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

[1]

Personnel

1983 Oklahoma Sooners football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 85 Darrin Berryhill Sr
QB 1 Danny Bradley (C) Jr
OL 69 Brent Burks Jr
WR 82 Paul Clewis Jr
QB 15 Mike Clopton Jr
OL 59 David Dillingham Jr
OL 65 Sidney Dodd Jr
RB 22 Marcus Dupree So
TE 94 Bill Earthman Jr
TE 83 Johnny Fontenette Sr
RB 32 Percy Hines Fr
RB 5 Earl Johnson Fr
RB 20 Jerome Ledbetter Jr
G 62 Paul Parker (C) Sr
OL 71 Jeff Pickett Fr
OL 63 Eric Pope So
WR 4 Buster Rhymes Jr
RB 25 Alvin Ross So
WR 13 Steve Sewell Jr
WR 3 Derrick Shepard Fr
OL 73 Chuck Thomas Jr
FB 34 Spencer Tillman Fr
RB 30 Darrell Weddington Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 38 Thomas Benson Sr
DT 80 Rick Bryan (C) Sr
DB 10 Scott Case (C) Sr
DL 92 Tony Casillas So
DB 33 Dwight Drane Sr
DL 46 Darryl Goodlow Sr
DE 39 Kevin Murphy Jr
DB 2 Jim Rockford Jr
LB 49 Jackie Shipp Sr
DT 68 Bob Slater Sr
DB 19 Keith Stanberry Jr
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

#2 Oklahoma Sooners at Stanford Cardinal
1 234Total
Oklahoma 3 1392 27
Stanford 0 707 14
  • Date: Saturday, September 10
  • Location: Stanford Stadium • Palo Alto, California
  • Game attendance: 62,778
  • Game weather: 80 degrees

[2]

#6 Ohio State

#6 Ohio State Buckeyes at #2 Oklahoma Sooners
1 234Total
• #6 Ohio State 7 773 24
#2 Oklahoma 0 770 14

[3]

Tulsa

Tulsa Golden Hurricane at #8 Oklahoma Sooners
1 234Total
Tulsa 0 0018 18
• Oklahoma 14 1400 28

[4]

at Kansas State

#9 Oklahoma Sooners at Kansas State Wildcats
1 234Total
• Oklahoma 0 13163 32
Kansas State 10 000 10

[5]


vs. Texas

#2 Texas Longhorns vs #8 Oklahoma Sooners
1 234Total
• #2 Texas 0 7210 28
#8 Oklahoma 7 036 16
  • Date: Saturday, October 8
  • Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas
  • Game attendance: 75,587
  • Game weather: 68 degrees
  • Television network: ABC

[6]

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
  • [7]
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

[9]

Kansas

Kansas Jayhawks at #2 Oklahoma Sooners
1 234Total
Kansas 7 700 14
• #16 Oklahoma 21 7143 45

[10]

at Missouri

#11 Oklahoma Sooners at Missouri Tigers
1 234Total
#11 Oklahoma 0 000 0
• Missouri 3 700 10

[11]

Colorado

Colorado Buffaloes at Oklahoma Sooners
1 234Total
Colorado 0 7714 28
• Oklahoma 13 2170 41

[12]

Nebraska

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

at Hawaii

Oklahoma Sooners at Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
1 234Total
• Oklahoma 0 0147 21
Hawaii 0 1007 17

[13]

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.[14]

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. ^ https://www.soonerstats.com/football/games/box-score.cfm?gameid=823
  3. ^ https://www.soonerstats.com/football/games/box-score.cfm?gameid=824
  4. ^ https://www.soonerstats.com/football/games/box-score.cfm?gameid=825
  5. ^ https://www.soonerstats.com/football/games/box-score.cfm?gameid=826
  6. ^ https://www.soonerstats.com/football/games/box-score.cfm?gameid=827
  7. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1985 Oct 16. Retrieved 2020-Nov-24.
  8. ^ "Big Sooner Rally Nips Oklahoma St.; Texas Routs Hogs." Gainesville Sun. 1985 Oct 16. Retrieved 2020-Nov-24.
  9. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1983 Oct 23.
  10. ^ https://www.soonerstats.com/football/games/box-score.cfm?gameid=829
  11. ^ https://www.soonerstats.com/football/games/box-score.cfm?gameid=831
  12. ^ https://www.soonerstats.com/football/games/box-score.cfm?gameid=832
  13. ^ https://www.soonerstats.com/football/games/box-score.cfm?gameid=834
  14. ^ "1984 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 29, 2020.