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5 Greatest Moments in Oklahoma Sooners Football History

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#5. The Sooners Win 30 Straight

Top-ranked Oklahoma used its “fast-break” offense to score three second-half touchdowns and overcome number-three Maryland, 20-6, in the Orange Bowl to claim the national championship. It was the 30th straight win for the Sooners and the second number-one finish in three seasons.

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#4. The 2000 National Championship Season

After spotting top-ranked Nebraska a 14-0 lead, number-two Oklahoma stormed back to earn a 31-14 win, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Huskers and ending NU’s 13-game winning string. QB Josh Heupel threw for 300 yards and a touchdown, and linebacker Rocky Calmus registered 17 tackles.

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#3. The 1986 Orange Bowl

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This one was all about the defense. Oklahoma held Penn State to 103 yards rushing and picked off four Nittany Lion passes in a 25-10 Orange Bowl win that secured OU’s sixth national crown. Linebacker Brian Bosworth had 13 tackles, and QB Jamelle Holieway and tight end Keith Jackson connected on a 71-yard TD.

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#2. Uwe's Kick

The Ohio State crowd was chanting, “Block that kick!” so Sooners kicker Uwe von Schamann decided to play along. After “directing” the cheers, he drilled a 41-yard field goal that gave Oklahoma a dramatic 29-28 win over the Buckeyes.

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#1. Barry's First National Title

Earlier in the day, top-ranked Ohio State had lost to UCLA in the Rose Bowl, so if the Sooners could knock off Michigan, they would be national champs. Thanks to touchdown runs by Billy Brooks – on an end around – and QB Steve Davis, OU earned a 14-6 victory and its first national crown under Barry Switzer.

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