,587
October 15at Oklahoma StateNo. 15W 21–2050,440
October 22Iowa StateNo. 16
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 49–1175,008
October 29KansasNo. 14
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 45–1475,008
November 5at MissouriNo. 11ABCL 0–1057,133
November 12Colorado
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 41–2875,008
November 26No. 1 Nebraska
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK (rivalry)
CBSL 21–2875,008
December 3at Hawaii*W 21–1745,143
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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Personnel

1983 Oklahoma Sooners football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE Darrin Berryhill
QB 1 Danny Bradley (C) Jr
OL Brent Burks
WR Paul Clewis
QB Mike Clopton
OL David Dillingham
OL Sidney Dodd
RB Marcus Dupree
TE 94 Bill Earthman Jr
TE Johnny Fontenette
RB Percy Hines
RB Earl Johnson
RB Jerome Ledbetter
G 62 Paul Parker (C) Sr
OL Jeff Pickett
OL Eric Pope
WR Buster Rhymes
RB Alvin Ross
WR Steve Sewell
WR 3 Derrick Shepard Fr
OL Chuck Thomas
FB 34 Spencer Tillman Fr
RB Darrell Weddington
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB Thomas Benson
DT 80 Rick Bryan (C) Sr
DB 10 Scott Case (C) Sr
DL Tony Casillas
DB Dwight Drane
DL Darryl Goodlow
DL Kevin Murphy
DB Jim Rockford
LB 49 Jackie Shipp Sr
DL Bob Slater
DB Keith Stanberry
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 28 David Culver So
K 31 Tim Lashar
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 Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt

Roster

Season summary

at Stanford

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Ohio State

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Tulsa

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at Kansas State

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vs. Texas

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at Oklahoma State

See also: 1983 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team

#15 Oklahoma Sooners (2–2) at Oklahoma State Cowboys
1 2 34Total
Oklahoma 0 3 01821
Oklahoma St 7 7 3320

at Lewis Field, Stillwater, Oklahoma

  • Date: October 15
  • Game attendance: 50,440
  • [2]
Game information

Iowa State

Iowa State Cyclones at #16 Oklahoma Sooners
1 234Total
Iowa State 3 008 11
#16 Oklahoma 14 2177 49
  • Date: Saturday, October 22
  • Location: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma
  • Game attendance: 75,008

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Kansas

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at Missouri

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Colorado

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Nebraska

#1 Nebraska at Oklahoma
1 234Total
#1 Nebraska 7 7140 28
Oklahoma 0 1470 21

at Hawaii

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Rankings

See also: 1983 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
— = Not ranked. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final
AP2 (11)2 (3)2 (2)8981516141120т
Coaches Poll5 (6)4 (2)2 (2)10771717141120162020

Postseason

NFL draft

The following players were drafted into the National Football League following the season.[5]

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Rick Bryan Defensive tackle 1 9 Atlanta Falcons
Jackie Shipp Linebacker 1 14 Miami Dolphins
Bob Slater Defensive tackle 2 31 Washington Redskins
Scott Case Defensive back 2 32 Atlanta Falcons
Thomas Benson Linebacker 2 36 Atlanta Falcons
Paul Parker Guard 12 325 St. Louis Cardinals

References

  1. ^ "Seasons: 1980s". Archived from the original on September 11, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  2. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1985 Oct 16. Retrieved 2020-Nov-24.
  3. ^ "Big Sooner Rally Nips Oklahoma St.; Texas Routs Hogs." Gainesville Sun. 1985 Oct 16. Retrieved 2020-Nov-24.
  4. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1983 Oct 23.
  5. ^ "1984 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 29, 2020.