1984 Oklahoma Sooners football
Big Eight co-champion
Orange Bowl, L 17–28 vs. Washington
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 6
1984 record9–2–1 (6–1 Big 8)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorMack Brown (1st season)
Offensive schemeWishbone
Defensive coordinatorGary Gibbs (4th season)
Captains
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 75,004)
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 4 Nebraska + 6 1 0 10 2 0
No. 6 Oklahoma + 6 1 0 9 2 1
No. 7 Oklahoma State 5 2 0 10 2 0
Kansas 4 3 0 5 6 0
Missouri 2 4 1 3 7 1
Kansas State 2 4 1 3 7 1
Colorado 1 6 0 1 10 0
Iowa State 0 5 2 2 7 2
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1984 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the college football 1984 NCAA Division I-A season. Oklahoma Sooners football participated in the former Big Eight Conference at that time 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 9–2–1 overall record and a 6–1 conference record to earn a share of the Conference title under head coach Barry Switzer who took the helm in 1973.[2][3] This was Switzer's ninth conference title in twelve seasons.[2]

The team was led by All-American Tony Casillas,[4] After winning a share of conference title, it earned a trip to the Orange Bowl for an appearance against the Washington Huskies.[3] During the season, it faced five ranked opponents (In order, #17 Pitt, #1 Texas, #1 Nebraska, #3 Oklahoma State and #4 Washington). The last three of these opponents finished the season ranked in the top 10. It endured a tie against Texas in the Red River Shootout, a loss against a 2–5 Kansas Jayhawks team and a bowl game loss to Washington.[3]

Lydell Carr led the team in rushing with 688 yards, Danny Bradley led the team in passing with 1095 yards, Derrick Shepard led the team in receiving with 392 yards, Placekicker Tim Lashar led the team in scoring with 68 points, Casillas had 10 quarterback sacks, freshman Brian Bosworth led the team with 133 tackles and Gary Lowell posted 4 interceptions.[5] The defense set a school record that would only be eclipsed by the 1986 team when it allowed only 2.2 yards per rush over the course of the season.[6]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 81:30 p.m.Stanford*No. 16USAW 19–773,417
September 152:30 p.m.at No. 17 Pittsburgh*No. 15ABCW 42–1040,075
September 221:30 p.m.Baylor*No. 11
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 34–1575,018
September 291:30 p.m.Kansas StateNo. 7
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 24–672,017
October 132:30 p.m.vs. No. 1 Texas*No. 3ABCT 15–1575,587
October 206:30 p.m.at Iowa StateNo. 2ESPNW 12–1048,509
October 271:30 p.m.at KansasNo. 2L 11–2827,460
November 311:30 a.m.MissouriNo. 10
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK (rivalry)
USAW 49–775,357
November 102:30 p.m.at ColoradoNo. 9W 42–1734,673
November 172:30 p.m.at No. 1 NebraskaNo. 6ABCW 17–776,323
November 242:30 p.m.No. 3 Oklahoma StateNo. 2
ABCW 24–1476,198
January 1, 19857:00 p.m.vs. No. 4 Washington*No. 2NBCL 17–2856,294

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Personnel

1984 Oklahoma Sooners football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 18 Troy Aikman Fr
QB Danny Bradley
OL Brent Burks
RB Lydell Carr
QB Mike Clopton
RB Patrick Collins
OL Dave Dillingham
TE Keith Jackson
RB Earl Johnson
RB Jerome Ledbetter
OL Jeff Pickett
OL Eric Pope
WR Buster Rhymes
RB Steve Sewell
WR Derrick Shepard
RB Damon Stell
OL Chuck Thomas
RB Spencer Tillman
RB Darrell Weddington
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB Brian Bosworth Fr
DB Sonny Brown
DL Steve Bryan
DT Tony Casillas
DB Rickey Dixon
DL Tommy Flemmons
DB Brian Hall
DB Andre Johnson
DL Troy Johnson
LB Dante Jones
LB Paul Migliazzo
DB Tony Rayburn
DL Darrell Reed
DL Richard Reed
DB Jim Rockford
DB Keith Stanberry
DL Jeff Tupper
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K Tim Lashar
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Season summary

Stanford

1 234Total
Stanford 7 000 7
• Oklahoma 7 660 19

[8]

Pittsburgh

1 234Total
• Oklahoma 0 21021 42
Pittsburgh 3 070 10
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Pitt Stadium
  • Game attendance: 40,075

[9]

Baylor

1 234Total
Baylor 0 708 15
• Oklahoma 7 10170 34
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Game attendance: 75,018

[10]

Kansas State

1 234Total
Kansas St 3 030 6
• Oklahoma 0 7710 24
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Game attendance: 72,017

[11]

Texas

1 234Total
Texas 7 305 15
Oklahoma 0 0150 15

[12]

Iowa State

1 234Total
• Oklahoma 3 009 12
Iowa St 0 703 10

[13]

Kansas

1 234Total
Oklahoma 3 008 11
• Kansas 0 10315 28

[14]

Missouri

1 234Total
Missouri 0 007 7
• Oklahoma 7 21147 49
  • Date: November 3
  • Location: Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Game attendance: 75,357

[15]

Colorado

1 234Total
• Oklahoma 7 2177 42
Colorado 0 1007 17
  • Date: November 10
  • Location: Folsom Field
  • Game attendance: 34,673

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Nebraska

#6 Oklahoma at #1 Nebraska
1 234Total
• Oklahoma 7 0010 17
Nebraska 0 700 7
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Memorial Stadium
  • Game attendance: 76,323
  • Referee: Vance Carlson
  • Television network: ABC


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Oklahoma State

#3 Oklahoma State Cowboys (9–1) vs. #2 Oklahoma Sooners (8–1–1)
1 2 34Total
Oklahoma St 0 7 7014
Oklahoma 0 7 10724

at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Norman, Oklahoma

  • Date: November 24
  • Game attendance: 76,198
  • TV: ABC
  • Box
Game information

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Orange Bowl

1 234Total
• Washington 14 0014 28
Oklahoma 0 1403 17

Main article: 1985 Orange Bowl

See also: 1984 Washington Huskies football team


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Rankings

See also: 1984 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
( ) = First place votes.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final
AP1616151175 (1)3 (1)2 (10)2 (7)10962 (7)2 (18)2 (16)6
Coaches Poll1110123432 (1)2 (3)3 (2)12963 (2)2 (10)2 (8)6

Awards and honors

Postseason

NFL draft

The following players were drafted into the National Football League following the season.[20]

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Steve Sewell Running back 1 26 Denver Broncos
Buster Rhymes Wide receiver 4 85 Minnesota Vikings
Danny Bradley Running back 7 189 Los Angeles Rams
Chuck Thomas Center 8 199 Houston Oilers
Jim Rockford Defensive back 12 316 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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