Oklahoma Sooner Research Papers

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Boomer Sooner When does OU play today? This question is asked statewide on Saturdays, and college football fans know the answer. Oklahoma football has united fans for decades, bringing people together for the love of the game. Throughout the years, Oklahoma football has created a name for itself as one of the most prominent college football teams due to the rivalries, tradition, and fierce competition. However, the game of football was created long before the Sooners came into existence. Football was first developed in the Ivy League Colleges of the northeast, and was eventually adopted by the Indian and Oklahoma territories. The first recorded game in Oklahoma was played against a town team and a local high school in 1894, and after the …show more content…

Therefore, when Bud Wilkinson began the Sooner takeover in 1948, taking over for Jim Tatum, he created two record breaking undefeated streaks, thirty-one wins and forty-seven wins. Throughout his career as a coach for the Oklahoma Sooners, from 1948 through 1957, he amassed a total of ninety-seven wins, six losses, and two ties. In 1966, Oklahoma hired Jim Mackenzie, Chuck Fairbanks, and Barry Switzer, creating the foundation for the next stage of national prominence for the Oklahoma Sooners (“Football”). Barry Switzer went on to lead all OU coaches in winning percentage and most conference wins, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame along with Bud Wilkinson, Bennie Owen, Jim Tatum, and Lawrence Jones. Following Switzer with a record breaking career is the 21st head football coach, Bob Stoops. He has had an incredible career, leading the team to their seventh National Championship and eight Big 12 titles (“OU Football Traditions). Due to many outstanding players, several failures and even more successes that further shaped the organization, Bob Stoops’ career will go down in history …show more content…

Beginning with an incredible high school career in 2003, Adrian Peterson was eventually labeled “the best football player on the planet” and he still holds that title today. Playing for the Sooners, Peterson finished 3rd in school history with 4,045 rushing yards (Hoover). Brian “The Boz” Bosworth was said to be “one of the best linebackers to ever play college football”, and he was definitely one of the most memorable. Bosworth led the team in tackles from 1984 to 1986 and was named all conference each of those three years. Another player honored with the term “greatest” was Billy Sims. Sims was considered the greatest runningback in Oklahoma history from 1978-1979. During his career he led the Big 8 in rushing, led the nation in scoring, and set an all-time NCAA record at seven yards per carry. However, throughout all of Oklahoma history, the most famous player to wear the Sooner jersey is Lee Roy Selmon. Selmon was considered one of the best defensive players to ever step on the field in football. He went on to be the first Sooner to ever be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame

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