1987 Oklahoma Sooners football
Oklahoma Sooners logo.svg
Big Eight champion
Orange Bowl, L 14–20 vs. Miami (FL)
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
Record11–1 (7–0 Big 8)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorJim Donnan (3rd season)
Offensive schemeWishbone
Defensive coordinatorGary Gibbs (7th season)
Captains
Home stadiumOklahoma Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 75,004)
Seasons
← 1986
1988 →
1987 Big Eight Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 Oklahoma $ 7 0 0 11 1 0
No. 6 Nebraska 6 1 0 10 2 0
No. 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
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. Oklahoma was a member of the Big Eight Conference played its home games in Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, where it has played its home games since 1923.[1] The team posted an 11–1 overall record and a 7–0 conference record to the Conference title outright under head coach Barry Switzer who took the helm in 1973.[2][3] This was Switzer's twelfth conference title, fourth consecutive conference title and eighth undefeated conference record in fifteen seasons.[2]

The team was led by All-Americans Rickey Dixon (who won the Jim Thorpe Award),[4] Mark Hutson,[5] Keith Jackson,[6] Danté Jones,[7] and Darrell Reed[8] After going undefeated in its eleven regular season games, it earned a trip to the Orange Bowl for an appearance against the Miami Hurricanes.[3] During the season, it faced three ranked opponents (In order, #12 Oklahoma State, #1 Nebraska, and #2 Miami). Both of its last two games were #1 vs. #2 matches with the last being a national title game in which it endured its only loss to the resulting national champion Hurricanes.[3] The game marked the third Miami victory over Oklahoma in three seasons to former Switzer assistant coach Jimmy Johnson.[9]

Jamelle Holieway led the team in rushing for the second season with 807 yards and in passing for the third of four times with 548 yards, Jackson led the team in receiving for the third straight season with 403 yards, Placekicker R. D. Lashar led the team in scoring with 91 points, Reed posted 8 quarterback sacks, Jones led the team with 125 tackles and Dixon posted 9 interceptions.[10] Dixon established the current school record total of 9 single-season interceptions. He set the school record for single-season interception return yards with 232 that season and the career record with 303, which was broken by Derrick Strait in 2003.[11]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 51:30 p.m.North Texas State*No. 1W 69–1475,004[12]
September 121:30 p.m.North Carolina*No. 1
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
W 28–075,004[12]
September 261:30 p.m.at Tulsa*No. 1W 65–047,350[12]
October 31:30 p.m.at Iowa StateNo. 1PPVW 56–336,050[12]
October 101:45 p.m.vs. Texas*No. 1CBSW 44–975,587[12]
October 171:10 p.m.at Kansas StateNo. 1W 59–1027,200[12]
October 246:30 p.m.ColoradoNo. 1
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK
ESPNW 24–675,004[12]
October 311:00 p.m.at KansasNo. 1W 71–1023,500[12]
November 71:00 p.m.No. 12 Oklahoma StateNo. 1
W 29–1075,004[12]
November 141:30 p.m.MissouriNo. 1
  • Oklahoma Memorial Stadium
  • Norman, OK (rivalry)
PPVW 17–1375,004[12]
November 212:30 p.m.at No. 1 NebraskaNo. 2CBSW 17–776,663[12]
January 1, 19887:00 p.m.vs. No. 2 Miami (FL)*No. 1NBCL 14–2074,760[12]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Roster

1987 Oklahoma Sooners football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
G 66 Brian Brauninger Fr
WR 83 Carl Cabbiness Jr
WR 16 Chris Cabbiness Fr
RB 45 Lydell Carr Sr
HB 33 Patrick Collins (C) Sr
QB 4 Jamelle Holieway Jr
G 79 Mark Hutson (C) Sr
TE 88 Keith Jackson Sr
G 68 Anthony Phillips
Redshirt.svg
 Jr
OT 77 Caesar Rentie
Redshirt.svg
 Sr
QB 6 Charles Thompson
Redshirt.svg
 Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 43 Adrian Cooper
Redshirt.svg
 Fr
DB 15 Derrick Crudup Sr
DT 77 Stacey Dillard Fr
DB 29 Rickey Dixon Sr
DE 80 Troy Johnson Sr
LB 50 Dante Jones (C) Sr
DT 90 Darren Kilpatrick Sr
DE 40 Darrell Reed (C) Sr
DB 22 Kevin Thompson So
DB 10 David Vickers (C) Sr
LB 30 Chris Wilson Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 13 R.D. Lashar Fr
K 91 Todd Thomsen Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

Game summaries

North Texas

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North Carolina

See also: 1987 North Carolina Tar Heels football team

1 234Total
Tar Heels 0 000 0
• Sooners 0 2170 28

Jamelle Holieway 25 Rush, 170 Yds

[13]

Tulsa

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Iowa State

See also: 1987 Iowa State Cyclones football team

Texas

#1 Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns
1 234Total
#1 Oklahoma 0 132110 44
Texas 3 303 9

[14]

Kansas State

#1 Oklahoma Sooners at Kansas State Wildcats
1 234Total
#1 Oklahoma 14 171414 59
Kansas State 3 700 10

[15]

Colorado

Colorado Buffaloes at #1 Oklahoma Sooners
1 234Total
Colorado 0 600 6
#1 Oklahoma 10 077 24

[16]

Kansas

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Oklahoma State

See also: 1987 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team

#12 Oklahoma State Cowboys at #1 Oklahoma Sooners
1 2 34Total
Oklahoma St 3 0 0710
Oklahoma 10 0 61329

at Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, Oklahoma

  • Date: November 7
  • Game attendance: 75,004
  • [17]
Game information

Missouri

1 2 3 4 Total
Missouri 0 3 7 3 13
Oklahoma 3 7 7 0 17

[18]

See also: 1987 Missouri Tigers football team

Nebraska

See also: 1987 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team and Nebraska–Oklahoma football rivalry

#2 Oklahoma Sooners (10–0) at #1 Nebraska Cornhuskers (9–0)
1 2 34Total
Oklahoma 0 0 14317
Nebraska 7 0 007

at Memorial StadiumLincoln, Nebraska

Game information

"Game of the Century II"
The Bow - Patrick Collins

Orange Bowl

Main article: 1988 Orange Bowl

See also: 1987 Miami Hurricanes football team

Rankings

See also: 1987 NCAA Division I-A football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
( ) = First place votes.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final
AP1 (55)1 (54)1 (54)1 (53)1 (44)1 (46)1 (47)1 (42)1 (40)1 (38)1 (36)2 (20)1 (54)1 (48)1 (47)3
Coaches Poll11 (44)1 (45)1 (45)1 (46)1 (45)1 (43)1 (45)1 (43)1 (43)1 (38)2 (27)1 (48)1 (41)1 (41)3

Awards and honors

Postseason

NFL draft

Main article: 1988 NFL Draft

The following players were drafted into the National Football League following the season.[19]

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Rickey Dixon Defensive back 1 5 Cincinnati Bengals
Keith Jackson Tight end 1 13 Philadelphia Eagles
Dante Jones Linebacker 2 51 Chicago Bears
Mark Hutson Guard 3 67 Dallas Cowboys
Greg Johnson Tackle 4 99 Miami Dolphins
Lydell Carr Running back 4 106 New Orleans Saints
Darrell Reed Linebacker 5 116 Green Bay Packers
Troy Johnson Linebacker 5 133 Chicago Bears
Jon Phillips Guard 6 148 Phoenix Cardinals
Derrick White Defensive back 6 164 Minnesota Vikings
Derrick Crudup Defensive back 7 171 Los Angeles Raiders
Caesar Rentie Tackle 7 189 Chicago Bears
Patrick Collins Running back 8 200 Green Bay Packers

References

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  2. ^ a b "OU Football Tradition: 42 Conference Titles". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on June 22, 2010. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
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  4. ^ a b c "All-American: Rickey Dixon". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "All-American: Mark Hutson". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "All-American: Keith Jackson". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  7. ^ a b "All-American: Danté Jones". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  8. ^ a b "All-American: Darrell Reed". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved June 29, 2010.
  9. ^ Moran, Malcolm (January 2, 1988). "Orange Bowl; Hurricanes Overwhelm the Sooners to Claim No. 1". The New York Times. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  10. ^ "2009 Football Record Book" (PDF). Big12sports.com. p. 175. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
  11. ^ "2009 Football Record Book" (PDF). Big12sports.com. p. 177. Retrieved June 30, 2010.
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  13. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 13.
  14. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 11.
  15. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Oct 18.
  16. ^ Gainesville Sun. October 25, 1987
  17. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 08. Retrieved 2019-Apr-13.
  18. ^ Gainesville Sun. 1987 Nov 15. Retrieved 2019-Jan-06.
  19. ^ "1988 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 29, 2020.